Nineteenth-Century Britain by Christopher Harvie
A Very Short Introduction

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First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew's Very Short Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Britain is a sharp but subtle account of remarkable economic and social change and an even more remarkable political stability. Britain in 1789 was overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and almost half Celtic. By 1914, when it faced its greatest test since the defeat of Napoleon, it
was largely urban and English. Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew show the forces behind Britain's rise to its imperial zenith, and the continuing tensions within the nations and classes of the 'union state'.

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About Christopher Harvie

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Christopher Harvie, Professor of British and Irish Studies at Tubingen University, made himself the leading historian of twentieth-century Scotland with two classic works, Scotland and Nationalism (1977, third edition 1998) and No Gods and Precious Few Heroes: Twentieth-Century Scotland (1981, thirdedition, 2000). Educated at the High School and University of Edinburgh, a pioneer of distance learning at the Open University, and a polymath in the tradition of Adam Smith and Patrick Geddes, Harvie now brings his interest in technology, politics and culture, displayed in The Lights ofLiberalism (on the Oxbridge elite, 1976), The Centre of Things (on political fiction, 1991) and Fool's Gold (on North Sea oil, 1994) to bear on his own country, in A Short History of Scotland.
Published August 10, 2000 by Oxford Paperbacks. 172 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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