A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain presents 33 essays by expert scholars on all the major aspects of the political, social, economic and cultural history of Britain during the late Georgian and Victorian eras.
- Truly British, rather than English, in scope.
- Pays attention to the experiences of women as well as of men.
- Illustrated with maps and charts.
- Includes guides to further reading.
About the Author
Chris Williams is Professor of Welsh History at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is an editor of the Studies in Welsh History monograph series and a committee member of Llafur, the Welsh People’s History Society. He is the author of Democratic Rhondda: Politics and Society, 1885–1951 (1996), Capitalism, Community and Conflict: The South Wales Coalfield 1898–1947 (1998), and editor (with Duncan Tanner and Deian Hopkin) of The Labour Party in Wales, 1900–2000 (2000) and (with Jane Aaron) of Postcolonial Wales (2005).
Table of Contents
List of Maps, Diagrams and Tables x
Introduction 1 Chris Williams
Part I Britain and the World 15
1. Britain and the World Economy 17 Anthony Howe
2. Britain and the European Balance of Power 34 John R. Davis
3. Britain and Empire 53 Douglas M. Peers
4. The Armed Forces 79 Edward M. Spiers
Part II Politics and Government 93
5. The Monarchy and the House of Lords: The ‘Dignified’ Parts of the Constitution 95 William M. Kuhn
6. The State 110 Philip Harling
7. Political Leadership and Political Parties, 1800–46 125 Michael J. Turner
8. Political Leadership and Political Parties, 1846–1900 140 Michael J. Turner
9. Parliamentary Reform and the Electorate 156 Michael S. Smith
10. Politics and Gender 174 Sarah Richardson
11. Political Thought 189 Gregory Claeys
Part III Economy and Society 203
12. Agriculture and Rural Society 205 Michael Winstanley
13. Industry and Transport 223 William J. Ashworth
14. Urbanization 238 Simon Gunn
15. The Family 253 Shani D’Cruze
16. Migration and Settlement 273 Ian Whyte
17. Standard of Living, Quality of Life 287 Jane Humphries
18. Class and the Classes 305 Martin Hewitt
19. Economic Thought 321 Noel Thompson
Part IV Society and Culture 335
20. Religion 337 Mark A. Smith
21. Literacy, Learning and Education 353 Philip Gardner
22. The Press and the Printed Word 369 Aled Jones
23. Crime, Policing and Punishment 381 Heather Shore
24. Popular Leisure and Sport 396 Andy Croll
25. Health and Medicine 412 Keir Waddington
26. Sexuality 430 Lesley A. Hall
27. The Arts 443 Patricia Pulham
28. The Sciences 457 Iwan Rhys Morus
Part V The United Kingdom 471
29. Politics in Ireland 473 Christine Kinealy
30. Economy and Society in Ireland 489 Christine Kinealy
31. Scotland 504 E. W. McFarland
32. Wales 521 Matthew Cragoe
33. British Identities 534 Chris Williams
Bibliography of Secondary Sources 553