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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
The story of Isandlwana, the battle that shocked the British empire at its zenith, and Rorke's Drift, which immediately followed it and went some way to restoring wounded British pride: how they were fought, how they have been remembered, and what they mean for us today.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1811 John Williams was buried with a stake in his heart. Was he the notorious East End killer or his eighth victim in the bizarre and shocking Ratcliffe Highway Murders? In this reconstruction, the authors draw on forensics, public records, and newspaper clippings to shed new light on this infamous Wapping mystery.
LIVES THAT NEVER GROW OLD A radical new series - edited by Richard Holmes - that recovers the great classical tradition of English biography. Every book is a biographical masterpiece, still thrilling to read and vividly alive.
'Lives that Never Grow Old' is a wonderful series- edited by Richard Holmes - that recovers the great classical tradition of English biography. Every book is a biographical masterpiece, still thrilling to read and vividly alive.
Sarah Losh, strong-willed and passionate, an architect and an intellectual who dumbfounded critics with her genius and originality. Born into an old Cumbrian family, heiress to an industrial fortune, Sarah combined a zest for progress with a love of the past.
Tells the story of the rise of the British Empire, from the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 to her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The author evokes every aspect of the 'great adventure', ranging from ships and botanical gardens to hill stations and sugar plantations, as she traces the impact of empire on places as diverse as Sierra Leone and Fiji.
The struggles for power between individuals, parties and classes, and between the nations of Europe as a whole, are discussed within the context of a study of the administration and growth of European society.
Reissued in a new paperback package to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. 'I can think of few better ways to while away those elastic periods awaiting the arrival of the next eastbound Circle Line train than by reading [this book].' Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph
In the 19th century, work shaped people's lives. The nature and variety of their labour governed where and how they lived. The main theme of this wide ranging analytical narrative is how the lives of the working class changed in Britain between 1830 and 1914.
Eminent Victorians is a groundbreaking work of biography that raised the genre to the level of high art. It replaced reverence with scepticism and Strachey's wit, iconoclasm, and narrative skill liberated the biographical enterprise. His portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon changed perceptions of the Victorians for a generation.
The Marquess of Queensberry is perhaps as famous for destroying one of our greatest literary geniuses as he was for helping establish the rules of modern-day boxing. This biography of the marquess, also known as John Sholto Douglas, paints a far more complex picture by drawing on new sources and unpublished letters.
Between 1856 and 1876, five explorers, all British, took on the seemingly impossible task of discovering the source of the White Nile. Showing exceptional courage and resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, Samuel Baker, David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and their reputations in the name of this quest.