The Forging of the Modern State

The Forging of the Modern State : Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870

By (author) Eric J. Evans

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In this hugely ambitious history of Britain, Eric Evans surveys every aspect of the period in which the country was transformed into the world's first industrial power. This was an era of revolutionary change unparalleled in Britain, yet one in which transformation was achieved without political revolution. The unique combination of transition and revolution is a major theme in the book, which ranges across the embryonic empire, the Church, education, health, finance, and rural and urban life. Evans gives particular attention to the Great Reform Act of 1832. The Third Edition includes an entirely new introductory chapter, and is illustrated for the first time.

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  • Paperback | 626 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 36mm | 821g
  • 01 Dec 2001
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LONGMAN
  • London
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0582472679
  • 9780582472679
  • 459,289

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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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'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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'Evans's elegant and fluent treatment is quite superb.' "Times Educational Supplement" In this hugely ambitious and wide-ranging history of Britain, Eric Evans surveys a period in which Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial, while the foundations of the largest empire the world had seen were also being securely laid. This was an era of unprecedented political crisis, economic opportunity and social upheaval unparalleled in Britain, yet one during which transformation was achieved without revolution. The unique and potent combination of transition and transformation is a major theme in this book. The book ranges ranges across key political, diplomatic, social, cultural, economic and religious themes in a series of short, lively chapters whose purpose is to convey the overall drama of hectic change which stopped well short of political revolution. Britain was still ruled by wealthy landonwners in 1870 as it had been in 1783. The world over which they presided, however, had been transformed utterly. It had become an urban, industrial and commercial society, a change achieved without revolution. [Evans examines whether their success in doing so was due more to good management than good fortune.] This new edition includes a new and revisionist introductory chapter and a thoroughly updated bibliography. The book appears with illustrations for the first time. Eric J. Evans is Professor of History at Lancaster University and the author of a number of seminal books on the political and social history of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.

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