Britain in an Age of Revolution

Field Director: Susan Thorne

I. Thinking about Britain in the Age of Revolutions


Brewer, John. The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the EnglishState, 1688-1783 . New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1989.

Colley, Linda. Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837. New Haven: YaleUniversity Press, 1992.

Gash, Norman. Aristocracy and People: Britain 1815-1865. Cambridge, Mass.: HarvardUniversity Press, 1979.

Hobsbawm, Eric. Age of Revolution 1789-1848. New York: New American Library, 1962.

Mandler, Peter. Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform: Whigs and Liberals, 1830-1852 . New York: OxfordUniversity Press, 1990.

Roy Porter, English Society in the Eighteenth Century. London: Allen Lane, 1982.

________. Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World . London: Penguin, 2001.

Price, Richard. British Society, 1680-1880: Dynamism, Containment and Change. New York: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1999.

Hilton, Boyd, A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?: England, 1783-1846. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006.

Linebaugh, Peter and Marcus Rediker. The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, and Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.

Spadafora, David. The Idea of Progress in Eighteenth-Century Britain. New Haven: Yale university Press, 1990.


Bebbington, D.W. Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989.

Bebbington, Noll and Rawlyk. Evangelicalism: Comparative Studies of Popular Protestantism in North America the British Isles, and Beyond, 1700-1990 . New York: OxfordUniversity Press, 1994.

Carwardine, Richard. Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicalism in Britain and America, 1790-1865 . Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1978.

Dirchfield, G.M. The Evangelical Revival. London: UCL Press, 1998.

Gunson, Neil. Messengers of Grace: Evangelical Missionaries in the South Seas, 1797-1860 . Melbourne: OxfordUniversity Press, 1978.

Harrison, J.F.C. The Second Coming: Popular Millenarianism 1780-1850. New Brunswick, N.J.: RutgersUniversity Press, 1979.

Hempton, David. Methodism and Politics in British Society 1750-1850. Stanford: StanfordUniversity Press, 1984.

Hilton, Boyd. The Age of Atonement: The Influence of Evangelicalism on Social and Economic Thought, 1795-1865. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 1988.

Knight, Frances. The Nineteenth-CenturyChurch and English Society. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1998.

Lovegrove, Deryk W., Established Church, Sectarian People: Itinerancy and the Transformation of English Dissent, 1780-1830. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1988.

Oliver, W.H. Prophets and Millennialists: The uses of Biblical Prophecy in England from the 1790s to the 1840s . Auckland: AucklandUniversity Press, 1978.

Piggin, Stuart. Making Evangelical Missionaries, 1789-1858: The Social Background, Motives and Training of British Protestant Missionaries to India . Abingdon: Sutton Courtenay Press, 1984)

Schlossberg, Herbert. The Silent Revolution and the Making of Victorian England. Columbus: OhioStateUniversity Press, 2000.

Semmel, Bernard. The Methodist Revolution. New York: Basic Books, 1973.

Smith, Mark. Religion in Industrial Society: Oldham and Saddleworth, 1740-1865. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 1994)

Thorne, Susan Congregational Missions and the Making of an Imperial Culture in 19th-Century England. Stanford: StanfordUniversity Press, 1999.

Valenze, Deborah M. Prophetic Sons and Daughters: Female Preaching and Popular Religion in Industrial England . Princeton: PrincetonUniversity Press, 1985.

Watts, Michael R. The Dissenters: The Expansion of Evangelical Nonconformity. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 1995.


Anderson, Perry. English Questions. New York: Verso, 1992

Clark, Anna. The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995.

Colls, Robert. The Pitmen of the Northern Coalfield: Work, Culture, and Protest 1790-1850. Manchester: ManchesterUniversity Press, 1989.

Davidoff, Leonore and Catherine Hall, Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Epstein, James A. Radical Expression: Political Language, Ritual, and Symbol in England, 1790-1850. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 1994.

Jones, Gareth Stedman. Languages of Class: Studies in English Working Class History, 1832-1982 . Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1983.

Koditschek, Theodore. Class Formation and Urban Industrial Society: Bradford, 1750-1850. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1990.

Langford, Paul. A Polite and Commercial People. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989.

McWilliam, Rohan. Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century England. New York: Routledge, 1998.

E.P. Thompson. The Making of the English Working Class. New York: Pantheon, 1963.

Wahrman, Dror. Imagining the Middle Class: The Political Representation of Class in Britain, 1780-1840. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1995.


Blackburn, Robin. The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800 . New York: Verso, 1998.

______________. The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, 1776-1848. New York: Verso, 1988.

Holt, Thomas, The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938. 1992.

Lorimer, Douglas, Colour, Class and the Victorians: English attitudes to the Negro in the mid-nineteenth century . Leicester: LeicesterUniversity Press, 1978.

Rich, Paul B. Race and Empire in British Politics. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity, 1986.

Turner, Mary. The Disintegration of Jamaican Slave Society, 1787-1834. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1982


Caine, Barbara. Victorian Feminists. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 1992.

Melman, Billie. Women’s Orient: English Women and the Middle East, 1718-1918. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1992.

Midgley, Claire. Women Against Slavery: The British Campaigns, 1780-1870. New York: Routledge, 1992.

Rose, Sonya O. Limited Livelihoods: Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century England. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1992.

Sinha, Mrinalini. Colonial Masculinity: ‘The Manly Englishman’ and the ‘Effeminate Bengali’ in the Late Nineteenth Century . Manchester: ManchesterUniversity Press, 1995.

Steedman, Carolyn. Landscape for a Good Woman New Brunswick, N.J.: RutgersUniversity Press, 1987.

Ware, Vron. Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History. London and New York: Verso, 1992.

II. Thinking about the British Empire in the Age of Revolutions and Beyond

Armitage, David. The Ideological Origins of the British Empire. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 2000.

Bayly, C. A. Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World, 1780-1830 . New York: Lomgman, 1989.

Burton, Antoinette. Burdens of History: British Feminists, Indian Women, and Imperial Culture, 1865-1915 . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

Cain, P. C. and A. G. Hopkins, British Imperialism: Innovation and Expansion, 1688-1914. New York: Longman, 1993.

Cain, P. C. and A. G. Hopkins, British Imperialism: Crisis and Deconstruction, 1914-1990. New York: Longman, 1993.

Cannadine, David. Ornamentalism: How the British saw their Empire. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press. 2001.

Canny, Nicholas. Making Ireland British, 1580-1650. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 2001.

Cooper, Frederick, and Ann Laura Stoler, ed. Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Dumett, Raymond, ed. Gentlemanly Capitalism and British Imperialism: The New Debate on Empire . New York: Longman, 1999.

Gallagher, John. The Decline, Revival, and Fall of the British Empire: The Ford Lectures and Other Essays , ed. Anil Seal. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1982.

Gallagher, John and Ronald Robinson with Alice Denny. Africa and the Victorians: The Official Mind of Imperialism. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1961.

Hyam, Ronald. Britain’s Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A Study of Empire and Expansion . New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Hall, Catherine. Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830- 1867. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Hobsbawm, Eric. Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1968.

Hobsbawm, Eric and Terence Ranger eds. The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1983.

Louis, Wm. Roger, ed. The Oxford History of the British Empire. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 1998-1999.

Porter, Bernard. The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society, and Culture in Britain. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 2004.

Porter, Bernard. The Lion’s Share: A Short History of British Imperialism. London and New York: Longman, 1976.

Seeley, J.R. The Expansion of England, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971.

Semmel, Bernard. The Rise of Free Trade Imperialism. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1970.

MacKenzie, John M. Propaganda and Empire: The Manipulation of British Public Opinion, 1880-1960. Manchester: ManchesterUniversity Press, 1984.

Parsons, Timothy. The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective. Lanham, Md: Rowan & Littlefield, 199.

Wilson, Kathleen. The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture, and Imperialism in England, 1715-1785. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1995.

III. Cornwall and Empire

Deacon, Bernard. A Concise History of Cornwall . Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2007.

Payton, Philip. The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall’s “Great Emigration.” Fowey: Cornwall Editions, 2005.

Payton, Philip. Making Moonta: The Invention of Australia’s Little Cornwall . Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2007.

Rowe, John. Cornwall in the Age of the Industrial Revolution. Liverpool: University Press, 1953.

Stoyle, Mark. West Britons: Cornish Identities in the Early ModernState. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2002.