Britain Before the Reform Act
Politics and Society 1815-1832 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Eric J. Evans
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Britain Before the Reform Act by Eric J. Evans
Book DescriptionIn the years1815-1832, Britain came close to revolution. Fewer than twenty years separate the Battle of Waterloo from the passing of the 'Great' Reform Act but during this period Britain's political elite was challenged as never before. In rising to that challenge, the political elite attempted, with considerable success, to ensure that Britain engineered that most perilous of transitions, from a less complex and more deferential society into a modern urban and industrial one, while avoding political revolution. In this extensively revised 2nd edition Evans engages with a welter of new material and fresh interpretations. The book sheds light both on the challenges to existing political and social authority and why those challenges were seen off. Evans examines: * The composition of Britain's political elite and how this elite coped with the problems thrown up by a society urbanising and modernising at an unprecedented rate. * How Britain reacted to the longer-term implications of the French Revolution, including the development of a more cohesive national identity. * How the elite attempted to maintain public order in this period - and with what success. * The extent of change in Britain's political system brought about by political, religious and administrative reforms Written in accessible style, with a rich collection of documents, chronology, glossary, a guide to further reading,and a 'Who's Who' which summarises the careers and contributions of the main figures, this new edition is essential for all those interested in understanding Britain at this most crucial turning point in its history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780582299085
(248mm x 171mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eric J. Evans
Parliamentary Reform in Britain, c. 1770-1918, Hardback (January 2016)View all books by Eric J. Evans
Covers the momentous reforms in the British electoral system during the period from the Great Reform Act of 1832 to 1918 when women were given the vote. The study charts the series of Reform Acts right through the period, involving rather more attention to those important changes in the 1880s which are often underplayed.
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Author Biography - Eric J. Evans
Eric J Evans is Emeritus Professor of History at Lancaster University. He is the author of numerous titles of political and social history. His publications include Parliamentary Reform, 1770-1918 (1999) and The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870 (3rd edition,2001) and Thatcher and Thatcherism (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2013).
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