Now available in a fully-revised and updated second edition, A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present provides a comprehensive survey of the social, political, economic and cultural history of Great Britain from the Hanoverian succession to the present day.
* Places Britain in a global context, charting the rise and fall of the British empire and the influence of imperialism on the social, economic, and political developments of the home country * Includes revised sections on imperialism and the industrial revolution that have been updated to reflect recent scholarship, a more reflective view on New Labour since its demise, and an all new section on the performance of the Conservative Lib/Dem coalition that came into office in 2010 * Features illustrations, maps, an up-to-date bibliography, a full list of Prime Ministers, a genealogy of the royal family, and a comprehensive glossary explaining uniquely British terms, acronyms, and famous figures * Spans topics as diverse as the slave trade, the novels of Charles Dickens, the Irish Potato Famine, the legalization of homosexuality, coalmines in South Wales, Antarctic exploration, and the invention of the computer * Includes extensive reference to historiography
Ellis Wasson is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delaware. He is the author of seven books, including Aristocracy and the Modern World (2006) and Born to Rule: British Political Elites (2000), and he has published more than two dozen articles on the history of British politics and European landed society in scholarly journals.
List of Figures ix List of Tables xiii List of Maps xiv List of Biographies xv Preface xvi Acknowledgments xxii Part I Uniting the Kingdoms 1 Chapter 1: The British Isles in 1714 3 Chapter 2: A New Beginning, 1714 62 41 Chapter 3:War and Revolution, 1763 1814 71 Part II The British Century 99 Chapter 4: A United Kingdom, 1815 101 Chapter 5: Reform, 1816 41 138 Chapter 6: Imperial Britain, 1842 84 167 Chapter 7: New Century, 1885 1913 201 Part III Dividing the Kingdoms 233 Chapter 8: The United Kingdom, 1914 235 Chapter 9:War and Peace andWar, 1915 39 264 Chapter 10: TheWarfare andWelfare State, 1940 79 297 Chapter 11: New Britain, 1980 2014 333 The Transformation of Britain 1688 1713 000 Available online at: www.wiley.com/go/wasson Notes 365 Chronology 390 Glossary 395 Bibliography 403 List of Prime Ministers 412 Genealogy of the Royal Family 415 Index 417