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The Forging of the Modern State


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PART ONE: RECONSTRUCTION AND THE CHALLENGE OF WAR, 1783-1815. Framework of Events. 1. Britain in the early 17802: I Society and Economy. 2. Britain in the early 1780s: II Politics and government. 3. 'A nation restored': I Politics and finance under Pitt. 4. 'A nation restored': II Overseas trade and foreign affairs. 5. The new political economy and the early impact of laissez-faire. 6. The new moral economy: Wilberforce, the Saints and New Dissent. 7. The decline of the Whigs and the emergence of a new Conservatism, 1788-1812. 8. Radicalism, repression and patriotism, 1780-1803. 9. The wars with France: I Pitt's War, Addington's Peace 1793-1803. 10. The Wars with France:II Endurance and triumph, 1803-1815. 11. Ireland: The road to Union, 1782-1801. PART TWO: THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES. 12. The onset of industrialism. 13. Entrepreneurs and markets. 14. The structure and organization of the workforce in early industrial Britain. 15. A living from the land: Landowners, farmers and improvement. 16. 'Living and partly living': Labourers, poverty and protest. 17. Standards of living and the quality of life. 18. Organizations of labour. 19. Class consciousness? PART THREE: THE CRUCIBLE OF REFORM, 1815-1846. Framework of Events. 20. Unprepared for peace: Distress and the resurgence of reform, 1815-1820. 21. Liberal Toryism? 22. Influence without entanglement: Foreign affairs, 1815-1846. 23. The crisis of reform, 1827-1832. 24. 'The real interests of the aristocracy': The Reform Act of 1832. 25. The condition of England question: I The new Poor Law. 26. The condition of England question: II Factory reform, education and public health. 27. 'The Church in danger': Anglicanism and its opponents. 28. The age of Peel? Politics and policies, 1832-1846. 29. The politics of pressure: I Chartism. 30. The politics of pressure: The Anti-Corn-Law League. PART FOUR: EARLY INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY, REFINED AND TESTED, 1846-1870. Framework of Events. 31. The zenith of the bourgeoisie. 32. The professionalization of government. 33. Urban Britain in the age of improvement. 34. Religion and society. 35. Leisure and responsibility. 36. Education and the consciousness of status. 37. 'An assembly of gentlemen': Party politics, 1846-1859. 38. Palmerston and the pax Britannica. 39. The revival of reform. 40. 'The principle of numbers': Towards democracy, 1867-1870. 41. Conclusion: Forging a modern state or modern states? Integration and diversity in the United Kingdom. COMPENDIUM OF INFORMATION. A. British governments, 1783-1870. B. Parliament and parliamentary reform. C. The growth of government. D. The economy. E. Population. F. Foreign and colonial affairs. G. Religion.

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Eric J. Evans is Professor of History at Lancaster University and the author of a number of seminal books on eighteenth and nineteenth century history.


'Evans's elegant and fluent treatment is quite superb.' Times Educational Supplement "as a textbook it is a model of its kind, clearly written and well set out for ease of use" Edward Royle, English Historical Reviewv

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