British Nineteenth Century Society is a series of e-books that seek to explain the major social developments that occurred during the nineteenth and early-twentieth century.
Economy, Population and Transport provides the economic and demographic framework of Victorian society and the context for the other volumes in the series. It explores why Britain had become a heavily industrialised and urbanised society as a result of revolutions in the economy that began early in the eighteenth century and the nature of those changes. It examines how and why population increased considering fertility, mortality and migration providing case studies of infanticide, how women were represented and Irish migration to Britain. The challenges facing agriculture and industry in the decades after the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the impact of growing foreign competition forms an important feature of the volume. The chapter on communication considers the importance of road, water and rail as means of economic and social communication in a society in which horse-drawn transport, personified by the ‘man on the Clapham omnibus’, the ubiquitous commuter retained an important place. The book ends with a chapter that reviews the end of the nineteenth century.
The book is available from Kindle stores on Amazon worldwide. In the UK it’s available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Economy-Population-Transport-Nineteenth-ebook/dp/B005NZKZ8O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1316508954&sr=1-1