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?
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.
Presents history of German Jews, tracing the journey of a people and their culture from the mid eighteenth century to the eve of the Third Reich. This book chronicles a 150-year period of achievement and integration that at its peak produced a golden age second only to the Renaissance.
The Crimean War one of the fiercest battles in Russia's history, killing nearly a million men and completely redrawing the map of Europe. Bringing to life soldiers in snow-filled trenches, surgeons on the battlefield and the haunted, fanatical figure of Tsar Nicholas himself, this title tells the human story of a tragic war.
Offers an account of working-class society in its formative years, 1780 to 1832. This English social history shows how the working class took part in its own making and re-creates the whole-life experience of people who suffered loss of status and freedom, and who underwent degradation.
Presents an exploration of the making of the Victorian age and the Victorian mind. This book traces the evolution of British democracy and shows how early laissez-faire attitudes to the lot of the less fortunate turned into campaigns to improve their lives and prospects. It analyses the birth of new attitudes to education, religion and science.
Engineering genius, technical innovator and one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, Isambard Kingdom Brunel changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions. This biography traces the life, times and monumental achievements of Brunel, the man who helped to build modern Britain.
Tells the story of how the dazzlingly confident and secure monarchy Louis XIV, 'the Sun King', left to his successors in 1715 became the discredited, debt-ridden failure toppled by Revolution in 1789. This title also tells the further story of the bloody unravelling of the Revolution until its seizure by Napoleon.
'Sam Willis has pulled off another notable coup in bringing to light these original dispatches, which add so much knowledge, and so much colour and interest, to a period we thought we knew so well.' N.A.M. Rodger
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.
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
Concludes the most comprehensive and intimate life of Nelson ever written, one that teems with an array of sailors and civilians, heroes and villains, husbands, wives and lovers. This title features Nelson's famous victories at the battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar as well as his lesser-known yet equally gripping campaigns.
[Previously published as 'Went The Day Well'] 'Of all the books marking the bicentenary Waterloo, this has to be the best' Spectator 'A book to die for' Evening Standard From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, this is a breathtaking portrait of the Britain that fought the battle of Waterloo.
In 1887 Government inspectors were sent to investigate the Old Nichol, a notorious slum on the boundary of Bethnal Green parish. The author recovers Old Nichol from the ruins of history and lays bare the social and political conditions that created and sustained this black hole which lay at the very heart of the Empire.
This is a survey of European history, from the coup d'etat of Napoleon, to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand at Sarajevo. It concentrates on the twin themes of revolution and nationalism, which often combined, but which increasingly became rival creeds.
In a panoramic survey of the Victorian Age, this work describes the men and women who brought the modern age into being. The capitalist world was challenged by the ideas of such men as Karl Marx, William Morris and George Bernard Shaw - here they are. Here are also the lofty and famous and here too are the poor and the obscure.
Collector's item, landmark in the history of the tour guide, snapshot of Britain in the 1860s - Bradshaw's Handbook deserves a place on the bookshelf of any traveller, railway enthusiast, historian or anglophile.
Offers a both controversial and comprehensive historical analysis of how the British Empire worked. This book shows how diverse, contradictory and in many ways chaotic the British Empire really was, controlled by interests that were often at loggerheads, and as much driven on by others' weaknesses as by its own strength.
With characteristic balance, this book describes the long retreat and final dissolution of the British Empire. It traces the momentous decline and fall of the greatest of empires - from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee to the death of Winston Churchill in 1965.
An accessible, up-to-date introductory text for non-historians studying French at undergraduate level, providing an overview of the major political and social change in France since 1815 so that students can gain the historical context necessary to understand contemporary France.
William IV, the 'Sailor King', reigned for just seven years. Rash and impetuous as a young man, he was sent to join the navy by his father, George III, to bring him to order, but he was over promoted at an early age and saw his years of active service marked by a series of calamities. This book deals with his life and work.