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The Clothing Trade in Provincial England, 1800-1850

by Alison Toplis

This detailed study is the first exploration of rural consumption of clothing in early nineteenth-century Britain. Drawing on evidence from a range of sources including newspapers, trade directories, court records,...


Stays and Body Image in London: The Staymaking Trade, 1680-1810

by Lynn Sorge-English

This book fills a significant gap in the literature on eighteenth-century social and cultural history. Starting with their production and trade, Sorge-English looks at the intricacies of the staymaker's craft,...


Global Trade and Commercial Networks: Eighteenth-Century Diamond Merchants

by Tijl Vanneste

At the heart of this study on cross-cultural trade lies a concrete case-study of a network of diamond merchants operating in the early eighteenth century. All the traders examined in this study are outsiders:...


Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India

by Angma Dey Jhala

Investigating the aesthetics of the zenana - the female quarters of the Indic home or palace - this study discusses the history of architecture, fashion, jewellery and cuisine in princely Indian states during...


The Decline of Jute: Managing Industrial Change

by Jim Tomlinson, Carlo Morelli & Valerie Wright

By looking at the decline of the jute industry, this study assesses the successes and failures of Britain's managed economy. It also addresses broader arguments about the political economy of twentieth-century...


The Life of Madame Necker: Sin, Redemption and the Parisian Salon

by Sonja Boon

Madame Necker occupies a unique position in French social and cultural history. This study breaks new ground by examining the profoundly corporeal nature of Madame Necker's life - her debilitating, decades-long...


Ebenezer Hazard, Jeremy Belknap and the American Revolution

by Russell M Lawson

Ebenezer Hazard - a classicist and natural scientist - became postmaster general in 1782. A prolific letter-writer, his favourite correspondent was Jeremy Belknap, a clergyman and historian. Their letters to...


The Spirit of the Union: Popular Politics in Scotland

by Gordon Pentland

Pentland's study has 3 aims: to place the uprising in a wider context by exploring the modes of extra-parliamentary politics between 1815 and1820 as well as the situation outside Scotland; (ii) to provide the...


Communicating Physics: The Production, Circulation and Appropriation of Ganot's Textbooks in France and England, 1851-1887

by Josep Simon

The textbooks written by Adolphe Ganot played a major role in shaping the way physics was taught in schools. Simon's Franco-British case study looks at the role of two of Ganot's books. The study is novel for...


The Development of the Art Market in England: Money as Muse, 1730-1900

by Thomas M Bayer & John R Page

This book gives a comprehensive account of the history and underlying economics of the modern art market in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.


A Political Biography of William King

by Christopher Fauske

William King (1650-1729) was perhaps the dominant Irish intellect of the period from 1688 until his death in 1729. An Anglican (Church of Ireland) by conversion, King was a strident critic of John Toland and...


The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak

by Ian Hesketh

Hesketh challenges accepted notions of a single scientific approach to history. Instead, he draws on a variety of sources - monographs, lectures, correspondence - from eminent Victorian historians to uncover...


Old Age and Disease in Early Modern Medicine

by Daniel Schaefer

This book takes a thematic look at the historical roots of the debate surrounding old age and disease.


Daniel O'Connell and the Anti-Slavery Movement: 'The Saddest People the Sun Sees'

by Christine Kinealy

Previous histories on O'Connell have dealt predominantly with his attempts to secure a repeal of the 1800 Act of Union and on his success in achieving Catholic Emancipation in 1829, Kinealy focuses instead on...


Middle-Class Writing in Late Medieval London

by Malcolm Richardson

Richardson explores how a powerful culture of writing was created in late medieval London, even though initially few inhabitants could actually write themselves. Whilst previous studies have tended to focus...


London Clerical Workers, 1880-1914: Development of the Labour Market

by Michael Heller

This study is based on a wide range of business sources as well as newspapers, journals, novels and oral history, allowing Heller to put forward a new interpretation of working conditions for London clerks,...


The Religious Culture of Marian England

by David Loades

Loades explores England's religious cultures during the reign of Mary Tudor. He investigates how conflicting traditions of conformity and dissent negotiated the new spiritual, political and legal landscape which...


William Godwin and the Theatre

by David O'Shaughnessy

William Godwin is one of the most important figures of the Romantic period. He wrote four plays at the end of the 18th/beginning of the 19th centuries. This book has two main objectives: to provide the first...


Anglo-Spanish Rivalry in Colonial South-East America, 1650-1725

by Timothy Paul Grady

Often played down in favour of the larger competition for empire between England and France, the influence of the Spanish in English Carolina and the English in Spanish Florida created a rivalry that shaped...


The World of Carolus Clusius: Natural History in the Making, 1550-1610

by Florike Egmond

Egmond's study investigates horticultural techniques, fashions in the collection of rare plants, botanical experimentation and methods of scientific evaluation, as well as tracking the exchange of knowledge....