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Richard Davenport-HinesMatthews Nineteenth Century comes as near to authoritative knowledge as is possible.
—Times Literary Supplement
The Nineteenth Century is the inaugural volume in the series and covers the peak of Britain's world power. The book sets out to describe the force and complexity of that experience, and to cover, in an interdisciplinary way, the political, economic, and cultural history of the British Isles between 1815 and 1901. It looks at the Victorian economy, as well as Victorian public life, as a cultural and political narrative. It includes chapters on women and domesticity; the interplay of religion, intellect, and science; art; architecture and the city; and the literature, theater, and music of the time. The book provides a vivid portrait of this crucial moment in British history and is ideal for both the student of modern history and the general reader.
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|List of contributors|
|Introduction: the United Kingdom and the Victorian century, 1815-1901||1|
|1||Society and economic life||41|
|2||Public life and politics||85|
|3||The empire and the world||135|
|4||Gender, domesticity, and sexual politics||163|
|5||Religious and intellectual life||195|
|6||Literature, music, and the theatre||229|
|7||Cities, architecture, and art||255|