Takes readers on a tour of London's most formative age - the age of love, sex, intellect, art, great ambition and fantastic ruin. This book is about the Georgians who called London their home, from dukes and artists to rent boys and hot air balloonists meeting dog-nappers and life-models along the way.
An overview of the literature on poverty, and of the welfare policies of the state, as well as the alternative welfare strategies of the poor for the period 1700 to 1850. It examines how we should conceptualize poverty and how ordinary families and communities responded to that poverty.
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 Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon in 1815 at Waterloo ensured British dominance for the rest of the nineteenth century. The author has visited the battlefield, travelled the messengers' routes, and traced untapped British, French and Belgian records. This book offers an original perspective on a key moment in British history.
[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.
From Eugenia Stanhope who sold Lord Chesterfield's scandalous letters, to the autocratic vicar who held the same parish from age 28 to 82, from the just-literate wife of a parish clerk who wrote riddles in his registers, to the cow-keeper who farmed 226 acres in Hornsey till he sold them profitably when the railways came through.
The brutal murder of the Reverend George Parker in the rural village of Oddingley on Midsummer's Day in 1806 - shot and beaten to death, his body set on fire and left smouldering in his own glebe field - gripped everyone from the Home Secretary in London to newspapermen across the country. It was a strange and stubborn case.
Two explorers set out on a journey from which only one of them will return. Their unknown land is that often fearsome continent we call the 20th Century. Their route is through their own minds and memories. Both travellers are professional historians still tormented by their own unanswered questions.
Shows us that the inspiration for the swashbuckling stories was, in fact, Alex Dumas' own father, Alex - the son of a marquis and a black slave... He achieved a giddy ascent from private in the Dragoons to the rank of general; an outsider who had grown up among slaves, he was all for Liberty and Equality.
Written when the author was only twenty-four, and inspired in particular by his time living amongst the poor in Manchester, this title explores the staggering human cost of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England.
Thomas Coram is forever identified with the foundling hospital he established in 1739. The author looks at the scarce but intriguing evidence for his earlier career. As a young man, Coram went to Massachusetts, where he stayed for ten years building ships in Boston and Taunton, working to further the spread of Anglicanism.
One of the longest reigns in British history, George's rule coincided with some of the important events in world history, namely the American and French Revolutions and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. Covering events up to the British victory over Napoleon, this work by a contemporary biographer, catalogues in detail the events of this reign.
In late eighteenth-century Britain a handful of men brought about the greatest transformation in human history. This book tells the story of those decades, the moments of inspiration, the rivalries, skulduggery and death threats, and the tireless perseverance of the visionaries who made it all happen.
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.
George I and his son, George II, continued to spend much time in Germany, insisting on the interests of Hanover influencing on British foreign policy. This work, in a series of personal portraits, shows how these kings, though constitutional monarchs, continued to exert considerable influence, crystallising politics and society.
Not available since 1852, this facsimile of a rare Peninsular War memoir collects Donaldson's memoir of life in Sir Thomas Picton's 'Fighting' 3rd Division, the toughest in the Duke of Wellington's army.
First English translation of the diaries of John Castle's journey to the Kazakh steppe in 1736. Rich ethnographic writing offers insight into the political unrest of the Russian Empire, hidden practices such as exorcism, and the role of Islam in eighteenth-century Kazakhstan.
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.
In one of the ironies of history, the French Revolution led to the execution of Louis XVI and the abolition of the monarchy but also to the empire of Napoleon Bonaparte. This title shows the lasting influence exercised by France's Fourth Dynasty.
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.
This book is a cultural history of seventeenth-century England. It explores the many, often contradictory ways people thought about themselves in relation to Jews, Judaism, and Jewish history. Grounded in archival research, the book analyzes the works of major writers including Foxe, Herbert, Bunyan, Milton, and Dryden.
This groundbreaking investigation into the lives of London's underclass was undertaken by Henry Mayhew in the 1850s. His interviews with street traders, beggars, and thieves results in a work as vivid as a Victorian novel. This new selection includes original illustrations and an illluminating introduction and notes.
A bestseller in 1859, Self-Help became one of Victorian Britain's most important statements on the allied virtues of hard work, thrift, and perseverance. Smiles's book is the precursor of today's motivational and self-improvement literature and encapsulated the aspirational Victorian desire for social advancement.
Following the overthrow of the absolutist monarchy in France in 1789, European history was punctuated by political upheavals until in 1848 the continent was swept by revolutionary fervour. Britain alone of the major western powers seemed exempt. This text examines this apparent difference.
A second edition of the text originally published in 1978. This title is the second volume in the triptych by the same author, depicting the rise and decline of the British Empire and it centres on the Diamond Jubilee of 1897.
This study addresses war as a cultural phenomenon, discusses its meaning in different societies and explores the various contexts of military action. Each chapter takes a geographic area and provides an in-depth analysis of its military history.
Describing the period 1815-1832 as 'The birth of a new age', this book considers the tremendous forces of change operating after industrialisation and discusses the achievement of Lord Liverpool's administration in containing these pressures, thereby leading the way to evolutionary change rather than revolution.
Napoleon Bonaparte: a man of intense emotion, iron self-discipline, acute intelligence and immeasurable energy. From his dangerous Corsican roots to the epic battles of Austerlitz, Jena and Friedland, this book tells the story of how one man's sheer determination, ruthlessness and careful calculation drove France to conquer Europe.