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Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-1865, 2017/18, Semester 1
Professor Simon Green
s.j.d.green@leeds.ac.uk
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Textbook

W.D. Rubenstein, Britain's century : a political and social history, 1815-1905, 1815–1906

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Essay 1

‘Members of Parliament after the Reform Bill were no doubt exactly what they had been before. Yet the House and with it the whole political world, was entirely different.’ Discuss with reference to the events of 1828 to 1832

J.C.D. Clark, English society 1688-1832 : ideology, social structure and political practice during the ancient regime, ch. 6

Boyd Hilton, A mad, bad, and dangerous people? : England 1783-1846, ch. 6 + pp. 513–24

N. Gash, Politics in the age of Peel : a study in the technique of parliamentary representation, 1830-1850, chs 1, 3, 5, 9 and 15

N. Gash, Reaction and reconstruction in English politics, 1832-1852., chs 5 and 6

Oliver Macdonagh, The hereditary bondsman : Daniel O'Connell 1775-1829, chs 10–12

D.C. Moore, The politics of deference : a study of the mid-nineteenth century English political system, chs 4–8

Richard Brent, Liberal Anglican politics : Whiggery, religion and reform, 1830-1841, Introduction

Jonathan Parry, The rise and fall of liberal government in Victorian Britain, pt 1 (chs 1–3)

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Essay 2

How do you explain the continuing pre-eminence of a landed élite in an ever more industrial and urban society (to c. 1870)

G. Kitson Clark, The making of Victorian England : being the Ford lectures delivered before the University of Oxford, chs 7 and 8

H. Perkin, The origins of modern English society, 1780-1880, chs 2, 6 and 9

F.M.L. Thompson, English landed society in the nineteenth century., chs 3, 5, 7, and 10

David Spring, The English landed estate in the nineteenth century : its administration, chs 1, 2 + 5

A. Howe, The cotton masters, 1830-1860, chs 2, 3, 6 and 7

W.D. Rubinstein, Capitalism, culture, and decline in Britain, 1750-1990 (general)

J.R. Vincent, Pollbooks : how Victorians voted., ch. 1, sections 6–10 and ch. 3

José Harris, Private lives, public spirit : Britain 1870-1914, ch. 4

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Essay 3

In what ways and with what effect did a middle-class ‘rise’ in the industrial cities and towns of Britain, c. 1830–1870

K. Theodore Hoppen, The mid-Victorian generation, 1846-1886, ch. 2

R.J. Morris, Class, sect and party : the making of the British middle class, Leeds 1820-1850, chs 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 13

Richard Trainor, Black country élites : the exercise of authority in an industrialized area 1830-1900, chs 3–6

John Prest, Liberty and locality : Parliament, permissive legislation, and ratepayers' democracies in the nineteenth century, chs 1,3, and 4

Geoffrey Searle, Entrepreneurial politics in mid-Victorian Britain, chs 1 and 5–6

E.J. Hobsbawm, The age of capital, 1848-1875

Simon Gunn, ‘The “Failure” of the Victorian Middle-Class: A Critique’, in J. Wolff and J. Seed (eds), The Culture of capital : art, power and the nineteenth-century middle class, pp. 17–43

S.J.D. Green, ‘In Search of Bourgeois Civilisation’, Northern history., vol. xxviii, 1992, pp. 228–47

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Essay 4

Who were the Chartists? What did they want? Why did they fail to get it?

Malcolm Chase, Chartism : a new history (General)

Dorothy Thompson, The Chartists. (General)

A. Briggs (ed.), Chartist studies (Essays by Briggs (2), Lucy Brown and F.C. Mather)

J. Epstein and D. Thompson (eds), The Chartist experience : studies in working-class radicalism and culture, 1830-60 (esp. chapter by G.S. Jones on ‘The Language of Chartism’)

Gareth Stedman Jones, Languages of class : studies in English working class history, 1832-1982

J. Epstein, The lion of freedom : Feargus O'Connor and the Chartist movement, 1832-1842, chs 2–6

Boyd Hilton, A mad, bad, and dangerous people? : England 1783-1846, ch. 9

Jutta Schwarzkopf, Women in the Chartist Movement, chs 3, 6 and 9

D. Goodway, London Chartism, 1838-1848, Pt I and conclusion

Paul A. Pickering, Chartism and the Chartists in Manchester and Salford, chs 3–7 and 9

A.W. Filson and C.D.H. Cole, British working class movements : select documents,1789-1875., chs 14 and 15

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Essay 5

In what sense where Peel’s policies conservative, as he maintained?

N. Gash, Sir Robert Peel, vol. II, chs 8, 9, 13, 15–18

N. Gash, Reaction and reconstruction in English politics, 1832-1852., ch. 5

Boyd Hilton, A mad, bad, and dangerous people? : England 1783-1846, ch. 6 + pp. 513–24

K. Theodore Hoppen, The mid-Victorian generation, 1846-1886, ch. 2

R. Blake, The Conservative Party from Peel to Thatcher, ch. 2

R.M. Stewart, The foundation of the Conservative Party, 1830-1867, Pt II

Jonathan Parry, The rise and fall of liberal government in Victorian Britain, ch. 7

Boyd Hilton, ‘The Ripening of Robert Peel’, in Michael Bentley (ed.), Public and private doctrine : essays in British history presented to Maurice Cowling, ch. 3

Anna Gambles, ‘Rethinking the Politics of Protection: Conservativism and the Corn Laws, 1830–1852’, English historical review., 1998

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Essay 6

What were Victorian Values? Discuss with reference to the period up to c. 1870

A. Briggs, The age of improvement, 1783-1867, ch. 9

A. Briggs, Victorian people : a reassessment of persons and themes, 1851-67., ch. 5

H. Perkin, The origins of modern English society, 1780-1880, ch. 8

N. Gash, Robert Surtees and early Victorian society, chs 8–10

W.L. Burn, The age of equipoise : a study of the mid-Victorian generation, ch. 5

Gertrude Himmelfarb, Marriage and morals among the Victorians : essays, chs 1–4

Gertrude Himmelfarb, Victorian minds, ch. 10

Gorden Marsden (ed.),Victorian values : personalities and perspectives in nineteenth-century society, Introduction and chs 2–9 (various)

Eric Sigsworth (ed.), In search of Victorian values : aspects of nineteenth-century thought and society, Introduction and chs 1, 3 and 4

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Essay 7

‘Ours is the Age of Great Cities’ (Robert Vaughan, 1843). To What extent, and with what effect, had Victorian Britain become an urban society, by c. 1870?

Asa Briggs, Victorian cities, chs 1, 2 and 9

E.J. Hobsbawm, The age of capital, 1848-1875, chs 12 and 13

H. Perkin, The origins of modern English society, 1780-1880, 1780–1880, chs 5, pt 3

Patrick Joyce, Work, society and politics : the culture of the factory in later Victorian England, chs 3–6 and 8

Derek Fraser (ed.), Municipal reform and the industrial city, Introduction, ch. 2, pts 1–4, ch. 3, passim.

P.J. Waller, Town, city and nation : England 1850-1914 – statistical appendices

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Essay 8

How and why did so many mid-Victorian intellectuals come to doubt the existence of God?

Noel Annan, Leslie Stephen : the godless Victorian, chs 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10

Maurice Cowling, Religion and public doctrine in modern England, volume 2, part 2

Frank M. Turner, Contesting cultural authority : essays in Victorian intellectual life, chs 1–4 and 7

James R. Moore, ‘Free Thought, Secularism, Agnosticism: The Case of Charles Darwin’, in Gerald Parsons (ed.), Religion in Victorian Britain, vol. 1, Traditions, ch. 8

K.J.M. Smith, James Fitzjames Stephen : portrait of a Victorian rationalist, ch. 8

Christopher Harvie, The lights of liberalism : university liberals and the challenge of democracy, 1860-86, chs 2–4

K. Theodore Hoppen, The mid-Victorian generation, 1846-1886, ch. 13

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Essay 9

To what extent did Great Britain become a more ‘integrated nation’ during the reign of Queen Victoria?

Linda Colley, Britons : forging the nation 1707-1837, Conclusion

Keith Robbins, Nineteenth-century Britain : integration and diversity (General)

K. Theodore Hoppen, The mid-Victorian generation, 1846-1886, ch. 14

David Hempton, Religion and political culture in Britain and Ireland, from the Glorious Revolution to the decline of empire, chs 3 and 7

John Wolffe, God and greater Britain : religion and national life in Britain and Ireland 1843-1945

Hugh Kearnsey, The British Isles : a history of four nations, ch. 9

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Essay 10

Account for the Emergence of a ‘Peculiar Society’ in Ireland, c. 1840–70

K. Theodore Hoppen, The mid-Victorian generation, 1846-1886, ch. 15

R.F. Foster, Modern Ireland 1600-1972, chs 14–16

E.D. Steele, Irish land and British politics : tenant-right and nationality, 1865-1870, ch. 1

E.R. Norman, The Catholic Church and Ireland in the age of rebellion, 1859-1873., chs 1,3, 7–8

Edward Norman, A history of modern Ireland, chs 3–7

David Hempton, Religion and political culture in Britain and Ireland, from the Glorious Revolution to the decline of empire, chs 4 and 5

David Hempton (and Myrtle Hill), Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster society, 1740-1890, chs 6 and 8

 

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