Early Modern British History 1485-1691: Society And Politics in England, Ireland, Scotland And Wales
October 2016, Polity
Within the context of recent debates on the ‘New British History’, the book looks at the experiences of the inhabitants of the islands and their contacts with their fellow citizens, whether locally or further afield. It explores the construction of ideas about national origins and identities, and considers how ideas about ethnic difference shaped both violent and peaceful interactions between and within nations. The development of competing religious identities is traced, but despite theological differences, many aspects of belief – in its widest sense – were familiar throughout the islands. Likewise, concerns with life from birth to death, with status and reputation, and with being part of families and communities, were common to the populations of different areas.
This will be a key text in British and early modern history for years to come
- Innovative textbook on the social and cultural history of
England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales during the period when they
came under the rule of a single monarch.
- Provides an accessible and engaging introduction to a key
– and turbulent – period in British history.
- Introduces the most recent debates on the “New British
History” which attempts to move away from an Anglocentric
- Fully explores cutting edge topics such as national origins and identities, ethnic difference, and families and communities.