The Georgian Town 1680-1840

Author: Joyce Ellis

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137126108

Category: History

Page: 192

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The period between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries represents a critical period of transition in urban history as the traditional towns of the early modern era evolved into the far larger and more specialised cities of Victorian Britain. This 'long eighteenth century' was a time of vigorous activity in almost every sphere of urban life. Booming health and leisure resorts, seaports, market towns and industrial centres, joined together with the capital cities of London and Edinburgh to cream off the rising wealth of the countryside. This new prosperity was reflected not simply in the growth of urban populations but also in sharply rising standards of material comfort for a substantial proportion of those populations. Local pride celebrated the bright lights, the crowds, the bustle and general cultural superiority of town over country. However, urban life was equally condemned for its noise, smell, squalor, vice and callous indifference, drawbacks highlighted by growing inequalities of wealth and income in this period. This lucid, interesting and persuasive account of the multi-facted experiences of British towns and their inhabitants therefore gives as much weight to the back streets and narrow alleyways that lay at the heart of working-class neighbourhoods as it does to the fashionable squares of Bath, Edinburgh or London's West End. It is also concerned with the role played by the female majority of urban residents within these communities, a role often overlooked by urban historians in the past. Its overall aim is to provide a broad but coherent synthesis combining original research with an overview of the many new issues and interpretations that are currently stimulating a lively debate among historians of urban life.

The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939

Author: Donald M. MacRaild

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137268034

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Until the 1950s, the Irish were by far the largest ethnic minority in Britain. This leading study focuses on the most important phase of Irish migration, providing an analytical discussion of why and how the Irish settled in such numbers. The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939, second edition: • examines key aspects of the social, religious and political worlds of these migrants • explores both Catholic and Protestant immigrants • explains why they were so often the victims of native hostility • adopts a truly Britain-wide approach • draws upon the latest research and a wide range of printed primary sources. Thoroughly revised, updated and expanded, the new edition of this essential text broadens the analysis to 1939 and now features additional chapters on gender and the Irish diaspora in transnational perspective.

Protest, Politics and Work in Rural England, 1700-1850

Author: Carl J. Griffin

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137373016

Category: History

Page: 248

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Rural workers in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England were not passive victims in the face of rapid social change. Carl J. Griffin demonstrates that they deployed an extensive range of resistances – from wood-taking and poaching to the Swing Riots and Chartism - to defend their livelihoods and communities. Thematically organised, Protest, Politics and Work in Rural England, 1700-1850 analyses: • cultures of work, worklessness, the poor laws and poverty • relations between law, the evolving state and rural labourers • enclosure, land-use and changes in the environment • religion, custom and the politics of everyday life and resistance • rural protest movements, trade unionism, and popular, radical politics. Locating protest in the wider contexts of work, poverty and landscape change, this lively and approachable volume offers the first critical overview of a growing area of study.

Making Youth

A History of Youth in Modern Britain

Author: Melanie Tebbutt

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137604158

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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This new study explores how British youth was made, and how it made itself, over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Adopting a chronological approach to a number of key themes and debates, Melanie Tebbutt compares and contrasts representations and lived experiences while emphasising diversity and the need to recognise regional differences.

British Culture and the First World War

Author: George Robb

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 113730751X

Category: History

Page: 296

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The First World War has left its imprint on British society and the popular imagination to an extent almost unparalleled in modern history. Its legacy of mass death, mechanized slaughter, propaganda, and disillusionment swept away long-standing romanticized images of warfare, and continues to haunt the modern consciousness. Focusing on the lives of ordinary Britons, George Robb's engaging new study seeks to comprehend what it meant for an entire society to undergo the tremendous shocks and demands of total war; how it attempted to make sense of the conflict, explain it to others, and deal with the war's legacies. British Culture and the First World War - examines the war's impact on ideologies of race, class and gender, the government's efforts to manage news and to promote patriotism, the role of the arts and sciences, and the commemoration of the war in the decades since - synthesizes much of the best and most recent scholarship on the social and cultural history of the war - reclaims a great deal of neglected or forgotten popular cultural sources such as films, cartoons, juvenile literature and pulp fiction Compact but comprehensive, this accessible and refreshing text is essential reading for anyone interested in British society and culture during the turbulent years of the First World War.

Poverty in Britain, 1900-1965

Author: Ian Gazeley

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137142863

Category: History

Page: 256

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How was poverty measured and defined, and how has this influenced our judgement of the change in poverty in Britain during the first sixty years of the twentieth century? During this period, a large number of poverty surveys were carried out, the methods of which altered after World War II. Commencing with Rowntree's social survey of York in 1899 and ending with Abel-Smith and Townsend's Poor and the Poorest in 1965, Ian Gazeley shows how the means of evaluation and the causes of poverty changed. Poverty in Britain, 1900-1965: - offers a comprehensive empirical assessment of all published poverty and nutritional enquiries in this era - reports the results of recent re-examinations of many of the more famous social surveys that took place - considers the results of these surveys within the context of changing real incomes, the occupational structure and social provision - evaluates the extent to which the reduction in poverty was due to the actions of the State or to increases in real income (including more continuous income from fuller employment) Detailed yet easy to follow, Ian Gazeley's book is an indispensable guide to the changing face of poverty in Britain during the first six decades of the last century.

Riot, Rebellion and Popular Politics in Early Modern England

Author: Andy Wood

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 140394038X

Category: History

Page: 256

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Riot, Rebellion and Popular Politics in Early Modern England reassesses the relationship between politics, social change and popular culture in the period c. 1520-1730. It argues that early modern politics needs to be understood in broad terms, to include not only states and elites, but also disputes over the control of resources and the distribution of power. Andy Wood assesses the history of riot and rebellion in the early modern period, concentrating upon: popular involvement in religious change and political conflict, especially the Reformation and the English Revolution; relations between ruler and ruled; seditious speech; popular politics and the early modern state; custom, the law and popular politics; the impact of literacy and print; and the role of ritual, gender and local identity in popular politics.

The Lollards

Author: Richard Rex

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230212697

Category: History

Page: 208

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The Lollards offers a brief but insightful guide to the entire history of England's only native medieval heretical movement. Beginning with its fourteenth century origins in the theology of the Oxford professor, John Wyclif, Richard Rex examines the spread of Lollardy across much of England until its eventual dissolution amidst the ecclesiastical and doctrinal upheavals of the sixteenth century. Taking account of recent scholarship, Rex reassesses Wyclif's political career and provides a compact survey of his theology which corrects a number of current misapprehensions about it and identifies those features which help explain the hostility it aroused. Whilst endorsing the traditinal view that Lollardy was indeed the lay face of Wycliffism, the author nevertheless challenges a number of cherished myths about England's late medieval heretics. Rex controversially argues that Wyclif and the Lollards were far less important than historians and literary scholars have often claimed, and takes issue with recent attempts to restore Lollardy to its once conventional position as a 'cause' of the Reformation. Powerful and persuasive, The Lollards is essential reading for anyone interested in the movement's relationship to Wyclif's teachings, its social and geographical distribution, its political significance, and its impact on the English Reformation.

Books in Print

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Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

The English Town, 1680-1840

Government, Society and Culture

Author: Rosemary Sweet

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317882946

Category: History

Page: 302

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An impressively thorough exploration of the changing functions, character and experience of English towns in a key age of transition which includes smaller communities as well as the larger industrialising towns. Among the issues examined are demography, social stratification, manners, religion, gender, dissent, amenities and entertainment, and the resilience of provincial culture in the face of the growing influence of London. At its heart is an authoritative study of urban politics: the structures of authority, the realities of civic administration, and the general movement for reform that climaxed in the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835.

A Pleasing Prospect

Society and Culture in Eighteenth-century Colchester

Author: Shani D'Cruze

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781902806723

Category: History

Page: 235

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"Based on extensive primary-source research, A Pleasing Prospect considers the changing historical identity of eighteenth-century Colchester from the perspective of its 'middling sort' - a section of society often attached to cultures of politeness and to the practices of consumption and production that helped shape economic change, and which has recently attracted greater attention from historians. Shani D'Cruze reconstructs eighteenth-century social networks along lines of family, kinship, gender, spatiality, religion and politics to examine the relationships between individual and family of biographies and broader historical change and to reflect on the historical identity of the middling sort as well as on eighteenth-century provincial urban society and culture." --Book Jacket.

Histoire d'Angleterre, XVIe-XVIIIe siècle

Author: Bernard Cottret

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9782130538097

Category: Great Britain

Page: 339

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L'ouvrage dresse un vaste panorama de l'histoire anglaise à l'époque moderne, de la Réforme religieuse à la révolution industrielle. L'histoire insulaire a suscité une réflexion souvent originale, de Richard Tawney ou Lewis Namier à François Crouzet. Comme les meilleurs spécialistes nous l'ont enseigné outre-Manche, l'économie, la société et la religion sont inséparables de l'approche culturelle. Trente ans après l'entrée de la Grande-Bretagne dans l'Europe, l'histoire anglaise s'est largement ouverte sur le continent. Il convient, en retour, de mieux comprendre son évolution. Sont ainsi évoqués la critique de la whig history, l'impact de la sociologie allemande ou les débats entourant l'adoption récente du terme uniforme d'ancien régime pour cerner les sociétés passées.

Liverpool 1660-1750

People, Prosperity and Power

Author: Diana E. Ascott,Fiona Lewis,Michael Power

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781846310072

Category: History

Page: 244

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Liverpool, 1660 –1750 explores the demographic, economic, social, and political structures which made this British port city one of the world’s greatest metropolises. Liverpool was unique in the rate of its commercial development from the late 1600s through the 1900s, but despite this fact, little research has been done either on the characteristics of Liverpool’s population at the beginning of the boom or its social structure. Now, for the first time, a study exists that examines Liverpool’s entire social stratum, from enterprising merchants to the humble shipwrights and craftsmen usually hidden from the history books.

The Eighteenth-Century Town

A Reader in English Urban History 1688-1820

Author: Peter Borsay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317899741

Category: History

Page: 352

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The eighteenth century represents a critical period in the transition of the English urban history, as the town of the early modern era involved into that of the industrial revolution; and since Britain was the 'first industrial nation', this transformation is of more-than-national significance for all those interested in the histroy of towns. This book gathers together in one volume some of the most interesting and important articles that have appeared in research journals to provide a rich variety of perspectives on urban evelopment in the period.