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Looking at the historical evolution of the central political institutions, and the social milieu surrounding them, this book helps to explain Britain's preeminence during the nineteenth century. The "political" history of the country—a substantial part of the book—provides the necessary foundation for a social history that focuses particularly on issues of demography, religion, social class, and gender.

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"There is something refreshing about this approach-that students actually learn something about how the British Cabinet system works, for instance...very useful for students...Rubinstein has written an honest...useful...textbook for students taking nineteenth-century British history courses."—Teaching History

"The discussion of Britain's industrial clear and up to date with recent research in the field, but the strength of this book lies with the author's brief and interesting biographical sketches of ministers and interesting book, a valuable successor to the older Oxford volumes by E.L. Woodward and R.C.K. Ensor covering the same period."—Albion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340575345
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/2/1998
  • Series: Arnold History of Britain Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

W.D. Rubinstein is a Professor at University of Wales, Aberystwyth

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Britain in 1815
Pt. I Political History
1 The Liverpool government: victory abroad, unrest at home, 1815-1822 3
2 The decline of Tory rule, 1822-1830 16
3 The Whig government and the Great Reform Act, 1830-1834 33
4 Lord Melbourne and the Whig governments of 1834-1841 54
5 Sir Robert Peel and repeal, 1841-1846 71
6 The mid-Victorian Whig ascendancy, 1846-1852 85
7 The minority Conservative governments, 1852-1868, and the rise of Disraeli 99
8 Lord Aberdeen and the Crimean War 114
9 The zenith of Lord Palmerston, 1855-1866 124
10 Gladstone's great government, 1868-1874 145
11 Disraeli's ascendancy, 1874-1880 167
12 Towards the Home Rule crisis, 1880-1886 184
13 The era of Lord Salisbury, 1886-1895 211
14 The era of Lord Salisbury, 1895-1902 230
15 The end of Conservative hegemony and the rise of the Liberals, 1902-1906 245
Pt. II Social History
16 British population growth, 1750-1914 261
17 Social class in Britain, 1815-1905 279
18 Religion and the churches in British society, 1815-1905 298
19 Gender and identities 318
Conclusion: stability and change 334
Bibliography 337
Index 348
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