Category: Britain

Captain Swing

By Eric J. Hobsbawm, George Rudé

EPUB eISBN: 9781781682258
Original book (hardcover): 1969
Electronic book (also paperback): 2014

The vintage social historical past of the good English Agricultural rebellion of 1830, from one of many maximum historians of our age. For new release upon new release, the English farm laborer lived in poverty and degradation. With the onset of the economic Revolution, in spite of the fact that, new forces got here into play--and whilst capitalism swept from the towns into the geographical region, tensions reached the brink. From 1830 on, a chain of revolts, referred to as the "Swing," shook England to its middle. here's the historical past of that upheaval, from its upward push to its fall, and the folk who attempted to alter their global. A masterpiece of British history.

About the Author-
Eric Hobsbawm was once born in Alexandria in 1917 and informed in Vienna, Berlin, London and Cambridge. he's the writer of diverse vintage works of heritage. He died in October 2012.

George impolite used to be a uncommon Marxist historian and popular professional on 18th-century background. He died in 1993.

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The Mammoth Book of How it Happened in Britain

From Julius Caesar's arrival in 55bc to the sunrise of the 3rd millennium, listed here are three hundred debts of interesting and demanding moments from first hand resources. that includes snapshots of wartime, political and social unrest, common failures, and nice person achievements, plus vignettes of social existence - from cockfighting in Tudor resorts to a Victorian Sunday within the kingdom. comprises the conflict of Hastings in 1066; the execution in 1649 of Charles I; an account of the nice hearth of London, 1666; the dying of Lord Nelson at Trafalgar, 1805; Wellington's triumph at Waterloo, 1815; the 1912 Antarctic excursion: the final letters of Captain Scott; Frank Richard's 1914 account of Christmas within the trenches; the conflict of england in 1940; England profitable the realm Cup, 1966; and the loss of life of the Princess of Wales in 1997 - and lots more and plenty more.

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Rejoice! Rejoice!: Britain in the 1980s

By Alwyn W. Turner

While Margaret Thatcher grew to become best minister in 1979 she promised to carry concord the place as soon as there were discord. yet Britain entered the Nineteen Eighties bitterly divided over its destiny. At stake have been the souls of the good inhabitants growth of the Nineteen Sixties. may they purchase into the free-market, patriotic schedule of Thatcherism? Or the anti-racist, anti-sexist liberalism of the hot left? From the miners' strike, the Falklands struggle and the spectre of AIDS, to certain, Minister, championship snooker and Boy George, celebrate! have a good time! steps again in time to relive the last decade whilst the Iron girl sought to remake Britain. What it discovers is a completely international nation.

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The Great Famine

The horrors of the good Famine (1315-1322), one of many severest catastrophes ever to strike northern Europe, lived on for hundreds of years within the minds of Europeans who recalled stories of frequent starvation, classification war, epidemic illness, frighteningly excessive mortality, and unspeakable crimes. earlier, not anyone has provided a standpoint of what way of life was once really like during the complete quarter devastated by means of this problem, nor has somebody probed a long way into its explanations. the following, the prestigious historian William Jordan offers the 1st finished inquiry into the Famine from eire to western Poland, from Scandinavia to valuable France and western Germany. He produces a wealthy cultural historical past of medieval neighborhood lifestyles, drawing his proof from such assets as meteorological and agricultural files, bills saved via monasteries offering for the needy, and documentation of army campaigns. while there was a bent to explain the nutrients shortages because of easily undesirable climate otherwise bad financial making plans, Jordan units the level in order that we see the complicated interaction of social and environmental elements that triggered this actual catastrophe and allowed it to proceed for therefore long.

Jordan starts with an outline of medieval northern Europe at its demographic height round 1300, in which time the sector had accomplished a worldly point of monetary integration. He then seems to be at difficulties that, while mixed with years of inundating rains and brutal winters, gnawed away at financial balance. From animal ailments and harvest mess ups to unstable costs, category antagonism, and distribution breakdowns attributable to consistent conflict, northern Europeans felt helplessly besieged by way of acts of an indignant God--although a cessation of struggle and a extra equitable distribution of assets may need lessened the severity of the meals shortages.

Throughout Jordan interweaves shiny old aspect with a pointy research of why convinced responses to the famine failed. He finally indicates that whereas the northern ecu economic climate did get well fast, the good Famine ushered in a interval of social instability that had severe repercussions for generations to come.

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Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500: Volume 3, Southern England

By Anthony Emery

This can be the 3rd quantity of Anthony Emery's magisterial survey, larger Medieval homes of britain and Wales, 1300-1500, first released in 2006. around the 3 volumes Emery has tested afresh and re-assessed over 750 homes, the 1st entire evaluate of the topic for a hundred and fifty years. coated are the whole diversity of prime houses, from royal and episcopal palaces to manor homes, in addition to group constructions resembling educational faculties, monastic granges and secular schools of canons. This quantity surveys Southern England and is split into 3 areas, each one of which incorporates a separate ancient and architectural advent in addition to thematic essays triggered by means of key constructions. The textual content is complemented all through through quite a lot of plans and diagrams and a wealth of images displaying the current situation of virtually each apartment mentioned. this can be a necessary resource for somebody attracted to the heritage, structure and tradition of medieval England and Wales.

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The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, Volume 1: 660-1649

By N. A. M. Rodger

All through Britain's background, one issue certainly others has made up our minds the destiny of the kingdom: its army. N. A. M. Rodger's definitive account finds how the political and social development of england has been inextricably intertwined with the energy - and weak point - of its sea energy, from the determined early campaigns opposed to the Vikings to the defeat of the nice Spanish Armada.

Covering coverage, technique, ships, recruitment and guns, it is a exceptional tapestry of approximately 1,000 years of maritime historical past. No different historian has tested the topic in something just like the aspect discovered right here. the result's a great instance of narrative history' Barry Unsworth, Sunday Telegraph

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A Man of Contradictions: A Life of A. L. Rowse

By Richard Ollard

He proclaimed himself a genius and raged opposed to the slightest feedback from fellow students; he was once a Marxist who despised the 'Idiot People'; he might be beneficiant and affectionate but hurled insults at his buddies; he inveighed opposed to Puritanism yet was once himself in lots of methods a Puritan: A. L. Rowse used to be a guy of many contradictions.

In this clear-sighted and soaking up biography, Richard Ollard examines the numerous facets of Rowse's Protean character to bare a guy who, no matter what he used to be responding to - public affairs, the humanities, typical good looks or occasions in his own lifestyles - did so with great power and passion.

'An urbane research of the prestigious historian.' Antonia Fraser, Daily Mail

'Strikes an ideal stability among the Jekyll Rowse and the Hyde Rowse.' Bevis Hillier, Spectator

'Excellent.' Katherine Duncan-Jones, TLS

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Barmy Britain: Bizarre-but-True Stories from Across the Nation

By Jack Crossley

This hilarious compendium of all that is bizarre approximately lifestyles within the British Isles uncovers the eccentricity, extraordinary forms, and outright oddity suggested during the last yr by means of the nation's newspapers. Jack Crossley spent a few forty years in Fleet road and is the fitting better half to steer you thru this laugh-out-loud choice of anecdotes and unusual goings-on from round our reasonable isles. stories so outlandish, you would swear they might been made up. unusual symptoms, tortuous typos, hilarious headlines and the oddest obituaries: this excellent, inimitable miscellany celebrates all that's off-beat in Albion this present day. even if the remainder of the inside track is doom-laden, the loads of snippets the following will not fail to elevate a laugh.

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Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979 (History of Modern Britain, Book 4)

By Dominic Sandbrook

Dominic Sandbrook's great account of the overdue Nineteen Seventies in Britain - the booklet in the back of the most important BB2 series The Seventies

In this gloriously vibrant e-book, Dominic Sandbrook recreates the extreme interval of the past due Nineteen Seventies in all its chaos and contradiction, revealing it as a decisive aspect in our contemporary historical past. around the nation, a profound argument in regards to the way forward for the country used to be being performed out, not only in households and colleges yet in every thing from episodes of Doctor Who to singles via the conflict. those years observed the height of alternate union energy and the apogee of an previous working-class Britain - but in addition the delivery of domestic desktops, the increase of the prepared meal and the triumph of the Grantham grocer's daughter who may switch our historical past forever.

Reviews:

'Magnificent ... for those who lived throughout the overdue Seventies - or, for that subject, no matter if you didn't - don't pass over this book' Mail on Sunday

'Sandbrook has created a particular type of narrative historical past, mixing excessive politics, social swap and pop culture ... continually readable and guaranteed ... someone who really believes now we have by no means been so badly ruled should still learn this wonderful book' Stephen Robinson, Sunday Times

'[Sandbrook] has a amazing skill to show a sow's ear right into a sulk handbag. His topic is miserable, however the e-book itself is a pleasure ... [it] merits from an outstanding solid of characters ... As a storyteller, Sandbrook is, definitely, wonderful ... [he] is an interesting heritage able to striking perception ... while discussing politics, Sandbrook is masterful ... Seasons within the Sun is a well-known tale, but seldom has it been instructed with such verve' Gerard DeGroot, Seven

'A fantastic historian ... I had by no means absolutely liked what a very terrible interval it was once till interpreting Sandbrook ... you will see that some of these unusual participants - Thatcher, Rotten, Larkin, Benn - much less as loose brokers expressing their very own suggestions, than because the inevitable final result of the commercial and political decline which Sandbrook so skilfully depicts' A. N. Wilson, Spectator

'Nuanced ... Sandbrook has rummaged deep into the cultural lifetime of the period to remind us how wealthy it used to be, from Bowie to Dennis Potter, Martin Amis to William Golding' Damian Whitworth, The Times

'Sharply and fluently written ... interesting ... via making you relatively nostalgic for the current, Sandbrook has performed a public service' Evening Standard

About the author:
Born in Shropshire ten days earlier than the October 1974 election, Dominic Sandbrook used to be expert at Oxford, St Andrews and Cambridge. he's the writer of 3 highly acclaimed books on post-war Britain: Never Had It So Good, White Heat and nation of Emergency, and books on sleek American background, Eugene McCarthy and Mad as Hell. A prolific reviewer and columnist, he writes usually for the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, New Statesman and BBC History.

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