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A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present

August 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present presents a lively introduction to the history of the modern British Isles from the Hanoverian succession to the present day.
  • Develops themes of tradition and change, the role of the four nations of the British Isles, and Britain in a world context
  • Complements the narrative with descriptions of fascinating personalities from Britain's past, from the arsonist James Aitken and the female adventurer Jane Digby, to the celebrity footballer George Best
  • Includes features to help orientate the reader: illustrations, maps, royal family genealogies, chronology, and glossary; online supplements include preliminary chapter from 1688

An accompanying website containing additional support and materials for lecturers and students is available at www.wiley.com/go/wasson

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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Maps.

List of Biographies.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Uniting the Kingdoms.

1. The British Isles in 1714.

2. A New Beginning, 1714–62.

3. War and Revolution, 1763–1814.

Part II: The British Century.

4. A United Kingdom, 1815.

5. Reform, 1816–41.

6. Imperial Britain, 1842–84.

7. New Century, 1885–1913.

Part III: Dividing the Kingdoms.

8. The United Kingdom, 1914.

9. War and Peace and War, 1915–39.

10. The Warfare and Welfare State, 1940–79.

11. "New" Britain, 1980–2008.

Notes.

Chronology.

Glossary.

Select Bibliography.

List of Prime Ministers.

Genealogy of the Royal Family.

Index.

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Ellis Wasson teaches at Tower Hill School in Wilmington and the University of Delaware. He is the author of Whig Renaissance: Lord Althorp and the Whig Party 1782-1845 (1987), Born to Rule: British Political Elites (2000) and Aristocracy and the Modern World (2006) and has published numerous articles on the history of British politics and European landed society.
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  • Presents a lively introduction to the history of the modern British Isles from the accession of the Hanoverian kings to the present day
  • Develops themes of tradition and change, the role of the four nations of the British Isles, and Britain in a world context
  • Complements the narrative with descriptions of fascinating personalities from Britain's past, from the arsonist James Aitken and the female adventurer Jane Digby, to the celebrity footballer George Best
  • Includes features to help orientate the reader: illustrations, maps, royal family genealogies, chronology, and glossary; online supplements include preliminary chapter from 1688
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"Ellis Wasson's history of modern Britain is written with style and wit, with insight and subtlety. He combines wide reading with clarity of exposition, and has a rare ability to use telling example and personal stories to explain general points. His book offers an outstanding introduction to British history in all its guises - political, social, economic, cultural and intellectual - and brings alive another society."
Martin Daunton, University of Cambridge

"Drawing on a vast range of recent scholarship in disparate fields – including politics, society, culture, national identity, economics, gender and religion – this carefully crafted volume provides a remarkably accessible yet academically significant overview of Britain’s last 300 years. Attractively jargon free and peppered with well-chosen anecdotes and biographical details, it is one of those rare books that will prove invaluable to students and experts alike."
Phillip Salmon, The History of Parliament

"It is an extraordinarily well-organized account; cleverly, even slyly, written to engage students at all levels. Wasson’s felicity with recent scholarship makes this the best Modern Britain text to appear in decades."
Ronald K. Huch, Eastern Kentucky University

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