Asa Briggs: Victorian Trilogy iBooks

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Royal Fireworks Press is proud to have been chosen to produce three seminal works of nineteenth-century social history: Victorian Things, Victorian People, and Victorian Cities, by renowned historian Asa Briggs, Lord Briggs of Lewes (1921-2016). We are delighted to publish these wonderful works as iBooks, a format that has enabled us to include video and a large collection of images and photographs.

Each of these iBooks contains unique, specially recorded video interviews with Lord Briggs, who talks about the inspiration for his work and its significance.

Victorian Things, which is heavily illustrated with new images, covers the timespan of Queen Victoria’s reign. It explores the development and use of domestic and commercial objects, from stamps and needles to bicycles and the electric telegraph. Briggs first published this book in 1988. For ease of downloading, it has been divided into three parts; each part can be ordered separately from iTunes, and each part is economically priced to allow a new generation of readers to experience its brilliance.

Publisher Dr. T.M. Kemnitz says: "Victorian Things is the most original of all of Asa Briggs's works and the one of which he was most proud. It broke new ground in the writing of social history and will stand as one of the very small number of pioneering works in twentieth-century historiography."

Victorian Things, Part I focuses on common collections, Joseph Paxton and the construction of the Crystal Palace, and the use of spectacles and cameras. Victorian Things, Part II covers representations of famous people in ceramics and monuments, as well as on common objects such as pens and matches. The last chapter gives details of the Victorian home, including the use and set-up of each room. Victorian Things, Part III focuses on fashion and advertising, coal mining, and the use of postage stamps.

Victorian People looks at the people, ideas, and events between the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Second Reform Act of 1867, from "John Arthur Roebuck and the Crimean War" and "Samuel Smiles and the Gospel of Work" to "Thomas Hughes and the Public Schools" and "Benjanmin Disraeli and the Leap in the Dark.” It is fully illustrated with cartoons and portaits of the period and includes two video recordings of Asa Briggs speaking from his home in 2014.

Victorian Cities deals with the life, politics, and culture of several very different cities: the English cities of Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham. Middlesbrough, and London, and Melbourne in Australia, which is described as a "Victorian community overseas."

These books are available from Royal Fireworks Press only as iBooks.

Royal Fireworks Press is proud to have been chosen to produce three seminal works of nineteenth-century social history: Victorian Things, Victorian People, and Victorian Cities, by renowned historian Asa Briggs, Lord Briggs of Lewes (1921-2016). We are delighted to publish these wonderful works as iBooks, a format that has enabled us to include video and a large collection of images and photographs.

Each of these iBooks contains unique, specially recorded video interviews with Lord Briggs, who talks about the inspiration for his work and its significance.

Victorian Things, which is heavily illustrated with new images, covers the timespan of Queen Victoria’s reign. It explores the development and use of domestic and commercial objects, from stamps and needles to bicycles and the electric telegraph. Briggs first published this book in 1988. For ease of downloadingit has been divided into three parts; each part can be ordered separately from iTunes, and each part is economically priced to allow a new generation of readers to experience its brilliance.

Publisher Dr. T.M. Kemnitz says, "Victorian Things is the most original of all of Asa Briggs's works and the one of which he was most proud. It broke new ground in the writing of social history and will stand as one of the very small number of pioneering works in twentieth-century historiography."

Victorian Things, Part I focuses on common collections, Joseph Paxton and the construction of the Crystal Palace, and the use of spectacles and cameras. Victorian Things, Part II covers representations of famous people in ceramics and monuments, as well as on common objects such as pens and matches. The last chapter gives details of the Victorian home, including the use and set-up of each room. Victorian Things, Part III focuses on fashion and advertising, coal mining, and the use of postage stamps.

Victorian People looks at the people, ideas, and events between the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Second Reform Act of 1867, from "John Arthur Roebuck and the Crimean War" and "Samuel Smiles and the Gospel of Work" to "Thomas Hughes and the Public Schools" and "Benjanmin Disraeli and the Leap in the Dark.” It is fully illustrated with cartoons and portaits of the period and includes two video recordings of Asa Briggs speaking from his home in 2014.

Victorian Cities deals with the life, politics, and culture of several very different cities: the English cities of Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham. Middlesbrough, and London, and Melbourne in Australia, which is described as a "Victorian community overseas."

These books are available from Royal Fireworks Press only as iBooks.

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Victorian Things, Part I

Author: Briggs, Asa

Subjects: History; Social History; Victorian Period; Exclusive iBook

Latest edition: 2014

iBook price: $7.99

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This is the first of a three-part series on Victorian things by renowned historian Asa Briggs. It focuses on common collections, Joseph Paxton and the construction of the Crystal Palace, and the use of spectacles and cameras.

The introductory video is followed by three chapters. The first chapter, "Things as Emissaries," outlines Briggs's approach to Victoriana and the themes of the book. The second chapter, "The Great Victorian Collection," is about the Great Exhibition of 1851. The final chapter is titled "The Philosophy of the Eye: Spectacles, Cameras, and the New Vision" and describes optical instruments, early photography, and films. An extensive bibliography lists resources for further reading.

Note that this work is only available from Royal Fireworks Press as an iBook. Read the full description of the series to learn more.

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Victorian Things, Part II

Author: Briggs, Asa

Subjects: History; Social History; Victorian Period; Exclusive iBook

Latest edition: 2014

iBook price: $7.99

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This is the second of a three-part series on Victorian things by renowned historian Asa Briggs. It covers representations of famous people in ceramics and monuments, as well as on common objects such as pens and matches. The last chapter gives details of the Victorian home, including the use and set-up of each room.

It begins with an introductory video, which includes an interesting recording of Asa Briggs talking about matches. This is followed by three chapters. The first chapter, "Images of Fame," discusses statues, famous people in ceramics, collectable pottery, and war memorials. The second chapter, "The Wonders of Common Things," is about letter writing, pens, matches, and matchmakers. The last chapter, "Hearth and Home," covers household management, furniture and furnishings, kitchens, stoves, and fireplaces. An extensive bibliography lists resources for further reading.

Note that this work is only available from Royal Fireworks Press as an iBook. Read the full description of the series to learn more.

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Victorian Things, Part III

Author: Briggs, Asa

Subjects: History; Social History; Victorian Period; Exclusive iBook

Latest edition: 2014

iBook price: $7.99

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This is the third of a three-part series on Victorian things by renowned historian Asa Briggs. It focuses on fashion and advertising, coal mining, and the use of postage stamps.

The introductory video is followed by four chapters. The first chapter, "Hats, Caps, and Bonnets," covers fashion and the fashion industry. The second chapter, "Carboniferous Capitalism: Coal, Iron, and Paper," discusses industries, working conditions, and the rise of trade unions. The third chapter is titled "Stamps—Used and Unused" and talks about the development of one of the first Victorian inventions: the postage stamp, and of the postal service. The last chapter, "New Things—And Old," explores things of entertainment and science, from Morse code machines to Bell's telephone, Edison's electricity, the typewriter, and bicycles.

Note that this work is only available from Royal Fireworks Press as an iBook. Read the full description of the series to learn more.

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Victorian People

Author: Briggs, Asa

Subjects: History; Social History; Victorian Period; Exclusive iBook

Latest edition: 2014

iBook price: $24.99

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As one of the works in Asa Briggs’s renowned trilogy of Victorian England, this digital version of Victorian People features new illustrations and photographs and includes newly recorded video interviews with Lord Briggs.

In this volume, Lord Briggs looks at the people, ideas, and events between the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Second Reform Act of 1867, from "John Arthur Roebuck and the Crimean War" and "Samuel Smiles and the Gospel of Work" to "Thomas Hughes and the Public Schools" and "Benjanmin Disraeli and the Leap in the Dark.” It is fully illustrated with cartoons and portaits of the period and includes two video recordings of Asa Briggs speaking from his home in 2014. 

Note that this work is only available from Royal Fireworks Press as an iBook. Read the full description of the series to learn more.

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Victorian Cities

Author: Briggs, Asa

Subjects: History; Social History; Victorian Period; Exclusive iBook

Latest edition: 2014

iBook price: $24.99

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Victorian Cities is widely admired for bringing out important local initiatives in the national story of Victorian Britain. It deals with the life, politics, and culture of several very different cities: the English cities of Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham. Middlesbrough, and London, and Melbourne in Australia, which he describes as a "Victorian community overseas."

This iBook has specially taken photographs and recent video interviews with Lord Briggs at his home in Sussex, in which he talks about writing the original book when he was a professor at the University of Leeds. 

The cities in the Victorian era were noted for their burgeoning civic pride, the development of the railways, and the spreading of suburbia. Public health became an issue, as did the provision of libraries and culture for the working population. Local government versus government from Westminster was a contention in the provinces, and with London’s population expanding from about 2 million to 6.5 million, new forms of governing the city were crucial.

No other historian gives us the breadth and depth—and, at the same time, the human face—of cities.

Note that this work is only available from Royal Fireworks Press as an iBook. Read the full description of the series to learn more.

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