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This lecture course provides a survey of the social, cultural, economic, and political histories of Britain between roughly 1780 and 1914. It begins at a time of revolution overseas, in America and France, and ends at the dawn of the era of total war. In between, Britain became a modern, liberal state and the world?s preeminent industrial and imperial power. It also had to come to grips with the social maladies of urban, industrial life?crime, disease, unrest, alcoholism. In many ways, this course charts how Britain and its governments tried to find ways to simultaneously preserve economic strength and contain and ameliorate the ?social problem.? The various solutions to this raised questions about the role of the state, which still loom large in Britain and elsewhere. The course also examines several major cultural issues of the period?gender, science, religion, and race. Consequently, lectures are as likely to discuss evolutionary theory, prostitution, germs, and water mains as Queen Victoria, the Boer War, elections, and Charles Dickens.