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Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Reality of a Fashionable Disorder

by Heather R Beatty

This study, based on extensive use of eighteenth-century newspapers, hospital registers and case notes, examines the experience of suffering from nervous disease - a supposedly upper-class malady. Beatty concludes...


Vision, Science and Literature, 1870-1920: Ocular Horizons

by Martin Willis

This book explores the Victorian concept of vision across scientific and cultural forms. Willis charts the characterization of vision through four organizing principles - small, large, past and future - to arrive...


Hobbes, the Scriblerians and the History of Philosophy

by Conal Condren

Satire was core to the work of Thomas Hobbes although his critics also used it as a weapon to ridicule him. Condren uses Hobbes as an example to demonstrate that an examination of the persona is needed to advance...


Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe

by Cesare Cuttica & Glenn Burgess

The 14 essays in this volume look at both the theory and practice of monarchical governments from the Thirty Years War up until the time of the French Revolution. Contributors aim to unravel the constructs of...


Energy, Trade and Finance in Asia: A Political and Economic Analysis

by Justin Dargin & Tai Wei Lim

This study offers a vital reappraisal of the trade relationship between north-east Asia and the Gulf. Writing from a non-western standpoint, Dargin and Lim make a compelling case for how these regions became...


Prostitution and Eighteenth-Century Culture: Sex, Commerce and Morality

by Ann Lewis & Markman Ellis

The eighteenth century saw profound changes in the way prostitution was represented in literary and visual culture. This collection of essays focuses on the variety of ways that the sex trade was represented...


Art and Womanhood in Fin-de-Siecle Writing: The Fiction of Lucas Malet, 1880-1931

by Catherine Delyfer

Lucas Malet is one of a number of forgotten female writers whose work bridges the gap between George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. Malet's writing was intrinsically linked to her passion for art. This is the first...


The Jacobite Campaigns: The British State at War

by Jonathan D Oates

The military aspects of the Jacobite campaigns in eighteenth-century Britain are considered in this study. Taken from the viewpoint of those loyal to the Hanoverian Crown, the three mainland campaigns of 1715-6,...


Financing India's Imperial Railways, 1875-1914

by Stuart Sweeney

The Indian railway network began as a liberal experiment to promote trade and commerce, the distribution of food and military mobility. Sweeney's study focuses on Britain's largest overseas investment project...


Sex in Japan's Globalization, 1870-1930: Prostitutes, Emigration and Nation-Building

by Bill Mihalopoulos

Based on archival research undertaken in Japan, Britain and the United States, Mihalopoulos offers a new perspective on the relations between gender hierarchies and the political economy in a newly modernized...


War and the Militarization of British Army Medicine, 1793-1830

by Catherine Kelly

This study demonstrates the emergence and development of the identity of the 'military medical officer' and places their work within the broader context of changes to British medicine during the first half of...


The Heroic Life of George Gissing, Part I: 1857-1888

by Pierre Coustillas

This ambitious three-volume biography on Gissing examines both his life and writing chronologically and in close detail. Part I covers Gissing's early life up until his establishment as a writer of moderate...


British Engineers and Africa, 1875-1914

by Casper Andersen

Using a wide range of primary sources that include correspondence, diaries, technical reports, institutional minutes and periodicals, Andersen reconstructs the networks and activities of Britain's engineers...


Camille Gutt and Postwar International Finance

by Jean F Crombois

As a businessman, financier, diplomat, minister, and first Managing Director of the IMF, Camille Gutt (1884-1971) was involved in all the important financial negotiations between the 1920s and the 1950s. Using...


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Musical Life

by Jeffrey Green

Green's study is more than a biography of an Anglo-African composer.The first comprehensive study of Coleridge-Taylor's life for almost a century, it reveals how class-ridden Britain could embrace even the most...


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,...


Victorian Settler Narratives: Emigrants, Cosmopolitans and Returnees in Nineteenth-Century Literature

by Tamara S Wagner

This edited collection from a distinguished group of contributors explores a range of topics including literature as imperialist propaganda, the representation of the colonies in British literature, the emergence...


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:...


Mining and the State in Brazilian Development

by Gail D Triner

'Mining and the State' examines the fundamental economic institutional structure of Brazil through the prism of its mineral endowment.