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Nonconformity in the Nineteenth Century

Nonconformity in the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

By David M Thompson
November 28, 2017

First published in 1972, this volume shows the potency, and the limitations of Nonconformity in shaping the beginning of modern Britain. It draws upon a wide range of sources including the writings and discussions of Nonconformists themselves, their critics, and contemporary commentators. The ...

Samuel Smiles and the Victorian Work Ethic

Samuel Smiles and the Victorian Work Ethic

1st Edition

By Tim Travers
November 28, 2017

Samuel Smiles is best known for his book Self Help (1859), which many have assumed to be an encouragement to social and financial success. However, Smiles actually argued against the single-minded pursuit of success, and in favour of the protean formation of character as the ultimate goal of life....

South Wales and the Rising of 1839 Class Struggle as Armed Struggle

South Wales and the Rising of 1839: Class Struggle as Armed Struggle

1st Edition

By Ivor Wilks
November 28, 2017

First published in 1984, this book provides the first full study of the carefully planned rising of south Wales miners and ironworkers in 1839 and of its collapse at the confrontation with soldiers of the 45th regiment of Newport. It examines not only the rising itself, but the factors that made it...

The Irish in the Victorian City

The Irish in the Victorian City

1st Edition

Edited By Roger Swift, Sheridan Gilley
November 28, 2017

First published in 1985, this book explores the social history of the Irish in Britain across a variety of cities, including Bristol, York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stockport. With contributions from foremost scholars in the field, it provides a thorough critical study of Irish immigration, in its ...

The Lower Middle Class in Britain 1870-1914

The Lower Middle Class in Britain 1870-1914

1st Edition

Edited By Geoffrey Crossick
November 28, 2017

First published in 1977. This book records the emergence of a lower middle class in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Victorian society had always contained a marginal middle class of shopkeepers and small businessmen, but in the closing decades of the nineteenth century the growth of ...

The Petite Bourgeoisie in Europe 1780-1914

The Petite Bourgeoisie in Europe 1780-1914

1st Edition

By Geoffrey Crossick, Heinz-Gerhard Haupt
November 28, 2017

First published in 1995. Geoffrey Crossick and Heinz-Gerhard Haupt provide a major overview of the social, economic, cultural and political development of the petite bourgeoisie in eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe. Through comparative analysis the authors examine issues ...

Victorian Aspirations The Life and Labour of Charles and Mary Booth

Victorian Aspirations: The Life and Labour of Charles and Mary Booth

1st Edition

By Belinda Norman-Butler
November 28, 2017

First published in 1972, Victorian Aspirations is the story of the personal struggles and achievements of Charles and Mary Booth, as remembered by their families and as revealed in private family papers, especially in their letters to each other. Charles Booth started his investigations into the ...

Chartist Fiction Volume Two

Chartist Fiction: Volume Two

1st Edition

Edited By Ian Haywood
November 28, 2017

First published in 2001. When the Chartist leader Ernest Jones emerged from prison in 1850, he was determined to capture the public’s attention with a controversial and topical novel. The result of his endeavours was the remarkable Woman’s Wrongs, a series of five tales exploring women’s oppression...

The Literature of Struggle An Anthology of Chartist Fiction

The Literature of Struggle: An Anthology of Chartist Fiction

1st Edition

Edited By Ian Haywood
November 28, 2017

First published in 1995. Chartism inspired a prodigious literary output, based on its own newspapers and journals. However, while some Chartist political writings have been reprinted, the aesthetic texts of the movement have largely been neglected. This selection of short stories and extracts from ...

Victorian Theatrical Burlesques

Victorian Theatrical Burlesques

1st Edition

Edited By Richard Schoch
December 05, 2017

First published in 2003. Wildly popular in their own day, Victorian burlesques are now little read, scarcely studied, and never performed. Giving long overdue emphasis to an unjustly neglected theatrical tradition, this critical edition - the first to focus on Victorian burlesques of Victorian ...

A Victorian Childhood

A Victorian Childhood

1st Edition

By Annabel Huth Jackson
November 28, 2017

First published in 1932. This title is a first-person account of growing up in Victorian England. The book examines many aspects of the British Empire, and the family life and education of the poet, writer and high society hostess Claire Annabel Caroline Grant Duff. A Victorian Childhood will be of...

An Artisan Elite in Victorian Society Kentish London 1840-1880

An Artisan Elite in Victorian Society: Kentish London 1840-1880

1st Edition

By Geoffrey Crossick
November 28, 2017

First published in 1978. Mid-Victorian Britain was relatively stable in comparison with the turbulent period that preceded it, and that stability is in part explained by the emergence of an artisan elite with a specific relationship to the society around it. This book examines that elite: its clubs...

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