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By Eric J. Evans

In the years1815-1832, Britain got here with reference to revolution. Fewer than 20 years separate the conflict of Waterloo from the passing of the ‘Great’ Reform Act yet in this interval Britain’s political elite was once challenged as by no means sooner than. In emerging to that problem, the political elite tried, with enormous good fortune, to make sure that Britain engineered that the majority perilous of transitions, from a much less advanced and extra deferential society right into a smooth city and commercial one, whereas avoding political revolution.

In this largely revised second variation Evans engages with a welter of recent fabric and clean interpretations. The publication sheds mild either at the demanding situations to latest political and social authority and why these demanding situations have been noticeable off.

Evans examines:

·         The composition of Britain’s political elite and the way this elite coped with the issues thrown up by way of a society urbanising and modernising at an unparalleled rate.

·         How Britain reacted to the longer-term implications of the French Revolution, together with the advance of a extra cohesive nationwide identification.  

·         How the elite tried to keep up public order during this interval – and with what luck.

·         the level of swap in Britain’s political procedure caused through political, spiritual and administrative reforms

 Written in obtainable variety, with a wealthy number of records, chronology, word list, a advisor to extra reading,and a ‘Who’s Who’ which summarises the careers and contributions of the most figures, this new version is vital for all these drawn to figuring out Britain at this most vital turning aspect in its history.

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Britain before the Reform Act: Politics and Society 1815-1832

Within the years1815-1832, Britain got here just about revolution. Fewer than two decades separate the conflict of Waterloo from the passing of the ‘Great’ Reform Act yet in this interval Britain’s political elite was once challenged as by no means ahead of. In emerging to that problem, the political elite tried, with huge good fortune, to make sure that Britain engineered that almost all perilous of transitions, from a much less advanced and extra deferential society right into a glossy city and business one, whereas avoding political revolution.

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He was convicted and suffered both hanging and decapitation at Newgate. Vansittart, Nicholas (1st Baron Bexley) (1766–1851): Tory politician. He entered parliament in 1796 and supported both Pitt’s wartime policies and his suppression of radical politics. He is best known as Liverpool’s Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1812 to 1823. Here he inherited a massive debt but his attempts to improve national finances were ham-fisted and he lost the support both of the Bank of England and of many in his own party.

Liverpool held the prime ministership for longer than anyone except Walpole. His long tenure of power helped to develop the concept of collective Cabinet responsibility for policies. Cabinet solidarity, backed by usually secure parliamentary majorities, was one of many factors which explain the declining powers of the monarchy in this period. ) (1789–1864): Political economist. Largely self-taught in economics, he became one of the most influential political economists of the age. His concern was to apply general ideas about economics to the solution of practical problems, such as the size of the national debt and the cost and alleged inefficiency of the English poor law system before 1834.

Agnostic: One who feels that there is not enough evidence to determine whether God exists or not, or that nothing can be known about the existence of God. It follows that an agnostic would not (for other than cynical reasons) be a member of any orthodox church. Anglo-American War, 1812–15: A conflict which is now little remembered in Britain, but which significantly added to the economic difficulties the country experienced towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars. It was caused by a number of disputes between the two nations, including American attempts to break Britain’s naval blockade of France and border disputes between the United States and British Canada.

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