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Victorious century : the United Kingdom, 1800 - 1906

Author: David Cannadine
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017] ©2017
Series: Penguin history of Britain, 8.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A sweeping history of nineteenth-century Britain by one of the world's most respected historians. To live in nineteenth-century Britain was to experience an astonishing and unprecedented series of changes. Cities grew vast; there were revolutions in transportation, communication, science, and work-all while a growing religious skepticism rendered the intellectual landscape increasingly unrecognizable. It was an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Cannadine, David, 1950-
Victorious century.
New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
(OCoLC)993689313
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Cannadine
ISBN: 9780525557906 0525557903
OCLC Number: 1023862644
Description: 1 online resource (602 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.
Contents: Act of Union, 1800-02 --
Britannia resurgent, 1802-15 --
Great power, great vicissitudes, 1815-29 --
The iconoclastic years, 1829-41 --
The 'hungry' forties, 1841-48 --
Great Exhibition, half time, 1848-52 --
Equipoise and angst, 1852-65 --
Leaping in the dark, 1865-80 --
'Disintegration' averted? 1880-95 --
Jubilation and recessional, 1895-1905 --
General election, 1905-06.
Series Title: Penguin history of Britain, 8.
Responsibility: David Cannadine.

Abstract:

A sweeping history of nineteenth-century Britain by one of the world's most respected historians. To live in nineteenth-century Britain was to experience an astonishing and unprecedented series of changes. Cities grew vast; there were revolutions in transportation, communication, science, and work-all while a growing religious skepticism rendered the intellectual landscape increasingly unrecognizable. It was an exhilarating time, and as a result, most of the countries in the world that experienced these changes were racked by political and social unrest. Britain, however, maintained a stable polity at home, and as a result it quickly found itself in a position of global leadership. In this major new work, leading historian David Cannadine has created a bold, fascinating new interpretation of nineteenth-century Britain. Britain was a country that saw itself at the summit of the world and, by some measures, this was indeed true. It had become the largest empire in history: its political stability positioned it as the leader of the new global economy and allowed it to construct the largest navy ever built. And yet it was also a society permeated with doubt, fear, and introspection. Repeatedly, politicians and writers felt themselves to be staring into the abyss and what is seen as an era of irritating self-belief was in fact obsessed with its own fragility, whether as a great power or as a moral force. Victorious Century is a comprehensive and extraordinarily stimulating history-its author catches the relish, humor and staginess of the age, but also the dilemmas faced by Britain's citizens, ones we remain familiar with today.

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