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The Regency years : during which Jane Austen writes, Napoleon fights, Byron makes love, and Britain becomes modern

Author: Robert Morrison
Publisher: New York, NY ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A surprising history of the era that brought our modern world decisively into view. Though the Victorians are often credited with ushering in our modern era, the seeds were planted in the years before. The Regency (1811- 1820) began when the profligate Prince of Wales replaced his insane father, George III, as Britain's ruler; around the regent surged a society of evangelicalism and hedonism, elegance and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Morrison
ISBN: 9780393249057 0393249050
OCLC Number: 1037806531
Description: xv, 366 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The Regent and the Regency --
Crime, punishment, and the pursuit of freedom --
Theaters of entertainment --
Sexual pastimes, pleasures, and perversities --
Expanding empire and waging war --
Changing landscapes and ominous signs --
Epilogue. The modern world.
Other Titles: Jane Austen writes, Napoleon fights, Byron makes love, and Britain becomes modern
Responsibility: Robert Morrison.

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"A surprising history of the era that brought our modern world decisively into view. Though the Victorians are often credited with ushering in our modern era, the seeds were planted in the years before. The Regency (1811- 1820) began when the profligate Prince of Wales replaced his insane father, George III, as Britain's ruler; around the regent surged a society of evangelicalism and hedonism, elegance and brutality, exuberance and despair. The arts showcased extraordinary writers and painters such as Austen, Byron, the Shelleys, Constable, and Turner. Science gave us the steam locomotive and the blueprint for the modern computer. Yet the dark side of the modern era was visible in the poverty, slavery, pornography, opium, and gothic imaginings that birthed Frankenstein. And all the while, the British Empire fought in foreign lands: the Napoleonic Wars in Europe and the War of 1812 in the United States. Exploring these crosscurrents, Robert Morrison illuminates the profound ways this period shaped and indelibly marked the modern world."--Provided by publisher.

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