Britain in the Twentieth Century is a new approach to teaching and learning twentieth-century British history at A level. It meets the needs of teachers and students studying for today’s revised AS and A2 exams.
This fully revised and updated edition of Norman McCord’s authoritative introduction to nineteenth-century British history has been extended to cover the period up to the outbreak of the First World War in .The nineteenth and early twentieth century saw the transformation of Britain from a predominantly rural to a largely urban society with an economy based upon manufacturing, finance, and trade, and from a society governed mainly by a landed aristocracy to what was increasingly a mass democracy.
Murder fascinates readers, and when a woman murders, that fascination is compounded. The paradox of mother, lover, or wife as killer fills us with shock. A woman’s violence is unexpected, unacceptable. Yet killing an abusive man can make her a cultural heroine. In Double Jeopardy, Virginia Morris examines the complex roots of contemporary attitudes toward women who kill by providing a new perspective on violent women in Victorian literature.
This book is a study of the narrative techniques that developed for two very popular forms of fiction in the nineteenth century—ghost stories and detective stories—and the surprising similarities between them in the context of contemporary theories of vision and sight.
Interpreting novels, letters, journals, and political tracts in the context of cultural strictures, Poovey makes an important contribution to English social and literary history and to feminist theory.
At its peak, the British Empire spanned the world and linked diverse populations in a vast network of exchange that spread people, wealth, commodities, cultures, and ideas around the globe. By the turn of the twentieth century, this empire, which made Britain one of the premier global superpowers, appeared invincible and eternal. This compelling book reveals, however, that it was actually remarkably fragile.