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In These Times : Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815
by Jenny Uglow


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A beautifully observed history of the British home front during the Napoleonic Wars by a celebrated historian
We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic Wars but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank, a Scottish mountain?  Read more...


 
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Overview

A beautifully observed history of the British home front during the Napoleonic Wars by a celebrated historian
We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic Wars but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank, a Scottish mountain? The aristocrats and paupers, old and young, butchers and bakers and candlestick makers how did the war touch their lives?
Jenny Uglow, the prizewinning author of "The Lunar Men" and "Nature's Engraver," follows the gripping back-and-forth of the first global war but turns the news upside down, seeing how it reached the people. Illustrated by the satires of Gillray and Rowlandson and the paintings of Turner and Constable, and combining the familiar voices of Austen, Wordsworth, Scott, and Byron with others lost in the crowd, "In These Times" delves into the archives to tell the moving story of how people lived and loved and sang and wrote, struggling through hard times and opening new horizons that would change their country for a century."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780374280901
  • ISBN-10: 0374280908
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 752
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 4.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds


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Books > History > Military - Napoleonic Wars
Books > History > Europe - Great Britain - General
Books > History > Social History

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

In a book with many components and little center, British historian Uglow (The Pinecone) sketches what it was like to be in Great Britain in the years of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. Her theme, delivered with deft strokes, is how the wars affected “the lives of people in Britain, not those who fought, but those at home looking on, waiting, working, watching.” She’s as comprehensive as possible, covering gentry and working people, farmers and sailors, women and men, war prisoners and bankers. It’s a large canvas, always alive; its subjects—in snippet chapters—are skillfully portrayed. Uglow never intrudes on her large cast of characters, letting their own words and deeds bring them to life. But there is no analysis, point of view, or firm place to stand. It’s a vast portrait of a painful British era, both good history and a diverting story, but Uglow never brings it all together. Illus. Agent: Melanie Jackson Agency (U.K.). (Feb.)

 
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