By David Crystal
Who shaped and formed the English language? David and Hilary Crystal take us on a trip via Britain to find the folks who gave our language its color and personality Saxon invaders, medieval students, poets, reformers, dictionary writers. half travelogue, half heritage, this superbly illustrated ebook is filled with unforeseen delights.
The ebook relates a true trip. David and Hilary Crystal drove millions of miles to supply this attention-grabbing mixture of English-language background and travelogue, from destinations in south-east Kent to the Scottish lowlands, and from south-west Wales to the East Anglian coast. David offers the descriptions and linguistic institutions, Hilary the full-colour images. They comprise a advisor for someone eager to keep on with of their footsteps yet manage the e-book to mirror the chronology of the language. This begins with the Anglo-Saxon arrivals in Kent and within the areas that exhibit the earliest proof of English. It leads to London with the most recent apps for grammar. In among are intimate encounters with the areas linked to such writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth the biblical Wycliffe and Tyndale the dictionary compilers Cawdrey, Johnson, and Murray dialect writers, elocutionists, and grammarians, and a number of alternative personalities.
Among the books many joys are its the range that let warriors corresponding to Byrhtnoth and King Alfred to rub shoulders with wordsmiths like Robert Burns and Tim Bobbin, and the unforeseen discoveries that brighten up each degree of the authors epic trip.
By Joseph Meisel
By means of the final many years of the 19th century, extra humans have been making extra speeches to larger numbers in a greater diversity of venues than at any earlier time. This ebook argues recognizably smooth public lifestyles was once created in Victorian Britain principally throughout the instrumentality of public speech. laying off new mild at the careers of a number of the most vital figures of the Victorian period and past, together with Gladstone, Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel, John shiny, Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Lloyd George, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and Canon Liddon, the ebook lines the ways that oratory got here to occupy a vital place within the belief and perform of Victorian public lifestyles. now not a research of rhetoric or a party of significant oratory, the publication stresses the social advancements that resulted in the construction and intake of those speeches.
By Thomas Ahnert
By Kenneth O. Morgan
Chapter 1 international and Defence coverage (pages 1–18): Christopher Coker
Chapter 2 The structure, Goverment and Parliament (pages 19–39): Simon James
Chapter three The Political events (pages 10–58): Alan Sked
Chapter four From Commonwealth to eu Integration (pages 59–108): Jonathan Hollowell
Chapter five Scotland: Cultural Base and monetary Catalysts (pages 109–125): James Mitchell
Chapter 6 Wales on the grounds that 1945 (pages 126–140): Kenneth O. Morgan
Chapter 7 Northern eire given that 1945 (pages 141–160): Henry Patterson
Chapter eight The Currents of Political inspiration (pages 161–178): Roger Eatwell
Chapter nine The Civil carrier (pages 179–193): Keith Dowding
Chapter 10 neighborhood govt (pages 195–210): Nirmala Rao
Chapter eleven The Media (pages 211–237): Michael Bromley
Chapter 12 Social traits, constructions, Values and behavior (pages 239–259): Arthur Marwick
Chapter thirteen lady and Social swap, 1945–1995 (pages 260–278): Jane Lewis
Chapter 14 Cultural switch (pages 279–295): Jim McGuigan
Chapter 15 schooling when you consider that 1945 (pages 296–312): Anthony Heath
Chapter sixteen Race kin (pages 313–331): Shamit Saggar
Chapter 17 well-being and healthiness Care (pages 332–346): Ray Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Surender and Taranie Chandola
Chapter 18 technology and data Technoloav (pages 347–364): Jon Agar
Chapter 19 strain teams (pages 365–379): Wyn Grant
Chapter 20 monetary coverage (pages 381–403): Stephen Broadberry
Chapter 21 Employement of the Labour industry (pages 404–424): Duncan Gallie
Chapter 22 commercial and Labour kinfolk (pages 425–441): Chris Wrigley
Chapter 23 The Welfare country given that 1945 (pages 442–460): Helen Vawcett
By Susan Doran
Monarchy and Matrimony is the 1st accomplished examine of Elizabeth I's courtships. Susan Doran argues that the cult of the `Virgin Queen' was once invented via her ministers, and that Elizabeth used to be compelled into celibacy via political necessity. Doran's certain exam of different matches relies on broad archival learn throughout Europe. instead of targeting Elizabeth's character and photograph, she perspectives the query inside of a much broader political and non secular context. She exhibits how the query of Elizabeth's marriage was once divisive for England, affecting either political lifestyles and diplomacy, and inspiring renowned propaganda within the kind of performs, poetry and work.
By Mr. Roland Hill, Roland Hill
"Power has a tendency to deprave, and absolute strength corrupts absolutely." Lord Acton, 1887 Lord Acton (1834-1902), numbered one of the such a lot esteemed Victorian ancient thinkers, used to be a lot revered for his substantial studying, his rules on politics and faith, and his lifelong preoccupation with human freedom. but Acton used to be in lots of methods an interloper. He stood except his contemporaries, doubting the proposal of limitless development and the advantages of nationalism and democracy. He differed from fellow individuals of the English top classification, keeping to his Catholic religion; and he angered different Catholic believers by means of fiercely opposing the doctrine of papal infallibility. during this striking biography, Roland Hill is the 1st to make complete use of the gigantic choice of books, records and personal papers within the Acton documents to inform the tale of the enigmatic Lord. The e-book describes Acton's of eu aristocrats, his cosmopolitan upbringing, and his disrupted schooling. Drawing a full of life photo of politics and faith on the time, Hill discusses Acton's short occupation as a Liberal member of Parliament, his paintings as editor and proprietor of realized Catholic journals, his battles for freedom for and within the Catholic Church, his friendship with William E. Gladstone, and his seven years as Regius Professor of contemporary heritage at Cambridge college. notwithstanding not able to accomplish The Cambridge sleek background sequence he envisaged, Acton reworked historic learn and left a legacy of rules that maintains to steer historians this day.
By Ronald Hyam
Figuring out the British Empire attracts on a lifetime's learn and mirrored image at the heritage of the British Empire via one of many senior figures within the box. Essays disguise six key subject matters: the geopolitical and financial dynamics of empire, faith and ethics, imperial paperwork, the contribution of political leaders, the importance of sexuality, and the shaping of imperial historiography. a big new introductory bankruptcy attracts jointly the broader framework of Dr Hyam's reviews and several other new chapters specialize in lesser identified figures. different chapters are revised types of previous papers, reflecting a number of the debates and controversies raised via the author's paintings, together with the problem of sexual exploitation, the ecu intrusion into Africa, together with the African reaction to missionaries, trusteeship, and Winston Churchill's imperial attitudes. Combining conventional archival study with more moderen kinds of cultural exploration, this can be an strangely wide-ranging method of key elements of empire.
By Simon Goldhill
How did the Victorians interact with the traditional international? Victorian tradition and Classical Antiquity is a super exploration of the way the traditional worlds of Greece and Rome stimulated Victorian tradition. via Victorian paintings, opera, and novels, Simon Goldhill examines how sexuality and hope, the politics of tradition, and the function of faith in society have been thought of and debated throughout the Victorian obsession with antiquity.
Looking at Victorian paintings, Goldhill demonstrates how hope and sexuality, rather anxieties approximately male hope, have been represented and communicated via classical imagery. Probing into operas of the interval, Goldhill addresses rules of citizenship, nationalism, and cultural politics. and during fiction--specifically nineteenth-century novels in regards to the Roman Empire--he discusses faith and the fierce battles over the church as Christianity started to lose dominance over the revolutionary stance of Victorian technology and research. Rediscovering a few nice forgotten works and reframing a few extra favourite ones, the publication deals striking insights into how the Victorian feel of antiquity and our feel of the Victorians got here into being.
With a variety of examples and tales, Victorian tradition and Classical Antiquity demonstrates how curiosity within the classical previous formed nineteenth-century self-expression, giving antiquity a different position in Victorian tradition.
By Ian Fletcher
The storming of Badajoz used to be an epic motion which concerned WellingtonвЂ™s infantry in the most savage hand-to hand battling of the total Peninsular battle. At appalling fee in a nightmare attack through the evening of the 6 April 1812, WellingtonвЂ™s infantrymen hacked their excess of the our bodies in their useless and wounded and during the massive medieval partitions of town. those have been held with nice tenacity, ability and braveness through a resolute French and German garrison. Having stormed town the battle-crazed military went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which undefined, up to the chic braveness of the attackers, have handed into legend.