The Nineteenth Century: The British Isles 1815-1901 / Edition 1

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Overview


This new eleven-volume series will span the history of the British Isles from the Roman Era to the present. Each volume consists of essays by leading historians who focus on key issues for the period--including society, economy, religion, politics, and culture. The chapters are at once wide-ranging surveys and searching analyses. They are written for the non-specialist but include new and important findings, making them equally valuable for academics across a range of disciplines.

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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Editorial Reviews

Richard Davenport-Hines
Matthews Nineteenth Century comes as near to authoritative knowledge as is possible.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198731436
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Short Oxford History of the British Isles Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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University of Oxford
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Table of Contents

List of plates
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
Conclusion: fin-de-siecle 293
Further Reading 300
Chronology 306
Maps 327
Index 329
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