Mary Butler, domesticity, housewifery and identity in Ireland, 1899-1912

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This engaging book provides a gateway to larger themes in modern British history through a set of fascinating portraits of individuals that explore important events and movements from the perspective of the people involved. Political developments are illuminated through chapters on John Locke, Charles Townshend, popular radicalism, and Margaret Thatcher. Religion and education are considered through essays on evangelicalism, the Oxford Movement, Charles Bradlaugh, and Sir James Kay Shuttleworth. Industrial and imperial questions are explored through pieces on the Great Exhibition, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and post-colonial Nigeria. National identity and wartime experience come to life in the lives of G. K. Chesterton and of Barbara Nixon, an Airraid Warden during the Blitz. Many of the chapters examine the experiences of women, including single women in early modern England, suffragettes, and Irish nationalist Mary Butler. As a rich and humanized approach to history, this book offers readers a deeper understanding of key facets of British life in the early modern and modern periods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Human Tradition in Modern Britain
EditorsC. J. Litzenberger, Eileen Groth Lyon
Place of PublicationLanham
PublisherRowman and Littlefield
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-0-7425-3734-7
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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