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Nineteenth-Century Britain: Integration and Diversity. The Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford 1986-1987

Keith Robbins


This is a study of two conflicting trends in nineteenth-century Britain: the promotion of integration and unity, and the commitment to preserve regional diversity. In the nineteenth century, communications between different parts of Britain improved enormously, through the spread of railways, the penny post, newspapers, and increased affluence which enabled more people to take holidays; but this did not necessarily lead to uniformity. The Scots and the Welsh in particular were concerned to retain their own ‘nationality’ and culture, yet in ways which would not lead to political separation. The ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century Britain, integration, unity, regional diversity, communications, railways, penny post, newspapers, affluence, holidays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205852
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Robbins, author
University of Wales, Lampeter