The Historical Dictionary of Contemporary United Kingdom seeks to present the events, people, and trends of the last 28 years and to help explain the current state of the United Kingdom. Knowledge of this is vital to understanding the society, politics, personalities, and actions that are shaping the country right now. This is done through a chronology dating from 1979 to the present, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 700 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, events, institutions, and organizations, as well as the political, economic, social, cultural, and religious facets.
Kenneth J. Panton is professor of geography and Dean of the Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the co-author of Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom (Scarecrow Press, 1998) and the author of Historical Dictionary of London (Scarecrow Press, 2001). Keith A. Cowlard is head of educational partnerships at the University of Greenwich in London. He is the co-author of Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom (Scarecrow Press, 1998).