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The Regency years : during which Jane Austen writes, Napoleon fights, Byron makes love, and Britain becomes modern

Title
The Regency years : during which Jane Austen writes, Napoleon fights, Byron makes love, and Britain becomes modern / Robert Morrison.
ISBN
9780393249057
0393249050
Edition
First edition.
Publication
New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Physical Description
xv, 366 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary
"A surprising history of the era that brought our modern world decisively into view. Though the Victorians are often credited with ushering in our modern era, the seeds were planted in the years before. The Regency (1811- 1820) began when the profligate Prince of Wales replaced his insane father, George III, as Britain's ruler; around the regent surged a society of evangelicalism and hedonism, elegance and brutality, exuberance and despair. The arts showcased extraordinary writers and painters such as Austen, Byron, the Shelleys, Constable, and Turner. Science gave us the steam locomotive and the blueprint for the modern computer. Yet the dark side of the modern era was visible in the poverty, slavery, pornography, opium, and gothic imaginings that birthed Frankenstein. And all the while, the British Empire fought in foreign lands: the Napoleonic Wars in Europe and the War of 1812 in the United States. Exploring these crosscurrents, Robert Morrison illuminates the profound ways this period shaped and indelibly marked the modern world."--Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Jane Austen writes, Napoleon fights, Byron makes love, and Britain becomes modern
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 30, 2019
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-336) and index.
Contents
The Regent and the Regency
Crime, punishment, and the pursuit of freedom
Theaters of entertainment
Sexual pastimes, pleasures, and perversities
Expanding empire and waging war
Changing landscapes and ominous signs
Epilogue
The modern world.
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