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Penny Loaves And Butter Cheap: Britain In 1846

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A kaleidoscopic picture of Britain in 1846, a nation on the brink of economic and social change as the Industrial Revolution deepened its impact.

1846 was a pivotal moment in British history. This was the year in which Parliament repealed the Corn Laws, chipping away at the power of landowners and ushering in an age of free trade.

It was also a time of social tension: chil
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published February 27th 2014 by Head of Zeus
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Susan Bradley
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable. I read this book at a slow pace devouring every morsel of information. Couldn't wait to pick it up and read every opportunity I got. It was a real privilege to find such a splendid author explain the significance of this most important time in Britain's history. Packed with goodies I never knew before. ...more
Stephen
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Britain in 1846 shared many of the issues that face the UK today. In 1846, the key political question surrounded trade policy and whether or not Britain should embrace the global economy. Society was riven with deep inequality as the benefits of industrialisation failed to be shared around. Politics was influenced by events in Ireland, a matter that still casts a shadow today. The ruling Conservative Party was deeply split over the question of trade and the Prime Minister of the day, Peel, could ...more
Mark
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title says, this book is about Britain in 1846, back when Britain referred to the entirety of the British Isles, rather than just being the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island.
The activity level of a population 1/3 what it is today is remarkable, viewed from this distance in time.

With natural disaster close at hand - the Irish Famine - and political turmoil between free traders and protectionists - the repeal of the Corn Laws - this book has a lot to cover. And that is pos
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Stephen Goldenberg
A very readable piece of popular history highlighting a key period in English history when many of the changes which we're taking place presaged our modern political and economic system. Most of it concentrates on the key role of Sir Robert Peel. One thing that hasn't changed is that self-interest seems the rule for most politicians. Also, if you don't know much about it, it's a horrific insight into the heartless attitudes at the time to the Irish potato famine and explains a lot about Irish at ...more
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