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

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Empire, State, and Society assesses the external and internal forces behind Britain's transformation from global superpower to its current position in the twenty-first century. The authors provide an accessible and balanced introduction, which is thoughtfully organized for ease of use for both students and teachers.

  • Offers a crucial comparative dimension which sets the experience of Britain alongside that of twenty-first-century superpower, the United States of America
  • Draws on recent scholarship to provide a highly current perspective
  • Organised to allow professors to assign readings with more or less depth as student abilities and course lengths allow
  • Written in a style that is wholly accessible and exciting for undergraduates in both the US and the UK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405181808
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • 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.

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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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