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First published as part of the Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, this Very Short Introduction is no. 23 in the Very Short Introductions series, and is the ninth in the Very Short Introductions: British History series.

First published as part of the best-selling Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Christopher Harvie and H.C.G. Matthew's Very Short Introduction to nineteenth-century Britains a sharp but subtle account of a remarkable economic and social change - and an even more remarkable political stability. Britain in 1789 was overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and almost half Celtic. By 1914, when it faced its greatest test since the defeat of Napoleon, it was largely urban and English. Christopher Harvie and H.C.G. Matthew show the forces behind Britain's rise to its imperial zenith, and the continuing tensions within the nations and classes of the 'union state'.

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