Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction

By Paul Langford

Whereas the remainder of eighteenth century Europe used to be embroiled in revolution and unrest, Britain launched into an period of comparative calm and balance. makes an attempt through the Stuarts to reclaim the throne have been simply positioned down, now not during the strength of the British army, yet during the common apathy of the British humans, who have been simply now not within the temper to affix within the rebellions loved by means of the yank colonies and the French. often referred to as the Age of Enlightenment, this was once a time for highbrow development, as superior literacy charges and the advent of newspapers lead the way for a extra proficient heart classification. This was once additionally a great time for the preliminary flourishing of the British Empire, as Britain took good thing about its competitors' problems to additional its goals out of the country. This entire and authoritative consultant takes a thematic method of eighteenth-century background, masking such subject matters as family politics, non secular advancements and alterations to social demographics. It offers an entire photograph of an period of reform and growth.

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Daughters of Maeve: 50 Irish Women Who Changed the World

By Gina Sigillito

For hundreds and hundreds of Years...In eire and the hot World...
Irish girls Have Made a Difference

From precedent days to the current, Irish girls have made their mark in occasions of peace and battle, in eire and the USA. With their accomplishments principally overlooked by way of the heritage books, those amazing ladies have fought for equality, struggled for independence, and met the problem of state construction. brave, passionate, inventive, capable of stand tall at the battlefield--and within the kitchen--their tales will motivate courageous ladies in every single place, for the daughters of Maeve have completed striking feats opposed to fabulous odds. Meet ladies such as--

Brigid . . . saint and patroness of Ireland
Grace O'Malley . . . pirate queen of Connacht
Queen Maeve . . . historic warrior
Clara Dillon Darrow . . . suffragist
mom Jones . . . union leader
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy . . . U.S. first lady
Sinead O'Connor . . . singer
Mary Robinson . . . president of Ireland
Maureen O'Hara . . . actress
Sandra Day O'Connor . . . very best court docket justice
Maud Gonne . . . Irish revolutionary

This quintessential reference will circulation, tutor, and empower readers to arrive for his or her desires as they stand at the shoulders of serious Irish women.

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Being British: What's Wrong With It?

By Peter Whittle

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics glance set to make 2012 as winning because the royal weddings of 2011 by way of making a surge of patriotism throughout our as soon as confident land. yet regardless of the most recent wave of nostalgic British satisfaction, Britain is in the course of an id drawback, with British values and identification the butt of scorn and sneers. prompted through the experience that the thought of Britishness has been hijacked, and intrigued via the ever-vexed query of British identification and what it fairly potential, Peter Whittle has got down to study what is really mistaken with being British. along with his trademark wit and perception, Whittle explores how, regardless of being chipped away at from each side for the prior 5 a long time, delight in being British has proven an awesome skill to outlive.

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All the Birds, Singing: A Novel

By Evie Wyld

From one in every of Granta’s most sensible younger British Novelists, an emotionally strong, award-winning novel approximately an interloper haunted through an inescapable prior.

Jake Whyte has retreated to a distant farmhouse on a craggy British island, a spot of ceaseless rains and battering winds, with simply her collie and a flock of sheep as partners. yet something—or someone—has began deciding upon off her sheep one after the other. There are foxes within the woods, an odd guy wandering the island, and rumors of a mysterious beast prowling at evening. and there's Jake’s relentless past—one she attempted to flee hundreds of thousands of miles away and years in the past, hid in obdurate silence and isolation and the scars that stripe her again. With remarkable artistry, All the Birds, Singing plumbs a lifetime of fierce fight and survival, sounding depths of unforeseen attractiveness and hard-won redemption.

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Animal Rights: Political and Social Change in Britain since 1800

By Hilda Kean

Within the overdue 20th century animals are information. Parliamentary debates, protests opposed to fox looking and tv courses like Animal Hospital all specialize in the way we deal with animals and on what that says approximately our personal humanity. As vegetarianism turns into ever extra well known, and animal experimentation extra arguable, it's time to hint the history to modern debates and to situate them in a broader historic context.

Hilda Kean seems on the cultural and social position of animals from 1800 to the current – on the manner within which visible photographs and myths captured the preferred mind's eye and inspired sympathy for animals and outrage at their exploitation. From early campaigns opposed to the thrashing of farm animals and ill-treatment of horses to difficulty for canine in struggle and cats in laboratories, she explores the connection among well known pictures and public debate and motion. She additionally illustrates how curiosity in animal rights and welfare used to be heavily aligned with campaigns for political and social reform via feminists, radicals and socialists.

"A considerate, potent and well-written book"—The Scotsman

"It may perhaps rarely be extra well timed, and its remarkable fabric is certain to impress ... reflection"—The Independent

"A paintings of significant interest"—Sunday Telegraph

"Lively, impressively researched, and well-written ... a publication that's well timed and valuable"—Times Literary Supplement

"A wonderful stability of anecdote and analysis"—Times greater academic Supplement

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Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier

By J. Randy Taraborrelli

Grace Kelly was once swept away whilst the good-looking Prince Rainier, a guy she slightly knew, requested for her hand in marriage. After a chain of relationships with married co-stars, she used to be exhausted by way of the show-business way of life. If she married Rainier, she will be greater than only a superstar, she will be Her Serene RoyalHighness Princess Grace. as soon as within the palace, notwithstanding, Grace chanced on herself trapped in a fairy story of her personal making. compelled to make sacrifices that minimize deeply into the center of who she was once as a girl, she might then quit her wants and pursuits for her wife and her young ones. Grace and Rainier can have been royalty, yet they have been additionally husband and spouse, and parents-and, as such, simply as at risk of the conflicts which can contaminate any loved ones. Drawing upon thousands of particular interviews with friends and family, ONCEUPONATIME portrays its topics with ardour and sympathy, revealing Grace, Rainier,Caroline,Albert, and Stephanie in methods either startling and compelling.

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The Reluctant Mullah

By Sagheer Afzal

By myself in his room in a London madrasah, Musah attempts on an abaya, a hijab and a scarf: he has crossed over - to outsiders he has develop into a Muslim lady. In a Pakistani haveli, his cousin, the nubile Iram, waits to fulfil the desire of Dadaji, their grandfather. She and Musa needs to marry. while Musa's siblings and associates step in to assist him struggle culture and attain what he wishes - a love fit - their efforts bring about outrage, hilarity and, finally, tragedy.

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Great Victorian Railway Journeys: How Modern Britain Was Built by Victorian Steam Power

The suitable spouse to Bradshaw's advisor e-book. Showcasing in color all that's nice approximately Bradshaw's consultant. nice British Railway trips has been a highly winning television programme, that is now into its 3rd sequence on BBC2. a lot as Michael Palin equipped up a devoted fan base for commute all over the world, so Michael Portillo has performed likewise for fans of trains in his explorations the size and breadth of the uk from the window of a teach seat. either fascinating and insightful, Michael back makes use of Bradshaw's publications, and now undertakes 5 certain trips that have been developed via the Victorians from 1830-1900. throughout 25 episodes he delves into this attention-grabbing and vibrant interval of our historical past, and express how the fashionable British panorama used to be made from this Victorian legacy. From Windsor to Weymouth, nice Yarmouth to London, Oxford to Milford Haven, Berwick to Barrow, and at last Dublin to Belfast - Michael will return in time to show off parts of exceptional Victorian engineering and layout throughout Queen Victoria's dominions. Key elements of the programme and tie-in e-book will exhibit how the world's first actual fixed-track teach in Merthyr Tydfil operated; how the world's first electrical educate carrier ran in Southend to its well-known pier; and he additionally celebrates the wide range of traces that unfolded alternate and mobility to the Victorian sessions. vacationing on a number of latest, and at times restored, Victorian teach traces, he meets their passionate supporters who lovingly paintings on them, and likewise seems on the sleek panorama to inform the tale of ways each one sector was once formed by way of their Victorian forebears. Lavishly produced, this can once more be a 'must have' buy for all teach fans, in addition to those that easily are looking to discover their background and what's now to be had to view and go back and forth upon within the twenty first century to move them again in time.

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Freedom & Necessity

By Steven Brust, Emma Bull

It is 1849. throughout Europe, the excessive tide of revolution has crested, leaving recrimination and betrayal in its wake. From the excessive councils of Prussia to the corridors of Parliament, the powers-that-be breathe sighs of reduction. however the powers-that-be are not often unified between themselves. faraway from it...

On the south coast of britain, London man-about-town James Cobham involves himself in a rustic hotel, with out notion how he bought there. Corresponding together with his cousin, he discovers himself to were presumed drowned in a boating twist of fate. jointly they make a decision that he may still remain positioned for the instant, whereas they examine what can have transpired. For James Cobham is a sought after man--wanted through conspiring factions of the govt. and the Chartists alike, and in addition the objective of a mystical conspiracy within his personal family.

And so the journey begins...leading the reader via each nook of mid-nineteenth-century Britain, from the parlors of the elite to the dens of the underclass. now not seeing that Wilkie Collins or Conan Doyle has there been any such great quantity of weapons, swordfights, relations intrigues, ladies disguised as males, occult societies, philosophical discussions, and, in fact, passionate romance.

Nor might any writing group yet Steven Brust and Emma Bull make it relatively quite a bit fun...

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