This volume examines the nineteenth century not only through episodes, institutions, sites and representations concerned with union, concord and bonds of sympathy, but also through moments of secession, separation, discord and disjunction. Its lens extends from the local and regional, through to national and international settings in Britain, Europe and the United States. The contributors come from the fields of cultural history, literary studies, American studies and legal history.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 JAMES GREGORY AND DANIEL J.R. GREY
PART I Representing union and disunion in art
1 To ‘purchase union thus cheaply’: the controversial statue of an Irish Archbishop in the United Kingdom’s Houses of Parliament JAMES E.H. FORD
2 Leave or remain? Antidisestablishmentarianism in Margaret Oliphant’s Salem Chapel MARGARET MARKWICK
PART II Union and disunion in Europe
3 Popular efforts to forge union: the English visit to Paris in April 1849 JAMES GREGORY
4 Rose Blaze de Bury and the ‘unfeminine’ German and European politics of disunity RACHEL EGLOFF
Part III The politics of union and disunion in Great Britain
5 Scottish political leadership and Anglo-Scottish union in the long nineteenth century GORDON PENTLAND
6 An ‘lllegal Union of Lawyers, and Writers, and Political Baronets’: the Conservative party and Scottish governance, 1832–1868 GARY D. HUTCHISON
7 Union Street: more than simply a metaphor for the coming together of Plymouth’s Three Towns? KIM STEVENSON AND JUDITH ROWBOTHAM
PART IV Union and disunion in the United States of America
8 The union of enslaved couples during the disunion of the nation: love, discord and separations in US slavery and thereafter EMILY WEST
9 Attempting disunion: Mutable borders and the Mormon experience with the United States, 1846–1858 PEARL T. PONCE
10 The South Carolina jeremiad: reinterpreting John C. Calhoun’s legacy in the 1850s LAWRENCE T. MCDONNELL
PART V Family division and union
11 Family union and the discharge of infanticidal married mothers from Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, 1863–1895 ALISON PEDLEY
12 Unity or disunity? The trials of a Jury in R v John William Anderson: Newcastle Winter Assizes 1875 HELEN RUTHERFORD
13 Establishing the poor law unions under the New Poor Law KAREN ROTHERY
James Gregory is Associate Professor in Modern British History at the University of Plymouth. Among his publications is The Poetry and the Politics: Radical Reform in Victorian England (2014).
Daniel J.R. Grey is Lecturer in World History since 1800 at the University of Plymouth. Among his recent publications is the co-edited collection Judgment in the Victorian Age (Routledge, 2018), with Annika Bautz and James Gregory.