Magazine article History Today

The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Magazine article History Today

The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

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Edward Pearce offers a vivid account of one of the crucial Parliamentary debates of the 19th century in Reform!: The Fight for the Reform Act 1830-1832 (Jonathan Cape, 20[pounds sterling]).

Using case studies from the old Bailey, Joel Peter Eigen explores 'double consciousness' in Unconscious Crime: Henri Absence and Criminal Responsibility in Victorian London (John Hopkins University Press, 29.50 [pounds sterling]) and discusses its impact on modern studies of the human psyche.

Katherine Watson analyses the motives, describes the poisons employed and the nature of surreptitious killers, including Dr Crippen, Harold Shipman and the Victorian murderess, Mary Anne Cotton in Poisoned Lives: English Poisoners and their Victims (Hambledon and London, 19.95 [pounds sterling]).

John Hannavy's The English Seaside in Victorian and Edwardian Times (Shire Books, 9.99 [pounds sterling]) traces the history of holiday souvenirs from the early photographic print to the picture postcard and coloured photograph of the 1890s.

In Fertile Fortune: The Story of Tyntesfield (The National Trust, 19.99 [pounds sterling]) Sotheby's James Miller, shows how the inhabitants of this Victorian country house made their mark on this awe-inspiring example of Gothic architecture.

Cambridge in the 1830s: The Letters of Alexander Chisholm Gooden (Boydell & Brewer 50 [pounds sterling]) edited by Jonathan Stray and Christopher Smith, examines the life and tragic death of a brilliant

Cambridge undergraduate. The book gives a fascinating insight into early-Victorian student life at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Infinite Tropics: An Alfred Russel Wallace Collection (Verso, 14 [pounds sterling]) edited by Andrew Berry, with a foreword by Stephen Jay Gould, looks at the political writings of the great biologist.

Cannabis Britannica: Empire, Trade, and Prohibition 1800-1928 by James Milles (Oxford, 25 [pounds sterling]) is a lively study exploring the historical background of cannabis legislation, arguing that the drive towards prohibition grew out of the politics of empire rather than scientific or rational assessment of the drug's use and effects.

Gillian Cookson's The Cable: The Wire that Changed the World (Tempus, 12.99 [pounds sterling]) describes the processes involved and the dangers encountered when man attempted to lay the world's first transatlantic cable in the mid-Victorian era.

Published in association with the recent television Channel 4 series, Sally Dugan's Men of Iron: Brunel, Stephenson and the inventions that shaped the modern world (Channel 4 Books, 20 [pounds sterling]) focuses on the achievements of Brunel and Stephenson and assesses the legacy of their inventions on the world today, A somewhat more scholarly study edited by Michael R. Bailey, Robert Stephenson--The Eminent Engineer (Ashgate, 55 [pounds sterling]), features articles by railway and engineering experts who examine his achievements as an innovator, politician and visionary.

Douglas R. Nickel's Francis Frith in Egypt and Palestine: A Victorian Photographer Abroad (Princeton University Press, 45 [pounds sterling]) assesses the impact of the Egyptologist's photographs.

Drawings, maps, plans, and engravings accompany David Evans' Building the Steam Navy: Dockyards, Technology, and the Creation of the Victorian Battle Fleet, 1830-1906 (Conway Maritime Press, 30 [pounds sterling]).

Angela Thirlwell narrates the story of the passionate, but ultimately tragic, marriage that brought together two prominent Pre-Raphaelite families in William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis (Yale University Press, 25 [pounds sterling]). …

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