The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870 [NOOK Book]

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B> This is a survey of every aspect of the period in which the Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial power. It was an era of revolutionary change unparalleled in Britain, yet one in which transformation was achieved without political revolution. The combination of revolution and transition is a major theme of the book, which ranges across the embryonic empire, the Church, education, health, finance and rural and urban life, and gives particular attention to the Great Reform Act of 1832. ...
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Overview

B> This is a survey of every aspect of the period in which the Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial power. It was an era of revolutionary change unparalleled in Britain, yet one in which transformation was achieved without political revolution. The combination of revolution and transition is a major theme of the book, which ranges across the embryonic empire, the Church, education, health, finance and rural and urban life, and gives particular attention to the Great Reform Act of 1832. Examining Britain's rise to superpower status, this third edition of The Forging of the Modern State includes an entirely new introductory chapter, and is illustrated for the first time. For those interested in British history.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Evans's elegant and fluent treatment is quite superb.' Times Educational Supplement

"as a textbook it is a model of its kind, clearly written and well set out for ease of use" Edward Royle, English Historical Reviewv

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317873709
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/6/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 648
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Eric J. Evans is Professor of History at Lancaster University and the author of a number of seminal books on eighteenth and nineteenth century history.

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Table of Contents

List of maps
Editor's foreword
Introduction to the Third Edition
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Note on the framework of events
Pt. 1 Reconstruction and the Challenge of War, 1783-1815
1 Britain in the early 1780s: I Society and economy 7
2 Britain in the early 1780s: II Politics and government 16
3 'A nation restored': I Politics and finance under Pitt, 1784-1790 25
4 'A nation restored': II Overseas trade and foreign affairs 37
5 The new political economy and the early impact of laissez-faire 47
6 The new moral economy: Wilberforce, the Saints and New Dissent 57
7 The decline of the Whigs and the emergence of a new Conservatism, 1788-1812 71
8 Radicalism, repression and patriotism, 1789-1803 83
9 The wars with France: I Pitt's War, Addington's Peace, 1793-1803 96
10 The wars with France: II Endurance and triumph, 1803-1815 104
11 Ireland: The road to Union, 1782-1801 115
Pt. 2 The Industrial Revolution and Its Consequences
12 The onset of industrialism 129
13 Entrepreneurs and markets 141
14 The structure and organization of the workforce in early industrial Britain 154
15 A living from the land: Landowners, farmers and improvement 165
16 'Living and partly living': Labourers, poverty and protest 177
17 Standards of living and the quality of life 189
18 Organizations of labour 200
19 Class consciousness? 212
Pt. 3 The Crucible of Reform, 1815-1846
20 Unprepared for peace: Distress and the resurgence of reform, 1815-1820 227
21 Liberal Toryism? 238
22 Influence without entanglement: Foreign affairs, 1815-1846 246
23 The crisis of reform, 1827-1832 256
24 'The real interests of the aristocracy': The Reform Act of 1832 266
25 The condition of England question: I The new Poor Law 275
26 The condition of England question: II Factory reform, education and public health 286
27 'The Church in danger': Anglicanism and its opponents 296
28 The age of Peel? Politics and policies, 1832-1846 306
29 The politics of pressure: I Chartism 320
30 The politics of pressure: II The Anti-Corn-Law League 331
Pt. 4 Early Industrial Society, Refined and Tested, 1846-1870
31 The zenith of the bourgeoisie 347
32 The professionalization of government 358
33 Urban Britain in the age of improvement 367
34 Religion and society 377
35 Leisure and responsibility 387
36 Education and the consciousness of status 397
37 'An assembly of gentlemen': Party politics, 1846-1859 408
38 Palmerston and the pax Britannica 419
39 The revival of reform 430
40 'The principle of numbers': Towards democracy, 1867-1870 440
41 Conclusion: Forging a modern state or modern states? Integration and diversity in the United Kingdom 448
A British governments, 1783-1870 463
B Parliament and parliamentary reform 479
C The growth of Government 489
D The economy 495
E Population 512
F Foreign and colonial affairs 521
G Religion 530
Maps 539
Bibliography 548
Bibliography of Recent Works 561
Index 567
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