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

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Macmillan, Jan 27, 2015 - History - 752 pages
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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? 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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User Review  - nessreader - LibraryThing

Uglow is a fantastic mass market historian, and her book on Gaskell is one of the best biographies I've ever read; her book on Hogarth I recommend immensely, but.. This, about the Napoleonic home ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

An enjoyable book. Uglow has created a firm chronological frame for covering the Napoleonic period. It is well illustrated by using a lot of printed cartoons by James Gillray, a forerunner of ... Read full review

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Jenny Uglow's books include prizewinning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Hogarth.The Lunar Men (FSG, 2002) was described by Richard Holmes as “an extraordinarily gripping account,” whileNature's Engraver won the National Arts Writers Award for 2007. A Gambling Man (FSG, 2009) was short-listed for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Uglow grew up in Cumbria and now lives in Canterbury, England.

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