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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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Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

List of Tables xi

List of Maps xii

List of Biographies xiii

Preface xiv

Acknowledgments xix

Part I: Uniting the Kingdoms 1

Chapter 1: The British Isles in 1714 3

Chapter 2: A New Beginning, 1714–62 37

Chapter 3: War and Revolution, 1763–1814 65

Part II: The British Century 91

Chapter 4: A United Kingdom, 1815 93

Chapter 5: Reform, 1816–41 123

Chapter 6: Imperial Britain, 1842–84 150

Chapter 7: New Century, 1885–1913 181

Part III: Dividing the Kingdoms 211

Chapter 8: The United Kingdom, 1914 213

Chapter 9: War and Peace and War, 1915–39 240

Chapter 10: The Warfare and Welfare State, 1940–79 271

Chapter 11: “New” Britain, 1980–2008 304

Chapter 0: The Transformation of Britain 1688–1713

Available online at: www.wiley.com/go/wasson

Notes 334

Chronology 352

Glossary 357

Select Bibliography 365

List of Prime Ministers 380

Genealogy of the Royal Family 383

Index 385

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Author Information

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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The Wiley Advantage

  • 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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Reviews

"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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