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The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870 [Kindle Edition]

Eric J. Evans
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In this hugely ambitious history of Britain, Eric Evans surveys every aspect of the period in which the country was transformed into the world’s first industrial power. This was an era of revolutionary change unparalleled in Britain, yet one in which transformation was achieved without political revolution. The unique combination of transition and revolution is a major theme in the book, which ranges across the embryonic empire, the Church, education, health, finance, and rural and urban life. Evans gives particular attention to the Great Reform Act of 1832. The Third Edition includes an entirely new introductory chapter, and is illustrated for the first time.

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 'Evans's elegant and fluent treatment of the topics within his chosen period is often quite superb.' Times Educational Supplement, "This text continues to serve undergraduate students well and compares favourably with any survey of this kind. Working in a period dense with complexity and contradiction, Evans has conveyed a coherent and lucid account of the times. To this he has added a blend of interpretation leavened by recent scholarship that he treats both fairly and yet critically. All of this is couched in a prose that sparkles with deft turns of phrase and provocative insights. This is a welcome addition to bookshelves." Albion

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'Evans's elegant and fluent treatment is quite superb.' Times Educational Supplement In this hugely ambitious and wide-ranging history of Britain, Eric Evans surveys a period in which Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial, while the foundations of the largest empire the world had seen were also being securely laid. This was an era of unprecedented political crisis, economic opportunity and social upheaval unparalleled in Britain, yet one during which transformation was achieved without revolution. The unique and potent combination of transition and transformation is a major theme in this book.   The book ranges ranges across key political, diplomatic, social, cultural, economic and religious themes in a series of short, lively chapters whose purpose is to convey the overall drama of hectic change which stopped well short of political revolution.  Britain was still ruled by wealthy landonwners in 1870 as it had been in 1783.  The world over which they presided, however, had been transformed utterly.  It had become an urban, industrial and commercial society, a change achieved without revolution.  [Evans examines whether their success in doing so was due more to good management than good fortune.] This new edition includes a new and revisionist introductory chapter and a thoroughly updated bibliography.  The book appears with illustrations for the first time. Eric J. Evans is Professor of History at Lancaster University and the author of a number of seminal books on the political and social history of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4835 KB
  • Print Length: 648 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (6 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H1S0TI2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erudite, detailed and indespensable. 9 Oct. 2001
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The Forging of the Modern State is the type of book that I learned to love. God knows that at first I had a love-hate relationship with Professor Evans! On the face of it, this 'looks' like a difficult book. It is dense, wordy and has so much detail. But, these are all good things of course! By the end of my studies I grew to love the book. It is so crammed full of information that I find it hard to use as much as I would like to!
His chapters are well laid out and offer an overview which is fleshed out as one progresses through the text. The thematic chapters are an innovation. They provide an overview of the important matters of the day. His chapter on class consciousness is quite simply excellent.
Overall, I highly recommed this book. It elucidates the industrial period in the late 18th and 19th century. It contains so much that a few readings are necessary - every reading revealing yet more. Finally, the compendium of information is a marvel to behold.
If you are interested in the period then buy it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good manual 28 April 2010
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Evans's Forging of the Modern State is not controversial history, except insofar as it is driven by socio-economic causes that have become old-fashioned. The title says it all, with early industrial Britain having been the background for the forging of a modern political system, over a span of eighty or so years. Most contemporary historians would reject both such a directional interpretation and its materialistic premise. Indeed, Evans adopts a plain style that is far from the more sophisticated categorisations, based on religion and culture, one finds in a Clark or a Hilton. But Evans makes his choices plain in the introduction, which includes interesting historiographical information. He stands by his approach. And the result is an easy to read, manual-style narrative that is perfect for students and non-initiates alike. Fittingly, the appendix contains a useful compendium of information, with such things as maps, economic tables, and cabinet lists, in addition to the chronologies provided in earlier chapters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 24 Oct. 2014
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Excellent analysis of early industrial Britain, the book delivers what it claims to on the cover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great overall book! 17 Nov. 2009
First and second year history degree students would fine this helpful. It covers at times an indepth and wide ranging variety of different topics across British history. What is also good is it is digestible! It is accessible too, a god send when sitting for hours researching day in and day out lol. Well worth a consideration, a great overall book that would appeal to many historians out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Very good
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