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Empire, State, and Society: Britain since 1830 by Jamie L. Bronstein

By Jamie L. Bronstein

Empire, nation, and Society assesses the exterior and inner forces at the back of Britain's transformation from worldwide superpower to its present place within the twenty-first century. The authors offer an obtainable and balanced creation, that is thoughtfully geared up for ease of use for either scholars and teachers.

  • Offers a very important comparative measurement which units the adventure of england along that of twenty-first-century superpower, the us of America
  • Draws on contemporary scholarship to supply a hugely present perspective
  • Organised to permit professors to assign readings with roughly intensity as scholar talents and direction lengths allow
  • Written in a mode that's totally obtainable and fascinating for undergraduates in either the USA and the UK

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Leaders like Methodist “political preacher” Joseph Rayner Stephens ascended the “platform” (often an upturned wagon in the middle of a field) amid large crowds, and encouraged workmen to demand bread or blood. Meanwhile, in London, a group of artisans and radicals styling themselves the London Working Men’s Association formed a group for political gain and mutual assistance. They generated a list of six points that came to be called the “People’s Charter,” calling for annual parliamentary elections; equal electoral districts; vote by secret ballot rather than oral declaration; payment of Members of Parliament (which would enable working people to serve); no property qualifications for Members of Parliament (at that point the lowest amount of property that an MP could possess was £300); and, most importantly, a vote for every man over 21 years of age.

And while Britons might not be slaves, and were squeamish about Britons owning too many slaves in Britain itself, they certainly bought, sold, insured, shipped, financed, and bought the produce of slaves largely without thought or regret. Eighteenth-century commerce and finance was predicated at many levels on colonial slave labor. But this too was complicated, as Britain was also the source of much anti-slavery campaigning; Parliament abolished the slave trade itself in 1807 and emancipated slaves in British colonies in 1833 (though the process of emancipation took several years).

As this social model eroded, the state became less interventionist and more laissez-faire. At the same time, new technologies had transformed production in certain industries, population expansion created a vast pool of cheap labor, and new ways emerged to organize production that shifted control over working conditions from workers to employers. The state had been more proactive in the past out of a sense of preserving social order, and with the decline in such traditional concepts of order, new ways would have to be found to knit together the British people into a stable society in the face of tremendous social change.

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