The age of improvement, 1783-1867


The age of improvement, 1783-1867

Asa Briggs

(A history of England)(The silver library)

Longman, 2000

2nd ed

  • : hbk
  • : pbk

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First edition, 1959

Includes bibliographical references and index



: pbk ISBN 9780582369597


The Age of Improvement has long established itself as a classic of modern historical writing. Widely read and quoted it has had a unique influence on teaching and research. This second edition draws on the great volume of new research - produced by Lord Briggs amongst others, since its original publication. The book stresses both the underlying unity and the rich variety of the age, and raises fundamental issues about a period of crucial change in British history - industrialisation, war, constitutional change and the attitudes of politicians towards it, political development, and, not least, society and culture. In the background are the new economic powers based on the development of a coal and iron technology; in the foreground, new social and political problems and new ways of tackling them. The author also discusses perceptions of, and reactions to, changing circumstances, the influence of religion and science on national life, and changing styles in art and literature. The story ends, not with a full stop but with a question mark. Could improvement be maintained? Could balance and progress continue to be reconciled?


Foreword Introduction: Period and Problems 1. Economy and Society in the 1780s 2. Politics and the Government on the Eve of the French Revolution 3. The Impact of War 4. The Politics of Transition 5. Reform 6. Social Cleavage 7. Britain and the World overseas 8. The Balance of Interests 9. Victorianism 10. The Leap in the Dark

: hbk ISBN 9780582369603


This revised and updated volume covers fundamental issues related to a period of change in British history - industrialization, war, constitutional change, political development, and society and culture.


  • Economy and society in the 1780s
  • politics and government on the eve of the French Revolution
  • the impact of war
  • the politics of transition
  • reform
  • social cleavage
  • Britain and the world overseas
  • the balance of interests
  • Victorianism
  • the leap in the dark.

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