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Title:
Aristocracy and people : Britain, 1815-1865
Author:
Gash, Norman.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1979.
Physical Description:
375 pages : map ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780674044906
Format :
Book

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Summary

One of the foremost scholars of nineteenth-century England, Gash has written a new interpretation of the years 1815 to 1865 that takes industrialization off center stage as the great dramatic event in national life. Gash integrates other equally significant changes the postwar slump in trade and manufacturing, the unprecedented expansion of population, and the increasing urbanization. He argues that the singular ability of the industrial revolution to produce wealth and skills enabled England to cope with impending social catastrophe. Gash also reintroduces the importance of politics in explaining events, and he challenges the recent historical interpretations giving primacy to class history and class consciousness.


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Country and People
Government and Religion
The Peterloo Years
The Government and the State of the Nation
The Constitutional Revolution
Parties and Politics
The 'Condition of England' Question
Peel's Decade
The Decline of Party Politics
Safeguard and Security
Peace and Prosperity: Taking Stock in 1865
Bibliography
Appendices
Increase in Population, 1801-61
Yearly Average Price of Wheat, 1811-64
Distribution of Parliamentary Seats before and after the Reform Act of 1832
Index