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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 01 edition (19 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408225646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408225646
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1780, Britain was losing the American War of Independence and at war with both France and Spain, two of the great powers of Europe. Constitutional crisis, perhaps even revolution, seemed imminent. Yet in 1914, Britain entered the First World War confidently, if reluctantly, having established itself as the world’s most powerful nation. Why was Britain so successful for so long?

 

Drawing on the experience of more than forty years of historical research and teaching in the field of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British history, Professor Eric Evans addresses this question as part of a fresh, analytical and wide-ranging history of modern Britain. He examines every aspect of the period 1780–1914, in which Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial power, and explains how and why a distinctively modern British state developed as it did.

 

Three key factors made Britain the world’s most powerful and influential nation in the nineteenth century: its increasingly clearly articulated sense of an imperial, as well as a national, identity; its status as the world’s first, and most advanced, industrial society; and its increasingly representative political structures at both local and national level. Dealing with key issues such as political change, urban and rural society, religion, education and a rapidly developing economy, the book discusses:

 

  • the growing role of the state, especially in the formulation of social policy;

  • the expansion of political representation and changes in party politics;

  • the golden era of manufacturing industry linked to Britain’s role as the world’s financial capital;

  • the acquisition of the largest territorial empire in modern history.

 

Comprehensive, informed and engagingly written, The Shaping of Modern Britain will be an invaluable guide for students of this key period of British history.

 

Eric J. Evans is Emeritus Professor of Modern 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, including The Forging of the Modern State (3rd edn, 2001).

 

About the Author

Eric J. Evans is Professor Emeritus of History at Lancaster University and author of a number of seminal books on the political and social history of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain, including The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870 (third edition 2001) and Britain Before the Reform Act (second edition 2008).


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For anyone doing any exams in British History or just has a general interest in it this is an excellant book to have. It contains more or less everything needed for a student that is doing A-level British History and presents it in a way that is clear and easy to understand. It also contains several summary sections which are useful for last minute revision and has many examples of sources which can may come up in the exam. Overall if you are studying this subject this book is a must.
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Proff Eric Evans is a leading historian in the period, and this fantasticly writen, thematicaly chaptered book, can be credited with getting me through my a-level history. i was given more than 10 other books (by well known historins) by my teaches, but none of them had the clarity, or the readability of this book.
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Well put together book for A-level history students but also ideal for the lay person. Lots of illustrations (black & white), definitions and biographical profiles. Extremely readable. Recommended.
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First class book and best ever delivery time (one day)
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Ordered it for my exams, just in time too, and for £3 or whatever I paid for it, it's extremely worth it!
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