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A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present

A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present

Ellis Wasson

ISBN: 978-1-444-32711-3

Jun 2011

400 pages

$39.00

Description

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

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

 
  • 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