British History 1815-1914 (Short Oxford History of the by Norman McCord

By Norman McCord

This absolutely revised and up-to-date variation of Norman McCord's authoritative advent to nineteenth-century British heritage has been prolonged to hide the interval as much as the outbreak of the 1st international conflict in 1914. The authors chart the advance of a latest country outfitted with a wide and increasing paperwork, the growth of abroad territories into one of many world's maximum empires, and adjustments in faith, social attitudes, and culture.British heritage 1815-1914, moment version, divides the period into 4 chronological sessions, with chapters at the political history, administrative improvement, and social, financial, and cultural adjustments in every one interval. This re-creation explores such significant subject matters because the enormous elevate in inhabitants, the query of sophistication, the scope of country task, and the improvement of consumerism, relaxation, and leisure. that includes a pick out bibliography and biographical appendix, this quantity presents the last word creation to British background among the tip of the Napoleonic Wars and the outbreak of the 1st global warfare.

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This meant repeated recourse to further borrowing to make ends meet, which increased instead of diminishing the burden of the National Debt. The 1815 Corn Law In one respect the government had already felt obliged to add to the country’s tariff restrictions, though this time primarily for protective rather than revenue purposes. The Corn Law of 1815 was an attempt to cushion the country’s most important economic interest, agriculture, against post-war difficulties. High wartime food prices had begun to fall as early as 1813, and the drop in cereal prices continued into 1815; the average price of wheat, which had stood at 118s.

Gash, Lord Liverpool, 203–4, 240. ¹⁹ Riot was a prescriptive mode of bringing grievances to the notice of established authority. Most of the popular demonstrations of discontent stemmed from economic and social problems rather than any widespread revolutionary intent. The regularity with which the incidence of tumult varied with economic conditions suggests that political disaffection was neither very widespread nor very deep-rooted, for surely genuinely convinced radicals would be ready to demonstrate in good years as well as bad.

There was, however, considerable continuity in policies before and after the extended reshuffle and if, subsequent to it, there was a new emphasis upon reforms, this may well have been due to a pragmatic approach to problems and pressures as they arose. Governments cannot enjoy the convenient separations of problems and policy areas available to historians who describe and analyse them. They face complex mixtures of problems requiring decisions at the same time. Government and Opposition In tackling its problems, the Liverpool government could reasonably reckon on one strong point in its favour: there were no good reasons to believe that any 9.

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