Empire, State, and Society: Britain since 1830 / Edition 1

Empire, State, and Society: Britain since 1830 / Edition 1

by Jamie L. Bronstein, Andrew T. Harris
     
 

In the nineteenth century, Great Britain was a world-recognized superpower. Tremendous economic growth fostered a daunting formal empire, global networks of trade and investment, and a formidable military. By the late twentieth century this position of dominance had eroded significantly under the stress of two world wars, rising nationalist movements, shifting

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Overview

In the nineteenth century, Great Britain was a world-recognized superpower. Tremendous economic growth fostered a daunting formal empire, global networks of trade and investment, and a formidable military. By the late twentieth century this position of dominance had eroded significantly under the stress of two world wars, rising nationalist movements, shifting geopolitics, and the transformation to a post-industrial economy. As Britain adjusts to her new place in the post-colonial world, Empire, State, and Society assesses the external and internal forces behind these transformations.

The authors draw on the most recent scholarship to give due importance to social, economic, and cultural changes as well as politics and international diplomacy. Divided into chapters both chronologically and thematically, Empire, State, and Society enables detailed exploration of issues such as race, gender, religion, and the environment. In doing so, the book provides an accessible, comprehensive, and balanced introduction to British history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405181808
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,030,816
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jamie L. Bronstein is Professor of History at New Mexico State University. She is the author of three books: Land Reform and Working-Class Experience in Britain and the United States, 1800-1862 (1999), Caught in the Machinery: Workplace Accidents and Injured Workers in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2008), and Transatlantic Radical: John Francis Bray (2009).

Andrew T. Harris is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Bridgewater State University. He is the author of Policing the City: Crime and Legal Authority in London, 1780-1840 (2004). He served as an American Council on Education Fellow in 2008-2009, and has been active in the Council on Undergraduate Research since 2002.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Britain to 1830 4

2 Universal Suffrage and No Surrender: Politics at Home and Abroad, 1830–1867 30

3 Dark Satanic Mills? Economic and Social Change, 1830–1867 52

4 Utilitarians, Evangelicals, and Empire: Intellectual and Cultural Developments, 1830–1867 70

5 Democracy and Empire: Politics, 1867–1910 91

6 The Decline of the Aristocracy: Economic and Social Change, 1867–1910 110

7 Faith and Doubt? Cultural Change, 1867–1910 125

8 In Flanders Fields: Britain and the Great War, 1910–1918 147

9 Nationalism and Depression: Politics, Economics, and Social Change, 1919–1939 168

10 Culture and Ideas between the Wars, 1919–1939 191

11 London Burning: Britain in the Second WorldWar 206

12 Winds of Change: Politics, 1945–1979 222

13 Building a Welfare State: Society and the Economy, 1945–1979 242

14 Meet the Beatles: Cultural and Intellectual Developments, 1945–1979 259

15 From Rule Britannia to Cool Britannia: Politics, 1979–2007 277

16 Whither Britain? Society and Culture since 1979 296

Appendix: Reigns and Ministries since 1830 312

Bibliography 315

Index 330

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