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This book offers a major reassessment of the place of propertied people in eighteenth-century England. Common views of politics in this period postulate aristocratic dominance coexisting with plebeian vitality. Paul Langford explores the terrain which lay between the high ground of elite rule and the low ground of popular politics, revealing the vigorous activity and institutional creativity which prevailed in it. Dr Langford shows us a society in which middle-class men and women increasingly enforced their social priorities, vested interests, and ideological preoccupations. In an age imbued with the propertied mentality, the machinery, formal and informal, for managing public affairs was constantly revised. Political and religious prejudices are shown in retreat before the requirements of propertied association. Parliament appears as the willing tool of interests and communities which were by no means submissive to the traditional authority of the gentry. The nobility is seen obediently adapting to the demands of those whom it sought to patronize. This perceptive study makes a significant contribution to our understanding of eighteenth-century society and politics.
This book looks at visual images as an alternative and undervalued source of evidence for ideas about the Scottish Gaidhealtachd in the period 1700 - 1880. Illustrated with 100 plates, it brings together many little known and previously unrelated images. Addressing the textual bias inherent in Scottish historical studies, the book examines a broad range of maps, plans, paintings, drawings, sketches and printed images, arguing that the concept of antiquity was the single most powerful influence driving the visual representation of the Highlands and Islands from 1700 to 1880, and indeed beyond. Successive chapters look at archaeological, ethnological and geological motives for visualising the Highlands, and at the bias in favour of antiquity which resulted from the spread of these intellectual influences into the fine arts. The book concludes that the shadow of time which hallmarked visual representations of the region resulted in a preservationist mentality which has had powerful repercussions for approaches to Highland issues down to the present day. The book will appeal to historians, art historians, cultural geographers, and the general reader interested in Highland history and culture.
"The Highland Clearances Trail" answers the where, why, what and whens of the Highland Clearances. Taking you around the significant sites of the Highland Clearances this vivid guide gives a scholarly introduction to a tragic moment in Scotland's history. Perthshire, Ross-Shire, Arran, Sutherland and Caithness are among the many areas covered. With full background information supplied, along with maps and illustrations, "The Highland Clearances Trail" provides an alternative route around the Highlands that will leave the reader with a deeper understanding of this sublime landscape.
This collected edition of Samuel Smiles comprises all separately published works, from his little-known and self-financed first book, "Physical Education" (1838), to his posthumously issued autobiography. Most famously, Smiles wrote "Self-Help" (1859), developed out of lectures on the education of the working classes. Like his biographies of contemporary role models, Smiles hoped that the anecdotes and stories of others would inspire his readers to better themselves morally, intellectually and creatively.
This text describes how Irish women (despite their frequent omission from the history books) have always played a key role in the struggle for independence. The author depicts the role women have played in the "Irish struggle" from 1881 to the present day, particularly in the crucial post-1916 period, and in doing so underlines the irony whereby "fellow" nationalists, despite their common struggle, remained factionalized. The book focuses on three pivotal Irish nationalist women's organizations - the Ladies Land League, Inghinidhe na hEireann and Cumann na mBan - and shows how, despite the inherent differences between the three movements, a salient theme emerges, namely the underwhelming extent to which Irish women have been recognized as a driving force in Irish political history. Since Mary Robinson's election as president, women are slowly starting to acquire a higher profile in Irish politics - a trend most clearly marked by the "feminization" of Sinn Fein. This book provides a study of past neglect, and of the growing recognition of women's role in Irish politics.
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Ireland in the mid-1800s was primarily a population of peasants,
forced to live on a single, moderately nutritious crop: potatoes.
Suddenly, in 1846, an unknown and uncontrollable disease turned the
potato crop to inedible slime, and all Ireland was threatened.
This classic Marxist text is an important document of social conditions in a Victorian industrial city. Engels describes the appalling conditions of the working class with detail, accuracy, compassion and anger. He discusses the daily life of the factory hands, the horrible industrial accidents and the pollution of the city. He contrasts their squalid living conditions with the luxury of the bourgeois manufacturers (like himself) and also compares Manchester with other Victorian cities. He also discusses the influx of immigrants from Ireland and from the country to the big cities.
Born in 1786, by the time she was 15 years old, Harriette Wilson was well on her way to becoming Regency London's most sought-after courtesan. She counted amongst her conquests the Prince of Wales, the Lord Chancellor, and no less than four future Prime Ministers. There was hardly a young dandy in Mayfair who had not been involved with Harriette, who entranced men with her wit as much as her beauty. But when the Duke of Beaufort put a halt on the payments he had promised her, Harriette decided to avenge herself on the whole pack.
This title accompanies Channel 4's programme that reveals just how radically life has been transformed by a century of science and technology.
The Crimean War is famous for four key engagements: Inkerman, Alma, Balaclava and the seige of Sebastopol. All typified the incompetence of the British High Command redeemed by the indomitable courage of the British soldier. "C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre," remarked the French general Bosquet as the Light Brigade suicidally charged the Russian guns at Balaclava. This book is based on unpublished material, from single letters by barely literate private soliders to the voluminous correspondence of commander-in-chief Lord Raglan. The whole experience of fighting in the Crimea is captured here: the thrill of combat, the men's impressions of their allies - French, Turkish and Sardinian, the horors of their first winter in the Crimea, the scandalously inadequate medical arrangements and the impact made by Florence Nightingale.
What made Nelson so special? What individual quality led Byron rightly to celebrate Nelson's genius as 'Britannia's God of War'? Andrew Lambert demonstrates how Nelson elevated the business of naval warfare to the level of the sublime. Where his predecessors and opponents saw a particular battle as an end in itself, Nelson - even in the midst of terrifying, close-quarters action - was concerned to exploit the victory he was achieving. Nelson explores the professional, personal, intellectual and practical origins of the man's genius, to understand how the greatest warrior that Britain has ever produced transformed the art of conflict, and enabled his country to survive the challenge of total war and international isolation.
In a biography of style and energy, Frances Wilson makes use of previously unseen letters, law reports and confidential Government correspondence to reveal the true story of the sexual celebrity who blackmailed the British aristocracy and held even the king to ransom. Harriette Wilson was the most desired and the most dangerous woman in Regency London. This biography reveals for the first time the true story behind her sensational life and scandalous 'Memoirs'. When her former lovers - including much of the British aristocracy - turned against her, she knew exactly how to take revenge ...
A wonderfully evocative account of the Hebrides, drawn from the journals and memoirs of intrepid travellers and from the author's many personal journeys in these remarkable islands. Before 1770, the island of the Hebrides were virtually unvisited by outsiders Remote and inaccessible, they were, in Dr Johnson's words, as unknown as Borneo or Sumatra. Then, partly as a result of the success of Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's A Journey to the Hebrides, they became a magnet for travellers from all over Europe. Scott, Keats, Mendelssohn, Turner, Wordsworth and others made the long journey north and were inspired and astonished by the worlds they entered. Many other 19th century travellers took the road to the Isles and wrote accounts of their adventures. In this delightful book, Derek Cooper has recreated a kaleidoscope of life in the Hebrides in those days. His story begins in 1770, in the days of smuggling and press gangs, and ends in the summer of 1914 with the shooting lodges closing their shutters and the glittering steam yachts sailing south to become fleet auxiliaries in the First World War.
In the 1760s a group of amateur experimenters met and made friends in the Midlands. Most came from humble families, all lived far from the centre of things, but they were young and their optimism was boundless: together they would change the world. Among them were the ambitious toy-maker Matthew Boulton and his partner James Watt, of steam-engine fame; the potter Josiah Wedgewood; the larger-than-life Erasmus Darwin, physician, poet, inventor and theorist of evolution (a forerunner of his grandson Charles). Later came Joseph Priestley, discoverer of oxygen and fighting radical.;With a small band of allies they formed the Lunar Society of Birmingham (so called because it met at each full moon) and kick-started the Industrial Revolution. Blending science, art and commerce, the "Lunar Men" built canals, launched balloons, named plants, gases and minerals, changed the face of England and the china in its drawing rooms and plotted to revolutionize its soul.;This exhilarating account uncovers the friendships, political passions, love affairs, and love of knowledge (and power) that drove these extraordinary men. It echoes to the thud of pistons and the wheeze and snort of engines, and brings to life the tradesmen, artisans and tycoons who shaped and fired the modern age.
A hung Parliament, terrorist bombs, sex trafficking and tabloid war...Welcome to London, 1885. In Victorian London, the age of consent was just thirteen. Girls from poor backgrounds were enticed, tricked and sold - sometimes by their own parents - into prostitution. From the city, if not already marked out for a wealthy gentleman in a discreet brothel, the girls were trafficked on to Brussels and to Paris. All the while, the Establishment turned a blind eye. That is, until one policeman wrote an incendiary report. Disgraced in the backwaters of Chelsea for testifying against a corrupt colleague, Irish inspector Jeremiah Minahan was already finding his integrity unwelcome to the Metropolitan Police. But particularly explosive among his findings at Mary Jeffries' local establishment was this fact: that her clients were none other than those with the power to change the situation - the peers and politicians themselves. With Minahan unceremoniously out of a job, and other radicals already campaigning for a change in the law, the forces were in place for a spectacular confrontation. What ensued was a courtroom battle, a sensational newspaper expose that set the nation alight, and a sweltering summer in which many encountered their demise...This is the true story of a very Victorian revolution, and also, a story for our times.
The first underwater tunnel (Thames), the longest suspension bridge (Clifton), the greatest railway system (Great Western), the fastest locomotive, the biggest warship, the first transatlantic steamboat... These are the works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Victorian engineer extraordinaire and the last engineering giant of the Industrial Revolution.;The inventions of Brunel and other pioneering engineers of the time ensured that Britain was the hub of the industrial world. As well as Brunel's, there were other pioneering engineers of the time including Stevenson who managed to float a railway across a bog and Telford who, with no formal training, went on to build some of the finest canals and bridges in the country.;This book is an illustrated record of some of the greatest engineering feats of the Industrial Revolution and includes blueprints, engravings, letters and diary extracts.
As part of the Light Division created to act as the advance guard of Wellington's army, the 95th Rifles are the first into battle and the last out. Fighting, thieving and raping their way across Europe, they are clearly no ordinary troops. The 95th are in fact the first British soldiers to take aim at their targets, to take cover when being shot at, to move tactically by fire and manoeuvre. And by the end of a six-year campaign they have not only proved themselves the toughest fighters in the army, they have also - at huge personal cost - created the modern notion of the infantryman.
While walking through a cliff-top graveyard in the village of Morwenstow on the coast of Cornwall, Jeremy Seal stumbled across a wooden figurehead which once adorned the Caledonia, a ship wrecked on the coast below in 1842. Through further investigation, he began to suspect the locals and in particular the parson, Robert Hawker, of luring the ship to her destruction on Cornwall's jagged shore. Wrecking is known to have been widespread along several stretches of England's coast, but is that what happened in Morwenstow?;Seal weaves history, travelogue and imaginative reconstruction into a piece of detective work.
'Queen Victoria had a very complicated and psychologically fascinating personality and only a very talented biographer could get to the key of her character. Fortunately in Matthew Dennison's pithy, well-researched, beautifully written and very accessible book, she has found one' Andrew Roberts In this brilliant, concise new biography Queen Victoria is shown as Britain's queen of contradictions. In her combination of regal vehemence and wifely submission; deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology; romantic longing and prudishness, she became a spirit of the age to which she gave her name. Victoria embraced photography, railway travel and modern art; she resisted compulsory education for the working classes and recommended for a leading women's rights campaigner 'a good whipping'. She detested smoking and believed whole-heartedly in the health-giving properties of fresh air, strong draughts and cold. She may or may not have been amused. Melbourne and Disraeli wooed her; Peel and Palmerston infuriated her; fatally Gladstone failed to 'pet' her. She loved dancing and the opera and, in her mourning of Prince Albert, sought consolation in the poetry of Tennyson and a long exchange of letters between sovereign and Laureate. Meanwhile she reinvented the monarchy and wrestled with personal reinvention. She lived in the shadow of her mother and then under the tutelage of her husband: during her protracted widowhood she belatedly embraced self-reliance. Fresh, witty and accessible, this brilliant new book from Matthew Dennison gives a compelling assessment of Victoria's mercurial character and her impact, written with the irony, flourish and insight that this Queen and her rule so richly deserve.
The two decades after Waterloo marked the great age of foreign fortune hunters in England. Each year brought a new influx of impecunious Continental noblemen to the world's richest country, and the more brides they carried off, the more alarmed society became.
The most colorful of these men was Prince Hermann von P ckler-Muskau (1785-1871), remembered today as Germany's finest landscape gardener. In the mid-1820s, however, his efforts to turn his estate into a magnificent park came close to bankrupting him. To save his legacy his wife Lucie devised an unusual plan: they would divorce so that P ckler could marry an heiress who would finance further landscaping and, after a decent interval, be cajoled into accepting Lucie's continued residence. In September 1826, his marriage dissolved, P ckler set off for London...
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