Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Christopher Harvie, H. C. G. Matthew

The 19th century was once a time of huge development for Britain. In 1800 it used to be overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and nearly half-Celtic. A century later it used to be principally city and English. the consequences of the economic Revolution triggered towns to swell vastly. London, for instance, grew from approximately 1 million humans to over 6 million. in a foreign country, the British Empire was once achieving its apex, whereas at domestic the area got here to wonder on the nice Exhibition of 1851 with its crowning achievement--the Crystal Palace. Historians Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew current a complete and authoritative advisor to the social, fiscal, and political occasions that marked the period on which many believed the sunlight could by no means set.

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