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British History 1815-1914 by Norman (Emeritus Professor of Social History, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) McCord, Bill (Visiting Senior Lecturer Purdue
  

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British History 1815-1914 by Norman (Emeritus Professor of Social History, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) McCord, Bill (Visiting Senior Lecturer Purdue

This fully revised and updated edition of Norman McCord's authoritative introduction to nineteenth century British history has been extended to cover the period up to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. The nineteenth and early twentieth century saw the transformation of Britain from a predominantly rural to a largely urban society with an economy based upon manufacturing, finance, and trade, and from a society governed mainly by a landed aristocracy to what was increasingly a mass democracy. The authors chart the development of a modern state equipped with a large and expanding bureaucracy, the expansion of overseas territories into one of the world's greatest empires, and changes in religion, social attitudes, and culture. The book divides the era into four chronological periods, with chapters on the political background, administrative development, and social, economic, and cultural changes in each period. Exploring major themes such as the massive increase in population, the question of class, the scope of state activity, and the development of consumerism, leisure, and entertainment, and including a select bibliography and biographical appendix, this updated new edition provides the ultimate introduction to British history between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the outbreak of the First World War.

Reviews

'McCord's work has a relaxed authority and individuality... deft deployment of arguments and material derived from a host of unpublished theses and his own original researches.' * History Today * Review from previous edition 'McCord makes social history revealing and illuminating... This is an excellent text, and it is to be hoped that it will be correspondingly influential in its guidance of students.' * Times Literary Supplement *'


About the Author

Norman McCord is Emeritus Professor of Social History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Bill Purdue was Reader in British History at the Open University and is now a Senior Visiting Lecturer.

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Publication date

25th October 2007

Author

Norman (Emeritus Professor of Social History, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) McCord, Bill (Visiting Senior Lecturer Purdue

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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Format

Hardback
616 pages

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Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780199233199

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