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Book review of S. Broadberry and K. Fukao (eds.), “The Cambridge Economic History of the Modern World: Volume 1, 1700 to 1870”. Cambridge University Press

Book review of S. Broadberry and K. Fukao (eds.), The Cambridge Economic History of the Modern World: Volume 1, 1700 to 1870. Journal of Economic Literature (2022) 60 (2): 648-650. Reviewed by Nuno Palma (University of Manchester; Instituto de Ciências...
From: Economic Growth in History on 5 Aug 2022

The rising menace of inflation – 1800 style.

Inflation is a recurring feature of the economy – and it is easy to forget that rising food prices have been worrying people for centuries. I was interested in Richard Hall’s diary entry for  1801 – or rather, an entry in his ongoing review of ...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 21 Jul 2022

Berners Street Hoax – True or False?

Anyone familiar with the Georgian period will probably have heard of the Berners Street Hoax. So much has been written about this over the centuries that I was unsure as to whether it warranted yet another telling of the story, but as one of my lovely...
From: All Things Georgian on 4 Jul 2022

Collection of ephemera from an album

A collection of original art removed from an album: silhouettes, pressed flowers, a valentine, and drawing. The silhouettes include one of a woman in an academic gown and cap mounted on Art-Union of London ticket for entrance to an event at Theatre Royal,...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 16 Jun 2022

18th century marriage customs

When people marry today, they can choose where they marry, be it a religious building, registry office or even by taking their vows whilst sky diving and anywhere in between, as long as an officiating officer is present. In the Georgian period marriages...
From: All Things Georgian on 16 May 2022

There’s gold in them thar hills – thanks to Johnson Matthey we know how pure it is.

O.K. your starter for ten. Where does the phrase ‘there’s gold in them thar hills’ come from? Answer (allegedly): According to some people, in 1849 from the steps of the Lumpkin County Courthouse, a Dahlonega, Georgia Mint assayer, Dr. M. F. Stephenson,...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 10 Mar 2022

Pancake Day in the early 1800s

Tomorrow is Pancake day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, which may well feel of little consequence in light of the current situation in Ukraine, but I’ll share it anyway. Like so many, my thoughts and prayers are very much with those in Ukraine. For those...
From: All Things Georgian on 28 Feb 2022

To Washington, and the Library of Congress …

The Capitol Building The George Washington Memorial This week I visited Washington, for the first time. Just my luck to find that everything was closed for President’s Day the first day after I arrived. But unlike British Bank Holidays, when it always...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 28 Feb 2022

Georgian Mourning Rings

Thinking about the past couple of years living with the Covid situation and how we remember those we have lost during this time, led me to think about death in the Georgian period and I thought I would take a look at items used at that time as keepsakes...
From: All Things Georgian on 23 Jan 2022

The Meaning of the term ‘Molly’

I’m delighted to welcome back a now familiar guest to All Things Georgian, erAto who is going to tell us more about a term rarely used today – ‘Molly’. Tho’ Briton’s, tis said, were not Mollies of old, Were for dealing of blows,...
From: All Things Georgian on 6 Sep 2021

years ago today: the funeral of Queen Caroline, consort of George IV, 24 August 1821.

The Lewis Walpole site has this mezzotint of what is described as “an exact representation of the depositing the body of her late Majesty Queen Caroline in the family vault at Brunswick, Augt. 24, 1821 : with the Revd. J.W.G. Wolff delivering her funeral...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 24 Aug 2021

Perambulating the Palace gardens – and a few rambling thoughts about gin and Waterloo…

One of the perks about writing is that one occasionally gets an interesting invite to preview days – such as the Press Day at Buckingham Palace last Thursday to link in with the fact that the palace gardens are now open to the public, throughout the...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 12 Jul 2021

Re: Lisa Fagin Davis on Voynich ms (2020-05-08)

That paper is now available via https://repository.upenn.edu/mss_sims/vol5/iss1/6/ viz. https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1082&context=mss_si ms .     Seen thanks to https://twitter.com/FrueheNeuzeit/status/1389361933598568455...
From: Web4Ren Forum (W4RF) on 4 May 2021

Re: Lisa Fagin Davis on Voynich ms (2020-05-08)

That paper is now available via https://repository.upenn.edu/mss_sims/vol5/iss1/6/ viz. https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1082&context=mss_si ms .     Seen thanks to https://twitter.com/FrueheNeuzeit/status/1389361933598568455...
From: Web4Ren Forum (W4RF) on 4 May 2021

A proposal of marriage from 1823

Reading other people’s marriage proposals is somewhat intrusive – I recently came across the one written by my Dad to my Mother  from the early years of the last war, and felt distinctly awkward about reading his declaration of love –...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 2 May 2021

Daylight Saving – and the ingenious Dr Benjamin Franklin

Image courtesy of David Cohen, Unsplash To mark the fact that the clocks changed last night, a look at one of the ideas which triggered the whole question of daylight saving – a letter to the editor of The Journal of Paris dated 1784, from no less...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 28 Mar 2021

Counting heads two centuries ago… making sense of the census.

Today is census day in Britain. Well, most of Britain. Scotland gets a year’s grace because of Covid but for residents in England Wales and Northern Ireland today is the day we count heads. It is interesting to look back at the very first census,...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 21 Mar 2021

All you need to know about Chubb locks – in memory of a lovely person.

Today I heard the sad news that  a friend of mine in Spain, a near-neighbour called Kevin, had been found dead in his home on St Stephen’s Day. It is particularly sad because Kevin had had a really rough time this past year or so, and Christmas...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 27 Dec 2020

All Things Georgian – A Year in Review

Just to let you know,  I’m taking a seasonal break now until Wednesday 13 January 2021, and  would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone seasons greetings and my sincerest wish for you all, that 2021 will be an improvement on...
From: All Things Georgian on 16 Dec 2020

Call of applications for a PhD at the Department of History of the University of Manchester

The PhD candidate will be writing a dissertation in Economic History under the supervision of Professor Philipp Roessner of the Department of History and Dr. Nuno Palma of the Department of Economics. Funding for UK and international students is avaiable...
From: Economic Growth in History on 28 Sep 2020

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