The following bibliography introduces some of the key works on Edwardian culture. We have tried to balance examples of older and more recent scholarship to provide an overview of changing historiographical perspectives. As always, we welcome any suggestions for expansion in the comments below. The books are arranged alphabetically by author.

For online resources, please see below.

Allfrey, Anthony. Edward VII and his Jewish Court, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1991

Ardis, Ann. Modernism and Cultural Conflict, 1880-1922, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Argyle, Gisela. Germany as Model and Monster: Allusions in English Fiction, 1830s-1930, McGill-Queens University Press, 2002.

Arthur, Max. Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 1901-1910 in Their Own Words, London: Harper Perennial, 2007.

Bagwell, Phillip. The Railway Clearing House In The British Economy 1842-1922, London: Allen & Unwin, 1968.

Baldick, Chris. The Social Mission of English Criticism, 1848-1932, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1983.

Bar-Yosef, Eitan and Nadia Valman, eds. ‘The Jew’ in late-Victorian and Edwardian Culture: between the East End and East Africa, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan 2009.

Batchelor, John. The Edwardian Novelists, London: Duckworth and Co., 1982

Beckett, Jane and Deborah Cherry. The Edwardian Era, London: Barbican Art Gallery, 1987.

Berdahl, Daphne. On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Benson, John. The Rise Of Consumer Society In Britain, 1880-1980, London: Longman, 1994.

Boehmer, Elleke. Empire, the National and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920: Resistance in Interaction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Boghardt, Thomas. Spies of the Kaiser: German Covert Operations in Great Britain during the First World War Era, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.

Booth, Michael Richard and Joel H. Kaplan, eds. The Edwardian Theatre: Essays on Performance and the Stage, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Bowe, Nicola Gordon and Elizabeth Cumming. The Arts and Crafts Movement in Dublin and Edinburgh, 1885-1925, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1997.

Bradshaw, David and Rachel Potter, eds. Prudes on the Prowl: Fiction and Obscenity in England, 1850 to the Present Day, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Brake, Laurel and Marysa Demoor, eds. The Lure of Illustration in the Nineteenth Century: Picture and Press, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Bridgham, Fred ed. The First World War as a Clash of Cultures, Rochester NY: Camden House, 2006.

Bristow, Joseph. Empire Boys: Adventures in a Man’s World, London: HarperCollins Academic, 1991.

Brockington, Grace, ed. Internationalism and the Arts in Britain and Europe at the Fin de Siècle, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009.

Brown, Callum G. The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularisation 1800-2000, London: Routledge, 2001.

Burton, Antoinette, The Trouble with Empire: Challenges to Modern British Imperialism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Calloway, Stephen, Twentieth-century Decoration: The Domestic Interior from 1900 to the present day, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson: London, 1988.

Carey, John. The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880-1939, London: Faber & Faber, 1992.

Clarke, Meaghan. Critical Voices: Women and Art Criticism in Britain 1880-1905, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.

Claeys, Gregory. Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire, 1850-1920, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Codell, Julie, ed. Transculturation in British art, 1770-1930, Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.

Cole, Beverly and Richard Durack. Happy as a Sandboy: Early Railway Posters, London: HMSO, 1990.

Colls, Robert and Philip Dodd, eds. Englishness: Politics and Culture 1880-1920, London: Croom Helm, 1986.

Crow, Duncan. The Edwardian Woman, London: George Allen and Unwin, 1978.

Cumming, Elizabeth. Hand, Heart and Soul: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland, (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2006.

Dellheim, Charles. The face of the past: the preservation of the Medieval inheritance in Victorian England, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

DiBattista, Maria and Lucy McDiarmid. High and Low Modernisms: Literature and Culture, 1889-1939, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Dietle, Robert and Mark S Micale, eds. Enlightenment, Passion and Modernity, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.

Droth, Martina, Jason Edwards, and Micheal Hatt, Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention , 1837-1901, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014.

Ebbatson, Roger. An Imaginary England: Nation, Landscape and Literature, 1840-1920, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.

Eby, Cecil. The Road to Armageddon: The Martial Spirit in English Popular Literature, 1870-1914, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1987.

Edwards, Jason and Imogen Hart, eds. Rethinking the Interior, c.1867-1896: Aestheticism and Arts and Crafts, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010.

Engen, Rodney. The Age of Enchantment: Beardsley, Dulac and Their Circle, London: Scala Arts Publishers Inc., 2007.

Facos, Michelle and Sharon Hirsh, eds. Art, Culture and National Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Fernihough, Anne. Freewomen and Supermen: Edwardian Radicals and Literary Modernism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Fisher, Fiona, Patricia Lara Betancourt, Trevor Keeble, and Brenda Martin, eds. Performance, Fashion and the Modern Interior from the Victorians to Today, Berg: London and New York, 2011.

Flanders, Judith. Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain, London: HarperPress, 2006.

Fletcher, Pamela and Anne Helmreich, eds. The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London, 1850-1939, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011.

Flint, Kate. The Woman Reader, 1837-1914, Oxford:  The Clarendon Press, 1993.

Ford, Basil, ed. Cambridge Guide to the Arts in Britain: The Edwardian Age and the Inter-War Years, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Fowle, Frances, Vivien Hamilton and Jennifer Melville, eds. Impressionism and Scotland, Edinburgh: National Gallery of Scotland, 2008.

Gagnier, Ragina. Individualism, Decadence and Globalisation: On the relationship of part to whole 1856 – 1920, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Gainer, Bernard. The Alien Invasion: The Origins of the Aliens Act of 1905, London: Heinemann, 1972.

Gandhi, Leela. Affective Communities: Anti-Colonial Thought, Fin de Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Gąsiorek, Andrzej. A History of Modernist Literature, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

Gavin, Adrienne E.  and Andrew F. Humphries, eds. Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Glover, David. Literature, Immigration and Diaspora in Fin-de-Siecle England: a Cultural History of the 1905 Aliens Act, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Goodlad, Lauren. Victorian Literature and the Victorian State: Character and Governance in a Liberal Society, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Grainger, J. H.  Patriotisms: Britain 1900-1939, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1986.

Gray, Anne, ed. The Edwardians: Secrets and Desires, Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2004.

Haill, Catherine. Fun Without Vulgarity: Victorian and Edwardian Popular Entertainment Posters, London: HMSO, 1996.

Hammond, Mary. Reading, Publishing, and the Formation of Literary Taste in England, 1880-1914, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.

Hapgood, Lynne. Margins of Desire: The Suburbs in Fiction and Culture, 1880-1925, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004.

Hapgood, Lynne and Nancy Paxton, eds. Outside Modernism: In Pursuit of the English Novel, 1900-30, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.

Hatt, Michael and Morna O’Neill, eds. The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design and Performance in Britain, 1901-1910, New Haven: Yale UP, 2010.

Heilmann, Ann and Lucy Delap, eds. Anti-feminism in Edwardian Literature, London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2006.

Heilmann, Ann and Mark Llewellyn. Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty-First Century, 1999-2009, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Hoberman, Ruth. Museum Trouble: Edwardian Fiction and the Emergence of Modernism, London: University of Virginia Press, 2011.

Hobsbawm, Eric. Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Hunter, Jefferson. Edwardian Fiction, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982.

Hynes, Samuel. The Edwardian Turn of Mind, London: Oxford University Press, 1968.

Jackson, Alvin. Home Rule: an Irish History, 1800-2000, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.

Jackson, Daniel. Popular Opposition to Irish Home Rule in Edwardian Britain, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009.

James, Simon J. Maps of Utopia: H.G. Wells, Modernity, and the End of Culture, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Kaplan, Wendy, ed. The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America: Design for the Modern World, London: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

Keating, Paul. The Haunted Study: A Social History of the English Novel, 1875-1914, London: Secker & Warburg. 1989.

Kemp, Sandra, Charlotte Mitchell and David Trotter, eds. Edwardian Fiction: An Oxford Companion, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Kennedy, Paul and Anthony Nicholls, eds. Nationalist and Racialist Movements in Britain and Germany before 1914, London and Basingstoke: MacMillan, 1981.

Kenny, Kevin, ed. Ireland and the British Empire, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Kleeblatt, N. L., ed. The Dreyfus Affair, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.

Knight, Frances. The Church in the Nineteenth Century, London: I. B. Taurus, 2008.

Ledger, Sally. The New Woman: Fiction and Feminism at the Fin de Siècle, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997.

Levenson, Michael. Modernism, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011.

Lewis, Jane. Women and Social Action in Victorian and Edwardian England, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1981.

Lewis, Pericles. The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Loeb, Lori-Anne. Consuming Angels: Advertising and Victorian Women, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Long, Philip and Elizabeth Cumming. The Scottish Colourists, 1900-1930: F.C.B. Cadell, J.D. Fergusson, G.L. Hunter, S.J. Peploe, Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 2000.

Longmate, Norman. Island Fortress: The Defence of Great Britain 1603-1945, London: Hutchinson, 1991.

Lowry, Donal, ed. The South African War Reappraised, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000.

Mackenzie, John, ed. Imperialism and Popular Culture, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986.

Macmillan, Duncan. Scottish Art in the 20th century, 1890-2001, Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 2001.

Mangan, J. A. Athleticism in the Victorian and Edwardian Public School: The Emergence and Consolidation of an Educational Ideology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.

The Imperial Curriculum: Racial Images and Education in the British Colonial Experience, London: Routledge, 2011.

Mao, Douglas and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, eds. Bad Modernisms, Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press, 2006.

McKenzie, Norman and Jean McKenzie. The First Fabians, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977.

Miller, Jane Eldridge. Rebel Women: Feminism, Modernism and the Edwardian Novel, London: Virago Press, 1994.

Mitchell, Sally. The New Girl: Girls’ Culture in England, 1880-1915, New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.

Morgan, Sue and Jacqueline deVries, eds. Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800-1940, London: Routledge, 2010.

Morris, Andrew. The Scaremongers: The Advocacy of War and Rearmament, 1896-1914, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984.

Nasim, Omar W. Bertrand Russell and the Edwardian Philosophers: Constructing the World, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Nead, Lynda. The Haunted Gallery: Painting, Photography, Film c. 1900, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007.

Neilson, Keith. Britain and the Last Tsar: British Policy and Russia, 1894-1917, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995.

Nelson, Claudia. Boys Will Be Girls: the Feminine Ethic and British Children’s Fiction, 1857-1917, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1991.

Nicolson, Juliet. A Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911, London: John Murray, 2007.

Nowell-Smith, Simon, ed. Edwardian England, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1964.

O’Day, Alan, ed. The Edwardian Age: Conflict and Stability 1900-1915, Hamden: Archon Books, 1979.

Outka, Elizabeth. Consuming Traditions: Modernity, Modernism, and the Commodified Authentic, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Owen, Alex. Place of Enchantment, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2007.

Panayi, Panikos. The Enemy in our Midst: Germans in Britain During the First World War, Oxford: Berg, 1991.

Parker, Stephen G. and Tom Lawson, eds. God and War: The Church of England and Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012.

Patterson, Anthony. Mrs Grundy’s Enemies: Censorship, Realist Fiction and the Politics of Sexual Representation, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013.

Pervis, June and Sandra Stanley Holton, eds. Votes For Women, London: Routledge, 2000.

Potter, Rachel. Modernism and Democracy: Literary Culture 1900-1930, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Potter, Simon. News and the British World, The Emergence of an Imperial Press System, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003.

Powell, David. The Edwardian Crisis: Britain 1901-1914, Basingstoke: MacMillan, 1996.

Nationhood and Identity, The British State Since 1800, London: I. B. Tauris, 2002.

Powell, Kerry, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Powers, Alan. Britain: Modern Architecture in History, London: Reaktion, 2007.

Prior, Christopher. Edwardian Empire and the Idea of Racial Decline: An Empire’s Future, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.

Prochaska, F. K. Women and Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century England, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980.

Ramsden, John. Don’t Mention the War: the British and the Germans since 1890, London: Little, Brown, 2006.

Rappaport, Erika D. Shopping for Pleasure: Women in the Making of London’s West End, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Rau, Petra. English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans, 1890-1950,Farnham: Ashgate, 2009).

Read, Donald. Edwardian England 1901-1915: Society and Politics, London: Harrap, 1972.

– ed. Edwardian England, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1982.

Reed, Christopher, ed. Not At Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture, London: Thames & Hudson, 1996.

Reynolds, Sian. Paris-Edinburgh: Cultural Connections in the Belle Epoque, Aldershot and Burlington Ashgate, 2007.

Rieger, Bernhard. Technology and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and Germany, 1890-1945, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Rodner, William S. Edwardian London through Japanese Eyes: The Art and Writings of Yoshio Markino, 1897-1915, Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2012.

Rose, Jacqueline. The Case of Peter Pan, or, The Impossibility of Children’s Fiction, London: Macmillan, 1984.

Rose, Jonathan. The Edwardian Temperament, 1895-1919, London and Athens: Ohio University Press, 1986.

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, Yale University Press, 2002.

Saler, Michael. As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

– ed. The Fin-de-Siècle World, New York: Routledge, 2015.

Sandison, Alan. Robert Louis Stevenson and the Appearance of Modernism, London: Palgrave, 1996.

Schaffer, Talia. The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England, Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 2000.

Showalter, Elaine. Daughters of Decadence: Women Writers of the Fin de Siècle, London: Virago Press Ltd., 1993.

Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siècle, London: Virago Press 1990.

Scully, Richard. British Images of Germany: Admiration, Antagonism and Ambivalence, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.

Searle, Geoffrey. The Quest for National Efficiency: A Study in British Politics and Political Thought, 1899-1914, Berkley: University of California Press, 1971.

Seligmann, Matthew. Spies in Uniform: British Military and Naval Intelligence on the Eve of the First World War, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Shaw, Jane and Alan Kreider, eds. Culture and the Non-Conformist Tradition, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999.

Shortt, S. E. D. Victorian Lunacy: Richard M. Bucke and the Practice of Late Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Simmons, Jack. The Victorian Railway, London: Thames and Hudson, 1991.

Smith, Anthony. Nationalism and Modernism, London: Routledge, 1998.

Snell, K. D. M. Parish and Belonging: Community, Identity and Welfare in England and Wales, 1700-1950, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, [2006] 2009.

Spencer, Charles and Vivian D. Lipman, eds. The Immigrant Generations: Jewish Artists in Britain, 1900–1945, New York: Jewish Museum, 1983.

Startt, James D. Journalists for Empire: The Imperial Debate in the Edwardian Stately Press 1903-1913, New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Steiner, Zara and Keith Neilson. Britain and the Origins of the First World War, 2nd ed., Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003.

Stephenson, Andrew, ed. ‘Edwardian Art and its Legacies’, Visual Culture in Britain, Special Issue, 14: 1, 2013.

Sternhell, Zeev, with Mario Sznajder and Maia Asheri. The Birth of Fascist Ideology: From Cultural Rebellion to Political Revolution, Princeton University Press, 1989, 1994.

Stone, Dan, Breeding Superman: Nietzsche, Race and Eugenics in Edwardian and Interwar Britain, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2002.

Taylor, Anthony. London’s Burning: Pulp Fiction, The Politics of Terrorism and the Destruction of the Capital in British Popular Culture, 1840-2005, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.

Thomas, David Wayne. Cultivating Victorians: Liberal Culture and the Aesthetic, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

Thompson, Paul. The Edwardians: The Remaking of British Society, 2nd Edition, London: Routledge, 1992.

Thorsheim. Peter. Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke and Culture in Britain Since 1800, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2006.

Tickner, Lisa. Modern Life and Modern Subjects, British Art in the Twentieth Century, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000.

Tillyard, S. K. The Impact of Modernism 1900-1920: Early Modernism and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Edwardian England, London and New York: Routledge, 1998.

Trotter, David. The English Novel in History 1895-1920, London: Routledge, 1993.

Troy, Nancy. Couture Culture: A Study in Modern Art and Fashion, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.

Trumble, Angus and Andrea Wolk Roger, eds. Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Villis, Tom. Reaction and the Avant-Garde, London: I.B. Tauris, 2006.

Wiener, Martin. English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1980.

Wild, Jonathan. Literature of the 1900s: The Great Edwardian Emporium, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

Yeandle, Peter. Citizenship, Nation, Empire: The Politics of History Teaching in England, 1870-1930, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.


Online Resources:

Camden Town Group in Context

The London Gallery Project

Empire Online

The Henry James Society

Simeon Solomon Research Archive

Royal Academy of Arts, Edwardian Winter Exhibitions

Philip de László Online Catalogue Raisonné

The Joseph Conrad Society (resources page)

Conrad First (The Joseph Conrad Periodical Archive)

The Victorian Web

The Pulp Magazines Project

The Modernist Journals Project

The Yellow Nineties Online

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