The Age of Reform, 1815-70

The Age of Reform, 1815-70

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Between Waterloo and Gladstone's first ministry, Britain underwent a series of rapid and complex changes. At home repression gave way to reform of the franchise, local government, education, poor relief, and the factory and legal systems. Further agitation was to arise over the Corn Laws, the People's Charter, and the Irish Question before Britain was able to bask in the glow of the mid-Victorian supremacy forged by its economic might and the foreign policy pursued by Castlereagh, Canning, and Palmerston, which maintained the balance of power and extended the colonial empire.show more

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  • Paperback | 699 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 43.18mm | 480.81g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed of 2 Revised ed
  • 0192852620
  • 9780192852625

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Introduction: England in 1815. Part 1 Politics and parties: the politics of the upper class and the reform of Parliament, 1815-32; monarchy, ministers and parties, 1832-46, the age of Melbourne and Peel; the politics of the people, 1830-50, chartism, factory legislation; party politics and political leaders, 1846-70, the confusion of parties, the Reform Act of 1867. Part 2 England and Europe: foreign policy, 1815-29, Castlereagh, Canning and Wellington; the foreign policy of Palmerston, 1830-1841, the Entente with France, 1841-6, Palmerston and the Crown, 1848-52; the Eastern question, 1841-54 and the Crimean War; the foreign policy of Palmerston, 1856-65. Part 3 Ireland, the colonies and India. Part 4 The age of reform: the organization of a civilized social life; education, 1815-70; religion and the churches; English literature and the development of ideas; movement in the sciences and arts; the condition of the people, 1850-70.show more

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