First published in 1986, The Transformation of Britain, 1830-1939 delves into the significant changes that occurred across the landscape and society of Britain during this prominent age of reform and innovation.
The book traces the rapid increase in the pace and scale of change across Britain, and explores the key developments that occurred. It examines the changes in population as more people moved towards towns and cities; the growth in industry and trade and the resultant demand for methods of communication and transport; and the technological advancements in all areas of life. It highlights the impact that these changes left on the landscape of Britain, such as through the building of roads and railways, as well as on Britain's social structure. It also considers the extent to which this crucial period shaped the successes and problems of modern Britain.
The Transformation of Britain, 1830-1939 will appeal to those with an interest in the social and industrial history of Britain.
G. E. Mingay
1: The urban explosion; 2: The industrial age; 3: The railway age; 4: Workshop of the world; 5: The Victorian countryside; 6: Poverty and wealth; 7: The age of reform; 8: The old world dissolved; Further reading; Index