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Dominion: A History of England Volume V - The History of England (Paperback)
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Dominion: A History of England Volume V - The History of England (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 19/09/2019
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Nothing less than an epic history of Christianity and its enduring legacy on the Western mind, Dominion marshals a vast number of arguments, examples and theories to make a compelling case for religion’s centrality to intellectual history. Even in a seemingly godless modern society, Holland asserts, Christian values continue to shape all of our lives.

'Ackroyd makes history accessible to the layman' - Ian Thomson, Independent

The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd's masterful History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, spanning the last years of the Regency to the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.

In it, Ackroyd takes us from the accession of the profligate George IV whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, who was firmly set against reform, to the reign of his brother, William IV, the 'Sailor King', whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery.

But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, aged only eighteen, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress - from steam railways to the first telegram - swept the nation and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851. The emergence of the middle classes changed the shape of society and scientific advances changed the old pieties of the Church of England, and spread secular ideas across the nation. But though intense industrialization brought boom times for the factory owners, the working classes were still subjected to poor housing, long working hours and dire poverty.

It was a time that saw a flowering of great literature, too. As the Georgian era gave way to that of Victoria, readers could delight not only in the work of Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth but also the great nineteenth-century novelists: the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Mrs Gaskell, Thackeray, and, of course, Dickens, whose work has become synonymous with Victorian England.

Nor was Victorian expansionism confined to Britain alone. By the end of Victoria's reign, the Queen was also an Empress and the British Empire dominated much of the globe. And, as Ackroyd shows in this richly populated, vividly told account, Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509881321
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'It is Ackroyd's depiction of an anxious society in the grip of rapid change - industrialisation, fast urbanisation, the impact of the railway and the electric telegraph - that is the most riveting ... fascinating' - The Times

'Ackroyd makes history accessible to the layman' - Ian Thomson, Independent

'Ackroyd is a fascinating mix of a nineteenth-century narrative historian and modern social analyst' - Gerard de Groot, The Times

'Ackroyd's trademark insight and wit, and the glorious interconnectedness of all things, permeate each page' - The Observer

'Ackroyd writes with such lightly worn erudition and a deceptive ease that he never fails to engage' - The Daily Telegraph

'A masterful assessment of a period that saw change in every area of life' - History Revealed 

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