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Ebony and Scarlet: Poems of the Anglo-Zulu War

by Harry Turner

The nineteenth century saw the British army engaged in a series of conflicts around the globe. Iin almost every continent the redcoats of British soldiers seemed to be in perpetual action against enemies of...


The Case of the Chocolate Cream Killer: The Poisonous Passion of Christiana Edmunds

by Kaye Jones

“The trial which terminated yesterday…revealed one of the strangest and most horrible stories possibly ever told in a court of justice.” (Morning Post).

When the news broke in 1871 of a series of mysterious...


Gold Rush in the Klondike: A Woman's Journey in 1898-1899

by Josephine Knowles

When Josephine Knowles left for the Klondike gold fields with her husband in 1898, she didn't know she would be facing a constant battle with cold, disease, malnutrition, and the ever-present possibility of...


Liberty or Death: The French Revolution

by Peter McPhee

The French Revolution has fascinated, perplexed, and inspired for more than two centuries. It was a seismic event that radically transformed France and launched shock waves across the world. In this provocative...


Darwin's Theory of Evolution

by 50MINUTES.Com

After setting sail aboard the Beagle to carry out a scientific expedition, Charles Darwin made some surprising discoveries: using the example of finches on the Galapagos Islands, he concluded that each of the...


The Battle of Austerlitz

by 50MINUTES.Com

On the night of 1st December 1805, the armies of the French Emperor Napoleon I, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Francis II, and the Russian Tsar Alexander I, positioned themselves on the plains of Austerlitz,...


The Battle of Waterloo

by 50MINUTES.Com

At 11:15am on 18th June 1815, Napoleon I launched the assault at Waterloo. The stakes were high. Despite managing to defeat the British, the Dutch and Prussians also arrived to fight against the Emperor, who...


Conquest of Mind: Phrenology and Victorian Social Thought

by David de Giustino

First published in 1975. This study examines one of the popular scientific philosophies of the nineteenth-century. The first part deals with the reception and diffusion of phrenology in Britain, its usefulness...


An Artisan Elite in Victorian Society: Kentish London 1840-1880

by Geoffrey Crossick

First published in 1978. Mid-Victorian Britain was relatively stable in comparison with the turbulent period that preceded it, and that stability is in part explained by the emergence of an artisan elite with...


The Workhouse System 1834-1929: The History of an English Social Institution

by M. A. Crowther

First published in 1981. Professor Crowther traces the history of the workhouse system from the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 to the Local Government Act of 1929.

At their outset the large residential institutions...


Chartist Fiction: Volume One

by Ian Haywood

First published in 1999. For the first time since their appearance in Chartist newspapers these two major radical narratives are reprinted in a single volume. The Political Pilgrim's Progress combines Utopian...


The Victorian Church in Decline: Archbishop Tait and the Church of England 1868-1882

by Peter T. Marsh

First published in 1969, this book studies the years of decline in the Victorian Church between 1868 and 1882. It centres on the Archbishop Tait, who was paradoxically the most powerful Archbishop of Canterbury...


Lord and Peasant in Nineteenth Century Britain

by Dennis R. Mills

First published in 1980, this book looks at the social structure of 18th and 19th century rural Britain. It is particularly concerned with the relationship of landlord and peasant in the rural village and examines...


Instrumental Teaching in Nineteenth-Century Britain

by David Golby

First published in 2004, this book demonstrates that while Britain produced many fewer instrumental virtuosi than its foreign neighbours, there developed a more serious and widespread interest in the cultivation...


Class and Ideology in the Nineteenth Century

by R. S. Neale

First published in 1972, this collection of essays by R. S. Neale focuses on authority, and the responses and challenges to it made by men and women throughout the nineteenth century. Employing a more sociologically-minded...


The Victorian Working Class: Selections from Letters to the Morning Chronicle

by P. E. Razzell & R. W. Wainwright

In 1849, the Morning Chronicle, a leading Victorian newspaper, embarked on a social investigation of working class life in England and Wales. Set in the immediate context of concern over Chartism and the cholera...


Conflict and Compromise: Class Formation in English Society 1830-1914

by Dennis Smith

First published in 1982, this study explores the dynamics of class formation during the vital decades between 1830 and 1914, when a rising urban industrial order was developing in complex interdependence with...


Victorian Oxford

by W R. Ward

First published in 1965, this book explores Oxford in the Victorian period, providing accounts of the development in the constitutional organisation of the city and the political standing and the studies of...


Henry Irving: A Re-Evaluation of the Pre-Eminent Victorian Actor-Manager

by Richard Foulkes

Henry Irving (1838-1905), the first actor to be knighted, dominated the theatre in Britain and beyond for over a quarter of a century. As an actor, he was strikingly different with his idiosyncratic pronunciation,...


Working-class Stories of the 1890s

by P. J. Keating

First published in 1971, this collection of short stories, set in the East End of London in the 1890s, offers a corrective to the view of nineties' literature as dominated by aestheticism, and shows how many...