Rethinking the Age of Reform: Britain, 1780-1850

Rethinking the Age of Reform: Britain, 1780-1850

by Arthur Burns
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521823943

ISBN-13: 9780521823944

Pub. Date: 11/30/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Combining the research of recognized young scholars, this book revisits Britain's much-studied "age of reform", before and after the Great Reform Act of 1832. It demonstrates that "reformers" hoped to reform not only parliament, government, the law and the church, but also medicine and the theater, among other entities. While the study focuses primarily on Britain,

Overview

Combining the research of recognized young scholars, this book revisits Britain's much-studied "age of reform", before and after the Great Reform Act of 1832. It demonstrates that "reformers" hoped to reform not only parliament, government, the law and the church, but also medicine and the theater, among other entities. While the study focuses primarily on Britain, it also includes essays on Ireland, the Empire and continental Europe. A substantial introduction provides an overview of the period and its historiography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521823944
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2003
Series:
Past and Present Publications Series
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction Joanna Innes and Arthur Burns; 2. 'Reform' in English public life: the fortunes of a word Joanna Innes; 3. Parliament, the state and 'old corruption': conceptualising reform, c. 1790–1832 Philip Harling; 4. 'Old wine in new bottles': the concept and practice of law reform, c. 1780–1830 Michael Lobban; 5. English 'church reform' revisited, 1780–1840 Arthur Burns; 6. Medicine in the age of reform Ian A. Burney; 7. British antislavery reassessed David Turley; 8. 'The age of physiological reformers': rethinking gender and domesticity in the age of reform Kathryn Gleadle; 9. Reforming the aristocracy: opera and elite culture, 1780–1860 Jennifer L. Hall-Witt; 10. Reform on the London stage Katherine Newey; 11. Reforming culture: national art institutions in the age of reform Holger Hoock; 12. Irish reform between the 1798 Rebellion and the Great Famine Jennifer Ridden; 12. Empire and parliamentary reform: the 1832 Reform Act revisited Miles Taylor; 14. Reforms, movements for reform and possibilities of reform: comparing Britain and continental Europe Jonathan Sperber; Index.

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