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Dominion: The History of England from the Battle of Waterloo to Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

History of England Band 5

Peter Ackroyd

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"Ackroyd, as always, is well worth the read." -Kirkus, starred review

Dominion, the fifth volume of Peter Ackroyd's masterful History of England, begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to a post-war depression and ends with the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.

Spanning the end of the Regency, Ackroyd takes readers from the accession of the profligate George IV whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, whose face was set against reform, to the 'Sailor King' William IV whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery.

But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, at only eighteen years old, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress-from steam railways to the first telegram-swept the nation and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851. The emergence of the middle-classes changed the shape of society and scientific advances changed the old pieties of the Church of England, and spread secular ideas among the population. Though intense industrialization brought booming times for the factory owners, the working classes were still subjected to poor housing, long work hours, and dire poverty. Yet by the end of Victoria's reign, the British Empire dominated much of the globe, and Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.

Peter Ackroyd


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 400
Erscheinungsdatum 09.10.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-250-00365-2
Verlag Thomas Dunne Books
Maße (L/B/H) 24,4/16,7/4 cm
Gewicht 649 g

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  • 1. Malign spirits 1
    2. The Thing 11
    3. Eternity work 26
    4. A queasy world 36
    5. The door of change 47
    6. False hope 56
    7. The Inspector 71
    8. Steam and speed 77
    9. The pig is killed 87
    10. Young hopefulness 103
    11. City lights 127
    12. Charitable government 139
    13. The salamander 152
    14. A most gorgeous sight 167
    15. Blood lust 173
    16. A dark world 204
    17. Quite the fashion 215
    18. The game cock 226
    19. The unexpected revolution 236
    20. She cannot go on 258
    21. The Tichborne affair 21
    22. The Angel 275
    23. The Empress 285
    24. This Depression 300
    25. Frightful news 309
    26. Daddy-Long-Legs 321
    27. Lost illusions 336
    28. The terrible childbed 342

    Bibliography 355
    Index 367