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Structures and Transformations in Modern British History

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David Feldman, Jon Lawrence, E. A. Wrigley, Emma Griffin, Joanna Innes, Margot Finn, Alan Howkins, Tristram Hunt, Jonathan Parry, Anne Summers, Daniel Pick, Alastair J. Reid
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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521518826

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  • This major collection of essays challenges many of our preconceptions about British political and social history from the late eighteenth century to the present. Inspired by the work of Gareth Stedman Jones, twelve leading scholars explore both the long-term structures – social, political and intellectual – of modern British history, and the forces that have transformed those structures at key moments. The result is a series of insightful, original essays presenting new research within a broad historical context. Subjects covered include the consequences of rapid demographic change in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the forces shaping transnational networks, especially those between Britain and its empire; and the recurrent problem of how we connect cultural politics to social change. An introductory essay situates Stedman Jones's work within the broader historiographical trends of the past thirty years, drawing important conclusions about new directions for scholarship in the twenty-first century.

    • A major new collection of essays on modern British history by the leading scholars in the field
    • Brings together insights from a wide range of sub-disciplines including demographic, urban, social, cultural, imperial, intellectual and political history
    • Will prove indispensable reading for anyone interested in understanding what is new in modern British history
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    "...extraordinary collection of essays..." -Sonya O. Rose, Victorian Studies

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521518826
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: structures and transformations in British historiography David Feldman and Jon Lawrence
    1. Coping with rapid population growth: how England fared in the century preceding the Great Exhibition of 1851 E. A. Wrigley
    2. The 'urban renaissance' and the mob: rethinking civic improvement over the long eighteenth century Emma Griffin
    3. Forms of 'government growth', 1780–1830 Joanna Innes
    4. Family formations: Anglo India and the familial proto-state Margot Finn
    5. The commons, enclosure and radical histories Alan Howkins
    6. Engels and the city: the philosophy and practice of urban hypocrisy Tristram Hunt
    7. The decline of institutional reform in nineteenth-century Britain Jonathan Parry
    8. British women and cultures of internationalism, c.1815–1914 Anne Summers
    9. Psychoanalysis, history and national culture Daniel Pick
    10. Labour and the politics of class, 1900–40 Jon Lawrence
    11. The dialectics of liberation: the Old Left, the New Left and the counter-culture Alastair J. Reid
    12. Why the English like turbans: a history of multiculturalism in one country David Feldman.

  • Editors

    David Feldman, Birkbeck College, University of London
    David Feldman teaches history at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism. He has written on Jewish history as well as on the history of migration, immigration and emigration in early modern and modern Britain. He is the author of Englishmen and Jews: Social Relations and Political Culture, 1840–1914 (1994) and most recently (together with Leo Lucassen and Jochen Oltmer) he edited Paths of Integration: Migrants in Western Europe, 1880–2004 (2006). He is currently writing a book on immigration and public policy in Britain since 1600.

    Jon Lawrence, University of Cambridge
    Jon Lawrence lectures in Modern British History at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. He has written widely on the social, political and cultural history of modern Britain, and is the author of Speaking for the People: Party, Language and Popular Politics in England, 1867–1914 (1998), Electing Our Masters: The Hustings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair (2009), and with Miles Taylor, Party, State and Society: Electoral Behaviour in Britain since 1820 (1997). He is currently writing a book on class and the politics of social identity in modern Britain.

    Contributors

    David Feldman, Jon Lawrence, E. A. Wrigley, Emma Griffin, Joanna Innes, Margot Finn, Alan Howkins, Tristram Hunt, Jonathan Parry, Anne Summers, Daniel Pick, Alastair J. Reid

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