The Mid-Victorian Generation, 1846-1886 / Edition 1

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This, the third volume to appear in the New Oxford History of England, covers the period from the repeal of the Corn Laws to the dramatic failure of Gladstone's first Home Rule Bill. In his magisterial study of the mid-Victorian generation, Theo Hoppen identifies three defining themes. The first he calls 'established industrialism' - the growing acceptance that factory life and manufacturing had come to stay. The second concerns the 'multiple national identities' of the constituent parts of the United Kingdom. The third defining theme is that of 'interlocking spheres' which the author uses to illuminate the formation of public culture in the period.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...[a] splendid volume....Theodore Hoppen's book will define our views of mid-Victorian society for the next two or three generations, and well it should. It is a book written from deep knowledge, wide reading, and sparkling historical vision; students and scholars will gain much from reading it."--Albion

"...[a] rich and nuanced picture of Britain between 1846 and 1886...Hoppen writes with uncommon fluency, grace and wit."--David Cannadine, Columbia University

"...a critical review of recent conclusions among social and economic historians..."Times Literary Supplement

"...a qualified triumph...episodes of brilliant exposition and historical insight."--Historical Journal

"Hoppen has succeeded in providing a solid, valuable reference that will an essential source on the mid-Victorian age."--History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198731993
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: New Oxford History of England Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 824
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore K. Hoppen is Professor in History at the University of Hull.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Maps
List of Tables
Acknowledgements to Illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Society and the State
1 The Agrarian Interest 9
2 The Middle Sort of People 31
3 Workers by Hand 56
4 The Nature of the State 91
Pt. II The Fabric of Politics
5 Parties, Governments, Policies 1846-1855 127
6 Crimean War and Indian Mutiny 167
7 Palmerston and After, 1855-1868 198
8 Reform and Electoral Politics 237
Pt. III Money and Mentalities
9 A Maturing Economy 275
10 Living and Spending 316
11 The Business of Culture 372
12 Godly People 427
13 The Evolutionary Moment 472
Pt. IV England and Beyond
14 A British Nation? The Experiences of Scotland and Wales 513
15 The Island of Ireland 559
16 Gladstone and Disraeli 1868-1880 591
17 Shifts and Realignments 1880-1886 638
Maps 691
Chronology 703
List of Cabinets 716
Bibliography 725
Index 749
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