How did Britain's power and influence decline? Seeking to answer this question, this book begins with the reign of Edward VII, when Great Britain commanded the mightiest empire in the world. It ends with the Coronation of Elizabeth II, when Britain emerged victorious from a world war, but ruined as a world power.
In The Age of Revolution, Eric Hobsbawm focuses on the tumultuous late 18th and early 19th centuries. He argues that the "dual revolutions" of the time -the French Revolution and the British Industrial Revolution - changed the way the whole world thought about politics and power, and fundamentally shaped the modern era.
Slavery had been accepted in Western culture for centuries. So why did a movement suddenly rise up in the industrial era calling for its abolition? Could it be that people had suddenly become more enlightened and humanitarian? Or were there other, more compelling and perhaps self-serving reasons for this sudden about-turn?
Presents an account of the development of Europe since 1870. This title provides coverage that ranges from one country to another, making comparisons along the way, and focusing on intellectual and social trends as well as political developments.
This is a biography of two remarkable women. Lady Eleanor Butler was 29 when she first met Sarah Ponsonby, a retiring girl of 13. Ten years later, in 1778, the two ladies eloped. Amid scenes of scandal and havoc, they settled in a cottage in Llangollen, entertaining celebrities of the day.
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides biographies of Britain's fascinating historical figures - people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time. Part of this series, this title talks about Charles Darwin.
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides bite-sized biographies of Britain's most fascinating historical figures. Each book in the series is based upon the biographical entry from the world-famous "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". This title talks about Benjamin Disraeli.
The cultural dimension of the railway age is often overshadowed by its mechanical and physical elements. Here its centrality in the literary, artistic and imaginative life of the nation is set side by side with its financial, speculative and economic aspects to provide an original insight into the realities of Victorian life.
Planned with the A-level student specifically in mind, the "Access to History" series is designed to be expansive enough so that re-reading of condensed narrative is not required. This book looks at the unification of Italy (1815-70).
This book is an authoritative inquiry into some of the most turbulent events in the history of Eastern Europe. By considering three key themes: modernism, nationalism and empire, Armour analyzes how the foundations of nationalism developed from within an environment of widespread social turmoil.
Part of the "Access to History" series, this book examines the rise and fall of Napoleon and the effect of his rule, both long and short term, on France and the rest of Europe. An analytical approach is taken to how and why Napoleon gained control in France and how and why he was finally defeated.
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides bite-sized biographies of Britain's most fascinating historical figures. Each book in the series is based upon the biographical entry from the world-famous "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". This title talks about Christopher Wren.
The three volumes weave together the histories of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and their peoples. Volume II includes the formation of the nation-state, the industrialization of the British economy and the emergence of Victorian society.
From the writer of the Radio 4 "Sceptred Isle" series, this volume observes Britain over the last 100 years. It provides a comprehensive and entertaining overview of key political, cultural and economic events as well as highlighting scientific innovations.
From his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 1850s to his retirement in 1894, William Gladstone held sway to an unequalled degree - both over his party and over great sections of the country - for an unparalled time. This is the first volume of Richard Shannon's biography of Gladstone.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)), four times Prime Minister and MP for sixty-three years, was one of the greatest British statesmen. He was remarkable not only for the political impact he had on Victorian England but also for his complex personality. This book talks about his life.
From the bestselling popular historian comes a masterly recreation of Victorian London, whose raucous streets and teeming denizens inspired and permeated the works of one of Britain's - and the world's - greatest novelists: Charles Dickens.
London in the eighteenth century was very much a new city, risen from the ashes of the Great Fire. With thousands of homes and many landmark buildings destroyed, it had been brought to the brink. This title explores how and to what extent Londoners negotiated and repaired these open wounds.
In August 1780 Sir Theodosius Boughton, a dissolute Old Etonian twenty-year-old and heir to a Warwickshire fortune, died in painful convulsions after taking his medicine. The following year after an inquest and trial, his brother-in-law, Captain John 'Diamond' Donellan, Irish soldier of fortune was tried for his murder. Was Donellan guilty?
Espionage exerts a hold on the public imagination. "The Spying Game" covers economic intelligence and the fight against organised crime as well as the activities of MI5, MI6, the Defence Intelligence Staff and GCHQ.
"What the Industrial Revolution Did For Us" is a journey back in time, giving the reader an insight into how British life was transformed between 1750 and 1830, and how it shaped the world we live in today.
This work gives a compelling account of the officer who waged the intelligence battle against Napoleon's army, a forerunner to the great code-breakers of the 20th century. George Scovell used Spanish guerillas to capture coded French messages, and then set to work decrypting them.
A resource for students and teachers, this book gives its readers a firm grounding in 19th- and 20th-century French history and culture. It focuses on iconic moments in history rather than straightforward chronological narrative as a base from which to launch more specialized interests.
This is the biography of one of the ugliest men of his age. But John Wilkes (1727-97) claimed that half an hour of his conversation would cause men, and especially women, to forget his looks. He was a radical Whig politician, expelled from the House of Commons, who invigorated popular radicalism.
Tracing China's course from the eighteenth-century Qing Dynasty to today's People's Republic, this book shows how the country's worldview has evolved. It explains how Chinese attitudes have been determined by both receptiveness and resistance to outside influence and presents the preoccupations that have set its foreign-relations agenda.
In 1700, Britain was a rural country. By 1850, the year before the Great Exhibition, it was 'the workshop of the world'. This book examines this change, the creation of national markets, and the economic growth which characterized the movement from agriculture to industry. It is useful for anyone studying 18th and 19th century British history.
Using case studies, including the experiences of individuals as well as extracts from contemporary documents, this book aims to capture the reality of industrialization while introducing the many facts and figures which make up the real backbone of the history of the period.
Describes Britain's rise as the world's first industrial world power, its decline from the temporary dominance of the pioneer, its rather special relationship with the rest of the world (notably the underdeveloped countries) and the effects of all these on the life of the British people.