In this wide-ranging history of modern Britain, Eric Evans surveys every aspect of the period in which Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial power. By the end of the nineteenth century, Britain was still ruled by wealthy landowners, but the world over which they presided had been utterly transformed. It was an era of revolutionary change unparalleled in Britain - yet that change was achieved without political revolution.


Ranging across the developing empire, and dealing with such central institutions as the church, education, health, finance and rural and urban life, The Shaping of Modern Britain provides an unparallelled account of Britain's rise to superpower status. Particular attention is given to the Great Reform Act of 1832, and the implications of the 1867 Reform Act are assessed. The book discusses:


-         the growing role of the central state in domestic policy making

-         the emergence of the Labour party

-         the Great Depression

-         the acquisition of a vast territorial empire


Comprehensive, informed and engagingly written, The Shaping of Modern Britain will be an invaluable introduction for students of this key period of British history.

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Section 1: Early Industrial Britain, c1780–1850

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chapter 1|10 pages

A ‘Greater Britain’ in 1780?

chapter 3|11 pages

Aristocracy rampant?

chapter 4|11 pages

The role and impact of the middle classes

chapter 7|11 pages

Agriculture in the early industrial age

chapter 8|10 pages

Industrialism: impact and conflict

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Section 2: Britain at War and Peace, 1780–1815

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Section 3: A New Political Era, 1815–1846

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Section 4: A Mature Industrial Society, c1850–1914

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Section 5: Party, Policy and Diplomacy: 1846–1880

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chapter 30|10 pages

Party politics confounded, 1846–1859

chapter 32|10 pages

Gladstone and the Liberal party, 1859–1880

chapter 39|10 pages

‘Votes for Women’

chapter 40|12 pages

Ireland and British politics, c1880–1914

chapter 44|8 pages


chapter |44 pages


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