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HIST1300 John Ruskin's Unto This Last and other writings

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


* Items are texts that are of particular interest in this course.


Primary Sources

Core Text

*Ruskin, John, Unto this last and other writings (London: Penguin, 1997) [AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEMAND COLLECTION]

Other Works by John Ruskin 

[Several of these are included in the core text above but they are also available in the library catalogue and online via the library catalogue]

The Works of John Ruskin edited by Edward Tyas Cook and Alexander Wedderburn (London: George Allen 1903 – 1913) [This is the definitive collection of all Ruskin’s writings and comprises 39 volumes.]

The works of John Ruskin on CD-ROM [electronic resource]. [Electronic Resource], (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Fors Clavigera: letters to the workmen and labourers of Great Britain (Orpington: George Allen, 1871-1884)

Modern Painters , Complete Edition (Sunnyside, Orpington: George Allen, 1888)

Praeterita : the autobiography of John Ruskin. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978)

Sesame and Lilies (London: George Allen, 1893)

The Stones of Venice (London: Smith, Elder, 1973)

Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne: twenty-five letters to a working man of Sunderland on the laws of work , 2nd ed., (London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1868)

The two paths : being lectures on art, and its application to decoration and manufacture, delivered in 1858-9, 4th ed, (London: George Allen, 1901)

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Other Primary Sources

Booth, Charles, In Darkest England and the Way Out (Chicago: Charles Sergal, 1890) [Available online via the library catalogue]

Engels, Friedrich, The condition of the working-class in England in 1844 : with a preface written in 1892 (London: Allen and Unwin, 1892) [Available online via the library catalogue]

*Hill, Octavia, Octavia Hill and the social housing debate : essays and letters by Octavia Hill , ed by Robert Wheelan (London: IEA Health and Welfare Unit 1998) [AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEMAND COLLECTION]

Hobson, J. A., John Ruskin, social reformer (London: James Nisbet & Co., Limited, 1898) [Available online via the library catalogue. Also available in high demand collection]

Marx, Karl, The Communist Manifesto (1848) [Available online via the library catalogue]

Mill, John Stuart, Utilitarianism: and on Liberty: including Mill’s Essay on Bentham and Selections from the Writings of Jeremy Bentham and John Austin, edited by Mary Warnock, 2nd ed (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003) [Available online via the library catalogue]

Morris, William, News from nowhere : and other writings , edited with an introduction and notes by Clive Wilmer (London: Penguin, 1997) [Available online via the library catalogue]

Riccardo, David, On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation , 2nd American ed (Washington D.C: JB Bell, 1830)

Smiles, Samuel, Self Help with Illustrations of Conduct and Perseverance (1858) with a centenary introduction by Asa Briggs (London: J. Murray, 1958)

Smiles, Samuel, ‘The diffusion of political knowledge among the working classes [electronic resource] : an address delivered before the members of the Bradford United Reform Club, February 14, 1842 (1842), [Available online via the library catalogue]

Smith, Adam, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (London: W. Strahan and T. Cadwell, 1776) [Available online via the library catalogue]

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Secondary Sources

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John Ruskin  – Biography

Grimble, Simon, (ed), Lives of Victorian Literary Figures. 3, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Carlyles and John Ruskin by their Contemporaries , Vol. 3, 'John Ruskin' (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2005)

Christianson, Aileen and McIntosh, Sheila, (eds), Lives of Victorian literary figures. 3, Elizabeth Gaskell, the Carlyles and John Ruskin by their Contemporaries , Vol. 2, 'The Carlyles' (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2005)

Batchelor, John, John Ruskin : no wealth but life : a biography . A Biography (London: Pimlico, 2001)

Bell, Quentin, Ruskin (Oliver and Boyd: London, 1963)

Bradley, Alexander, ‘Ruskin at Oxford: Pupil and Master’, Studies in English literature, 1500-1900. 32, 4, Nineteenth Century (Autumn, 1992), pp. 747-764 [Available online via the library catalogue]

Fain, John Tyree, ‘Ruskin and his Father’, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA), 59, 1 (Mar, 1944), pp. 236-242 [Available online via the library catalogue]

*Henderson, Willie, ‘Reason, rhetoric and John Ruskin’ in John Ruskin's political economy (London; New York: Routledge, 2000), pp. 1-20

*O’Gorman, Francis, Ruskin (Thrupp and Stroud: Sutton Publishing Limited, 1999) [AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEMAND COLLECTION]

O’Gorman, Francis, ‘Suppose It Were Your Own Father of Whom You Spoke’: Ruskin’s Unto This Last (1860)’, Review of English studies. , New Series, 15, 202 (May, 2000), pp. 230-247[Available online via the library catalogue]

*John Ruskin entry in Oxford dictionary of national biography : from the earliest times to the year 2000 – [Available online via the library catalogue]

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The Industrial Revolution 

Evans, Eric J., The Forging of the Modern State: early industrial Britain 1783 – 1870 , 3rd ed., (London: Longman, 2001)

Griffith, Emma, A short history of the British Industrial Revolution (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) [AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEMAND COLLECTION]

Hudson, Pat, The Industrial Revolution (London: Edward Arnold, 1992)

Mathias, Peter, The First Industrial Nation: an economic history of Britain 1700-1914 , 2nd ed., (London: Routledge, 2001)

*Morgan, Kenneth, The birth of industrial Britain : social change, 1750-1850 , 2nd ed (Harlow, England; New York: Longman, 2011) [Available on-line via the library catalogue]

*Morgan, Kenneth, The birth of industrial Britain : economic change 1750-1850 (London; New York: Longman, 1999) [Available online via the library catalogue]

O’Brien, Patrick and Quinault, Roland (eds), The Industrial Revolution and British society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Singleton, Fred, Industrial Revolution in Yorkshire (Clapham, Yorkshire: Dalesman, 1970)

*Wyatt, Lee Tully, The industrial revolution [electronic resource] (Westport, Connecticut; London: Greenwood, 2009) [Available online via the library catalogue]

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Nineteenth Century Economic, Political and Social History

*Briggs, Asa, A Social History of England (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987)

Daunton, Martin, Wealth and welfare : an economic and social history of Britain, 1851-1951 (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Fraser, Derek, The Evolution of the British Welfare State: a history of social policy since the industrial revolution , 2nd ed (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1984)

Harris, Jose, Private lives, public spirit : a social history of Britain, 1870-1914 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)

*Harrison, John Fletcher Clews (JFC), Early Victorian Britain 1832-51 (London: Fontana/Collins, 1979)

*Harrison, JFC, The Early Victorians, 1832-1851 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1971)

Hewitt, Martin, (ed), The Victorian World (London; New York: Routledge, 2012) [Available online via the library catalogue]

Joyce, Patrick, Work, Society and Politics: the culture of the factory in later Victorian England (Brighton: Harvester Press, 1980)

Malchow, Howard LeRoy, Gentlemen capitalists : the social and political world of the Victorian businessman (London: Edward Arnold, 1986)

McCord, Norman and Purdue, Bill, British history 1815-1914 , 2nd ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

*Pelling, Henry, Popular Politics and Society in Late Victorian Britain: essays by Henry Pelling (London: Macmillan, 1979)

*Pugh Martin, State and Society; a social and political history of Britain since 1870 , 4th ed (London: Bloomsbury, 2012) [Available online via the library catalogue]

*Royle, Edward, Modern Britain : a social history, 1750-2011 , (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2012) [available online via the library catalogue]

Rubenstein, William D., Britain's century : a political and social history, 1815-1905 (London: Arnold, 1998)

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Labour Movement

*Bellamy, Joyce and Saville, John; assisted by David E. Martin, (eds) Dictionary of labour biography (London: Macmillan, 1972-)

Christie, Ian. Ralph, British "non-élite" MPs, 1715-1820 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1995)

Cole, George Douglas Howard (GDH), British Working Class Politics 1832-1914 (London: G. Routledge & sons, Ltd, 1941) [Available on-line via the library catalogue]

Harrison, Royden, Before the Socialists: studies in labour and politics, 1861 – 1881 , 2nd ed (Aldershot: Gregg Revivals, 1994)

Host, John, Victorian labour history : experience, identity and the politics of representation (London; New York; Routledge, 1998)

*Goldman, Lawrence, ‘Ruskin, Oxford, and the British Labour Movement 1880-1914’, in Dinah Birch, ed., Ruskin and the dawn of the modern (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)

*Kynaston, David, King Labour : the British working class, 1850-1914 (London: George Allen& Unwin, 1976)

McWilliam, Rohan, Popular politics in nineteenth-century England (London: Routledge, 1998) [Also available on-line via the library catalogue]

Morris, J.R., Class and class consciousness in the Industrial Revolution, 1780-1850 , (London: Macmillan, 1979)

*Pelling, Henry, Origins of the Labour Party 1880 – 1900 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1966)

*Thompson, E.P., The Making of the English Working Class (London: Penguin, 2013)

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Religion and Socialism

Brown, Richard, Church and state in modern Britain 1700-1850 (London: Routledge, 1991) [Available online via the library catalogue]

*Colloms, Brenda, ‘Introduction’ in Victorian visionaries (London: Constable, 1982)

Mayor, Stephen, The churches and the Labour movement. (London: Independent P, 1967)

*Norman, Edward Robert, Chap. 7 ‘John Ruskin’ in The Victorian Christian Socialists (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp.121-143 [Available on the VLE]

Wheeler Michael, Ruskin's God (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999). 

*Yeo, Stephen, A New Life: The Religion of Socialism in Britain, 1883-1896’, History workshop journal. , 4 (Autumn, 1977), pp. 5-56 [Available online via the library catalogue]

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Black, Eugene (ed), Victorian culture and society (London: Macmillan, 1973), pp. 284-310

*Chesterton, Gilbert Keith, The Victorian Age in Literature (London: Butterworth, 1913)

Gilmour, Robin, The Victorian period : the intellectual and cultural context of English literature, 1830-1890 (London: Longman, 1993)

Hardman, Malcolm, Ruskin and Bradford : an experiment in Victorian cultural history (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986)

Heyck, Thomas William, The transformation of intellectual life in Victorian England (London: Croom Helm, 1982)

Heyck, Thomas William, ‘From Men of Letters to Intellectuals: The Transformation of Intellectual Life in Nineteenth-Century England’, The journal of British studies. , 20, 1 (Autumn, 1980), pp. 158-163. [Available online via the library catalogue]

Hoppen, K. Theodore, The mid-Victorian generation, 1846-1886 (Oxford Clarendon Press, 1998)

Houghton, E, Walter, The Victorian Frame of Mind 1830 – 1870 (New Haven University Press, 1956)

Robbins, Ruth and Wolfreys, Julian (eds), Victorian Gothic : literary and cultural manifestations in the nineteenth century  (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2000) [Available online via the library catalogue]

Stoddart, Judith, Chap 1 in Ruskin's culture wars : Fors clavigera and the crisis of Victorian liberalism (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Ruskin and the Economy

Bliss, Christopher, ‘Ruskin’s Political Economy of Art’, Oxford art journal. , Vol. 2, Art and Society (April, 1979), pp. 35-38 [Available online via the library catalogue]

Craig, David M., John Ruskin and the ethics of consumption (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia, 2006)

Fain, John, Tyree, ‘Ruskin and the Orthodox Political Economists’, The southern economic journal. , 10, 1 (July 1943), pp. 1-13 [Available online via the library catalogue]

Fain, John. Tyree, ‘Ruskin and Hobson’, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA), 67, 4 (June, 1952), pp. 297-307 [Available online via the library catalogue]

*Henderson, Willie, John Ruskin's political economy (London and New York: Routledge, 2000)[AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEMAND COLLECTION]

Sherburne, James, John Ruskin : or, the ambiquities of abundance : a study in social and economic criticism (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1972)

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Social Reform

*Birch, Dinah, ed., Ruskin and the dawn of the modern (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)[AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEMAND COLLECTION]

*Cockram, Gil, Ruskin and social reform : ethics and economics in the Victorian Age (London: I B Tauris, 2007) [Available online via the library catalogue]

Dennis, Norman and Halsey, A.H., English ethical socialism : Thomas More to R.H. Tawney (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988).

*Eagles, Stuart, After Ruskin : the social and political legacies of a Victorian prophet, 1870-1920 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) [AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEMAND COLLECTION]

Gordon, Peter and White, John, Philosophers as educational reformers : the influence of idealism on British educational thought and practice (London, Boston and Henley: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979)

*Harris, Jose, ‘Ruskin and Social Reform’ in Dinah Birch, ed., Ruskin and the dawn of the modern (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999) [Available on the VLE]

*Harvey, Charles and Press, Jon., John Ruskin and the Ethical Foundations of Morris & Company, 1861-96’, Journal of business ethics. , 14, 3 (Mar, 1995), pp. 181-194 [Available online via the library catalogue]

Jackson, Ben, Equality and the British Left : a study in progressive political thought, 1900-64 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2007).

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Unto This Last - Legacy

Bradley, J. L., ed., Ruskin : the critical heritage (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984) 

Brown, Judith, M., ‘Reading Unto This Last – A Transformative Experience: Gandhi in South Africa’ in Ruskin's struggle for coherence ed. by Rachel Dickinson and Keith Hanley (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006), pp. 154-165 [Available on the VLE] Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

*Hewison, Robert, ed., New approaches to Ruskin : thirteen essays (London, Boston and Henley: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981) [AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEMAND COLLECTION]

Murti, Ramana V. V., ‘Influence of the Western Tradition on Gandhian Doctrine’, Philosophy east and west. , 18, 1/2 (Jan-Apr, 1968), pp. 55-65 [Available online via the library catalogue]

This list was last updated on 10/12/2015