The Great Exhibition, 1851

A sourcebook

Edited by Jonathon Shears

The Great Exhibition, 1851


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9913-7
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: May 2017
  • BIC Category: Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, The arts / History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900, Cultural Studies, Social & cultural history, Modernism, History of art, History & Archaeology, European history, c 1500 onwards to present day, HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, HISTORY / Social History, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), DESIGN / History & Criticism, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Society & social sciences / Social classes, Humanities / Social & cultural history
  • Series: Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century


The Great Exhibition, 1851 is the first anthology of its kind. It presents a comprehensive array of carefully selected primary documents, sourced from the period before, during and after the Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851. Drawing on contemporary newspapers and periodicals, the archives of the Royal Commission, diaries, journals, celebratory poems and essays, the book provides an unparalleled resource for teachers and students of the Exhibition and a starting point for researchers new to the subject. Subdivided into six chapters - 'Origins and organisation', 'Display', 'Nation, empire and ethnicity', 'Gender', 'Class' and 'Afterlives' - it represents the current scholarly debates about the Exhibition, orientating readers with helpful, critically informed introductions. What was the Great Exhibition and what did it mean? Readers of The Great Exhibition, 1851 will take great pleasure in finding out.


1 Origins and organisation
2 Display
3 Nation, empire and ethnicity
4 Gender
5 Class
6 Afterlives


Jonathon Shears is Senior Lecturer in English at Keele University

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