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Debt and Slavery in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds

by Gwyn Campbell & Alessandro Stanziani

Filling a significant gap in the historiography, the essays in this volume show that debt slavery has played a crucial role in the economic history of numerous societies which continues even today.


Respectability and the London Poor, 1780-1870: The Value of Virtue

by Lynn MacKay

The population of London soared during the Industrial Revolution and the poorer areas became iconic places of overcrowding and vice. Focusing on the communities of Westminster, MacKay shows that many of the...


Arctic Exploration in the Nineteenth Century: Discovering the Northwest Passage

by Frederic Regard

Focusing on nineteenth-century attempts to locate the northwest passage, the essays in this volume present this quest as a central element of British culture.


A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area

by Anthony Ashbolt

The San Francisco Bay Area was a meeting point for radical politics and counterculture in the 1960s. Until now there has been little understanding of what made political culture here unique. This work explores...


A Political Biography of Thomas Paine

by W A Speck

Speck's biography examines Paine's work afresh, in light of new thinking about the role of religion in the formation of his political ideology, and also places Paine within the recently-developed context of...


Cultures of Radicalism in Britain and Ireland

by John Kirk, Michael Brown & Andrew Noble

This collection of essays addresses the role of literature in radical politics. Topics covered include the legacy of Robert Burns, broadside literature in Munster and radical literature in Wales.


Religious Space in Reformation England: Contesting the Past

by Susan Guinn-Chipman

The dissolution of the monasteries in England during the 1530s began a turbulent period of religious restructuring. Focusing on the counties of Wiltshire and Cheshire, Guinn-Chipman looks at the changing nature...


A Political Biography of Samuel Johnson

by Nicholas Hudson

Johnson rose from obscure origins to become a major literary figure of the eighteenth century. Through a detailed survey of his major works and political journalism, Hudson constructs a complex picture of Johnson...


The Life of George Ranken Askwith, 1861-1942

by Alison Heath

George Ranken Askwith was a key figure in the development of British industrial relations. This new biography is based on a wide range of archival sources including government records, newspaper articles, Askwith's...


The Laudians and the Elizabethan Church: History, Conformity and Religious Identity in Post-Reformation England

by Calvin Lane

Notions of religious conformity in England were redefined during the mid-seventeenth century; for many it was as though the previous century's reformation was being reversed. Lane considers how a select group...


Narratives of Drunkenness: Belgium, 1830-1914

by An Vleugels

Focusing on Belgium from the mid-nineteenth century until the First World War, Vleugels presents a study of the drunkard in society.


Church-State Relations in the Early American Republic, 1787-1846

by James S Kabala

Americans of the Early Republic devoted close attention to the question of what should be the proper relationship between church and state. Kabala examines this debate across six decades and shows that an understanding...


Policing Prostitution, 1856-1886: Deviance, Surveillance and Morality

by CATHERINE LEE

Focusing on the ports, dockyards and garrison towns of Kent, this study examines the social and economic factors that could cause a woman to turn to prostitution, and how such women were policed.


Crime and Community in Reformation Scotland: Negotiating Power in a Burgh Society

by J R D Falconer

Based on church and state records from the burgh of Aberdeen, this study explores the deeper social meaning behind petty crime during the Reformation. Falconer argues that an analysis of both criminal behaviour...


Utilitarianism and the Art School in Nineteenth-Century Britain

by Malcolm Quinn

The mid-nineteenth century saw the introduction of publicly funded art education as an alternative to the established private institutions. Quinn explores the ways in which members of parliament applied Bentham's...


Literacy and Orality in Eighteenth-Century Irish Song

by Julie Henigan

Focusing on several distinct genres of eighteenth-century Irish song, Henigan demonstrates in each case that the interaction between the elite and vernacular, the written and oral, is pervasive and characteristic...


Entrepreneurial Families: Business, Marriage and Life in the Early Nineteenth Century

by Andrew Popp

Entrepreneurship is increasingly being recognized as an important facet of economic history. Popp examines the Shaw family business to present a study of entrepreneurism that puts the family centre stage.


Socialism and Print Culture in America, 1897-1920

by Jason D Martinek

For socialists at the turn of the last century, reading was a radical act. This interdisciplinary study looks at how American socialists used literacy in the struggle against capitalism.


Thomas Dunckerley and English Freemasonry

by Susan Mitchell Sommers

Thomas Dunckerley is a late eighteenth-century icon of British Freemasonry. In one of the first books to provide a scholarly study of English Freemasonry, Sommers uses Dunckerley's case to examine the changeable...


United Islands? The Languages of Resistance

by John Kirk, Andrew Noble & Michael Brown

This is the first title in a new series called Poetry and Song in the Age of Revolution. This series will appeal to those involved in English literary studies, as well as those working in fields of study that...