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Medieval Texts

The Rebellion Quartet

Reconsidering Chartism: print and Kindle versions

The Rebellion Trilogy: print and Kindle versions

Nineteenth Century British Society 




Women in Society

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 Rebellion in Canada

Settler Australia, 1780-1880

Kindle version

Social History


Anonymous said...

Struggling to find Resistance and Rebellion in the British Empire 1600-1980. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Richard Brown said...

It's a bit of a pain but Amazon UK has the book on its site but unavailable. Your best bet is to email Susan England at Clio Publishing and specifying your requirements. You can also message Clio Publishing on their Facebook.

Sue Taylor said...

Your blogs give such a clear framework -thank you! Can I ask you to advise me? I need to look at middle class description and critique of the habits and condition of the poor eg friendly visitors. I want to compare 19th c moralisation with today's. But I can't find any primary sources. Can you help? Many thanks - and for your blogs, Sue

Richard Brown said...


You will find the Poor Law Report 1834 a good starting-point for the 'official' view of the poor, though it is a highly selective source. For the 1850s see Mayhew, Henry, London Labour and the London Poor, 4 Vols. (Griffin, Bohn, and Company), 1861-1862, and Thompson, E. P., and Yeo, E., (eds.), The Unknown Mayhew: Selections from the Morning Chronicle 1849-50, (Penguin), 1971, provide evidence for the 1850s and should be used in conjunction with Mayhew, Henry, The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor, 1849-50, 6 Vols. (Caliban), 1980. Humpherys, Anne, Travels into the Poor Man’s Country: The Work of Henry Mayhew, (University of Georgia Press), 1977, is a valuable study. For the 1880s and 1890s, Booth, Charles, Life and Labour of the People in London, 17 Vols. (Macmillan), 1889-1903. Norman-Butler, Belinda, Victorian Aspirations: the Life and Labour of Charles and Mary Booth, (Allen and Unwin), 1972, and Simey, T. S., and M. B., Charles Booth: Social Scientist, (Liverpool University Press), 1960, are sound biographies and Fried, A., and Elman, R., (eds.), Charles Booth’s London: a Portrait of the Poor at the Turn of the Century. Drawn from His ‘Life and Labour of the People in London’, (Harmondsworth), 1969, a useful collection of sources. O’Day, Rosemary, and Englander, David, Mr Charles Booth’s Inquiry: Life and Labour of the People in London Reconsidered, (Hambledon), 1993, Gillie, Alan, ‘Identifying the poor in the 1870s and 1880s’, Economic History Review, Vol. 61, (2008), pp. 302-325, and Spicker, P., ‘Charles Booth: the examination of poverty’, Social Policy and Administration, Vol. 24, (1990), pp. 21-38, examine Booth’s ideas. Rowntree, Seebohm, Poverty: a study of town life, (Macmillan), 1899, 2nd edition, (Macmillan), 1901. On Rowntree see, Bradshaw, Jonathan, and Sainsbury, Roy, (eds.), Getting the measure of poverty: the early legacy of Seebohm Rowntree, (Ashgate), 2000, and Briggs, Asa, Social Thought and Social Action: A study of the work of Seebohm Rowntree, 1871-1954, (Longman), 1961. On the state and morality, the best starting point is Walkowitz, Judith, Prostitution and Victorian Society: Women, Class and the State, (Cambridge University Press), 1980, and MacHugh, Paul, Prostitution and Victorian Social Reform, (Croom Helm), 1980, deal specifically with the debate on the Contagious Diseases Acts. Bartley, Paula, Prostitution: prevention and reform in England, 1860-1914, (Routledge), 2000, and ibid, Mort, Frank, Dangerous Sexualities: Medico-moral politics in England since 1830, pp. 54-73 provide valuable background. Fisher, Trevor, Prostitution and the Victorians, (Alan Sutton), 1997 is a useful collection of sources. See also,Roberts, M. J. D., Making English morals: voluntary association and moral reform in England, 1787-1886, (Cambridge University Press), 2004 and Hunt, Alan, Governing morals: a social history of moral regulation, (Cambridge University Press), 1999. I hope this helps.

If I can be of any further help, let me know.