By Chris Williams
A significant other to Nineteenth-Century Britain offers 33 essays via professional students on the entire significant facets of the political, social, financial and cultural background of england through the past due Georgian and Victorian eras.
- Truly British, instead of English, in scope.
- Pays awareness to the reports of ladies in addition to of fellows.
- Illustrated with maps and charts.
- Includes courses to extra reading.
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The chapters by C. K. Harley and M. Edelstein in R. C. Floud and D. McCloskey, eds, The Economic History of Britain since 1700, vols 1 and 2 (1994) provide reliable, up-todate guides to central issues. All historians rely heavily on the statistics provided in W. Schlote, British Overseas Trade from 1700 to the 1930s (Oxford, 1939), B. R. Mitchell and P. Deane, Abstract of British Historical Statistics (1962), A. H. Imlah, Economic Elements in the Pax Britannica: Studies in British Foreign Trade in the Nineteenth Century (1958), and B.
Thirdly, and dramatically, Britain in 1849 abandoned her centuries-old dependence on the Navigation Acts, an exception to free trade which even Smith himself had been prepared to concede on the famous grounds that ‘defence is more important than opulence’. Victorian Britain was not quite to reply that opulence was more important than defence but the Navigation Acts were now considered dispensable as a prop of the navy as well as of the economy. Despite the dire predictions of the shipping interest (and some half-pay naval officers), British shipping survived and entered into the period of its greatest relative world dominance with 50 per cent of world steam tonnage in 1880.
Crouzet, Britain Ascendant, ch. 6. C. A. Jones, International Business in the Nineteenth Century: The Rise and Fall of a Cosmopolitan Bourgeoisie (Brighton, 1987). S. B. Saul, Studies in British Overseas Trade, 1870–1914 (Liverpool, 1960). W. Schlote, British Overseas Trade from 1700 to the 1930s (Oxford, 1939), table 18. S. B. Saul, The Myth of the Great Depression, 1873–1896 (Basingstoke, 1985), p. 55. R. C. O. Matthews, C. H. Feinstein and J. C. Odling-Smee, British Economic Growth, 1856–1914 (Oxford, 1982), p.
A Companion to 19th-Century Britain by Chris Williams