200 Years and Beyond: The Changing Social, Economics and the Politics of Britain and America since the Industrial Revolution

$195.00

Maurice Mullard

Series: Political Science and History
Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

BISAC: POL058000; POL040000

This book examines the changing social political and economics landscapes that continue to shape and define the Britain and America that we know today. The industrial Revolution was defined by technology in cotton spinning, in the building of canals, railways and telegraphy. The intensity of economic change meant changes in social and political expectations from the Chartists seeking to widen the franchise in Britain to Civil War and slavery in America. Social progress ebbs and flows; nothing in history is linear. Strikes were won and lost. Coxey’s army marched to show the plight of unemployment as many others would do during the Depression of the 1930s. America had the New Deal and Britain provided social forms of protection to deal with unemployment.

The 1950s to 1970s are described as the years of calm waters of fully employment continuing prosperity people buying their first cars their first homes and domestic appliances.

Stagflation became the problem for the 1980s of dealing with inflation and revisiting unemployment to new prosperity of the 1990s and the financial meltdown of 2008.

People in 2020 have different lived experiences to those of 1820. Yet life in 2020 brings new but different challenges to 1820.

The books is aimed at students of history of economics of social change and politics.

It is however also aimed at a wider readership as it tries to tell 200 years of history as a journey that continues to shape both countries.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1. The Politics and the Economics

Chapter 2. The Industrial Revolution in Britain

Chapter 3. Economics and Politics in 19th Century America

Chapter 4. Politics of Resistance in the 19th Century

Chapter 5. Britain: The Inter War Years

Chapter 6. The Progressive Era in the United States

Chapter 7. Britain and the Post-War Settlement

Chapter 8. Politics and Economics: The United States in the Post War

Chapter 9. Breaking with the Past: From The Thatcher Revolution to New Labour New Thinking

Chapter 10. Conclusions

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This book is a concise historical insight into how the British economy developed and expanded from the Industrial revolution to date. Maurice also manages to portray the important political decisions mentioned in his book and illustrate the importance of such decisions on British society and the economy. It is an exquisite joy to read, and provides the reader with so much knowledge.
Mark Attard Montalto B.A. LL.D., M.Jur (Eur.Law)

There is a tendency among historians to downplay the role that economics play in historical events and their evolution. Yet, economic factors have been the catalyst sustaining revolutions. This study by Professor Mullard is, therefore, of huge importance because it demonstrates the interlink between economics and politics as it traces British and American history since the Industrial Revolution.
Godfrey A. Pirotta
Professor of Government and Policy Studies
Chairperson Mediterranean Diplomatic Academy
University of Malta
Malta

I have now had a chance to read through a couple of the chapters, Chapter 2 The Industrial Revolution in Britain and Chapter 3 Economics and Politics in 19th Century America. There is some really interesting material here, great breadth and the individual stories are compelling. The material in the chapters is very broad…covering a huge range which is very impressive

Professor Andrew Gamble
Professor of Politics University of Sheffield
Professor Emeritus University of Cambridge

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