A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 31, 2009 - History - 424 pages
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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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My last encounter with history was on the high school and as the subject consisted mainly of memorizing data, I hated it with passion. This book succeeded to remove this conditioning, which is probably the best praise I could give. The history is not presented as a plain sequence of facts, but as a hypnotizing whirl of events, relations and people’s lives. On the other the author gives sources so that the reader can make his own opinions, if he wishes to, and sometimes the author does not hide that there are conflicting views of the events, which is good. What I don’t like is the excessive focus on politics and that sometimes the paragraphs read as a bullet list, not a prose. 


The British Isles in 1714
A New Beginning 171462
War and Revolution 17631814
A United Kingdom 1815
Reform 181641
Imperial Britain 184284
New Century 18851913
The United Kingdom 1914
War and Peace and War 191539
The Warfare and Welfare State 194079
New Britain 19802008
Select Bibliography
List of Prime Ministers

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About the author (2009)

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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