The Shaping of Modern Britain: Identity, Industry and Empire 1780 - 1914

The Shaping of Modern Britain: Identity, Industry and Empire 1780 - 1914

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 568 pages
  • Dimensions: 171mm x 239mm x 32mm | 946g
  • Publication date: 25 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408225646
  • ISBN 13: 9781408225646
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,175,273

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In this wide-ranging history of modern Britain, Eric Evans surveys every aspect of the period in which Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial power. By the end of the nineteenth century, Britain was still ruled by wealthy landowners, but the world over which they presided had been utterly transformed. It was an era of revolutionary change unparalleled in Britain - yet that change was achieved without political revolution. Ranging across the developing empire, and dealing with such central institutions as the church, education, health, finance and rural and urban life, The Shaping of Modern Britain provides an unparallelled account of Britain's rise to superpower status. Particular attention is given to the Great Reform Act of 1832, and the implications of the 1867 Reform Act are assessed. The book discusses: - the growing role of the central state in domestic policy making- the emergence of the Labour party- the Great Depression- the acquisition of a vast territorial empire Comprehensive, informed and engagingly written, The Shaping of Modern Britain will be an invaluable introduction for students of this key period of British history.

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Eric J. Evans is Professor Emeritus of History at Lancaster University and author of a number of seminal books on the political and social history of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain, including The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870 (third edition 2001) and Britain Before the Reform Act (second edition 2008).

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In 1780, Britain was losing the American War of Independence and at war with both France and Spain, two of the great powers of Europe. Constitutional crisis, perhaps even revolution, seemed imminent. Yet in 1914, Britain entered the First World War confidently, if reluctantly, having established itself as the world's most powerful nation. Why was Britain so successful for so long? Drawing on the experience of more than forty years of historical research and teaching in the field of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British history, Professor Eric Evans addresses this question as part of a fresh, analytical and wide-ranging history of modern Britain. He examines every aspect of the period 1780-1914, in which Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial power, and explains how and why a distinctively modern British state developed as it did. Three key factors made Britain the world's most powerful and influential nation in the nineteenth century: its increasingly clearly articulated sense of an imperial, as well as a national, identity; its status as the world's first, and most advanced, industrial society; and its increasingly representative political structures at both local and national level. Dealing with key issues such as political change, urban and rural society, religion, education and a rapidly developing economy, the book discusses: the growing role of the state, especially in the formulation of social policy; the expansion of political representation and changes in party politics; the golden era of manufacturing industry linked to Britain's role as the world's financial capital;the acquisition of the largest territorial empire in modern history. Comprehensive, informed and engagingly written, "The Shaping of Modern Britain "will be an invaluable guide for students of this key period of British history. Eric J. Evans is Emeritus Professor of Modern 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, including "The Forging of the Modern State "(3rd edn, 2001).

Table of contents

IDENTITY, INDUSTRY AND EMPIRE, 1780-1914 Section 1: Early Industrial Britain, c1780-1850 Introduction Chapter 1: A 'Greater Britain' in 1780? Chapter 2: The Demographic Revolution in Britain and IrelandChapter 3: Aristocracy rampant? Chapter 4: The role and impact of the middle classes in British societyChapter 5: Industrial Revolution or Industrial Evolution?Chapter 6: Urban Growth and Regional DiversityChapter 7: Agriculture in the Early Industrial AgeChapter 8: Industrialism and Conflict Section 2: Britainat war and peace, 1780-1815IntroductionChapter 9: Government in crisis: the impact of the war for AmericaChapter 10: A 'National Revival' under the Younger Pitt, 1783-93Chapter 11: Britain in the 1790s: the impact of the French Revolution Chapter 12: The Younger Pitt & the French Revolutionary Wars, 1793-1801Chapter 13: The Napoleonic Wars, 1803-15Chapter 14: John Bull's other Island: Ireland and Union, 1780-1815Chapter 15: Paying for War: government, politics and religion in early nineteenth-century Britain Section 3:A new political era, 1815-46IntroductionChapter 16: The Age of Lord Liverpool I: Radicalism, Reform and Repression, 1815-22Chapter 17: The Age of Lord Liverpool II: Liberal Toryism, 1822-27?Chapter 18: Congresses and Conflicts: Britain in Europe, 1815-30Chapter 19: Matters Imperial, c1790-c1850Chapter 20: The crisis of Toryism and the road to Reform, 1827-32Chapter 21: The reality of Reform: the new order and its criticsChapter 22: The Age of Peel? Policies and Parties, 1832-46 Section 4:A Mature Industrial Society, c1850-1914 IntroductionChapter 23: A 'Second Industrial Revolution'?: British economic performance, 1850-80 Chapter 24: Social structure and social change in a maturing economy Chapter 25: Identities, Aspirations and GenderChapter 26: Free Trade, Laissez-faire and the changing role the state, c1830-80Chapter 27: Supremacy under threat? Economy and Society, 1880-1914Chapter 28: The State, Charity and the Poor, c1830-c1900Chapter 29: Education, Leisure and Society Section 5:Party, Policy and Diplomacy: 1846-80IntroductionChapter 30: Party Politics Confounded, 1846-59 Chapter 31: Parliamentary Reform c1850-1880: Intention and ImpactChapter 32: Gladstone and the Liberal Party, 1860-80Chapter 33: Disraeli and the Conservative Party, 1860-80Chapter 34: Diplomacy and War: the Pax Britannica challenged, c1840-65Chapter 35: Diplomacy and the Eastern Question, c1865-80 Section 6: Empire, Democracy and the Road to War, 1880-1914.Introduction Chapter 36: 'This vast Empire on which the Sun never sets': imperial expansion and cultural iconChapter 37: Conservatism in the era of SalisburyChapter 38: The Liberal party, 1880-1914: sundered and saved? Chapter 39: Votes for Women Chapter 40: The impact of Ireland on British Politics, 1880-1914Chapter 41: Labour, welfare and social conflict, 1900-14Chapter 42: A greater need for security: Diplomacy and alliance systems, 1880-1902Chapter 43: An accidental catastrophe? The origins of the First World War Chapter 44: Epilogue