A Brief History of Great Britain

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Great Britain has long been one of the most influential countries. Its early role as the world's leading naval power and its position at the center of the Industrial Revolution enabled it to expand and maintain its influence over an area that touched all continents and covered more than one-fifth of the globe. Yet Britain's history has also been shaped by centuries of internal political strife and international conflict.

A Brief History of Great Britain narrates the story of Brittania from the earliest times to the 21st century, covering England, Wales, and Scotland; associated archipelagos such as the Channel Islands and the Orkneys; and Ireland as they have influenced British history. The crux of this volume is the development of the British kingdom, including its rise and decline on the world stage. The book offers a clear chronological political narrative while treating major social, economic, and religious issues.

Coverage includes

Early Settlements, Celts, and Romans

Anglo-Saxons, Scots, and Vikings

Scotland, England, and Wales

Britain in the Late Middle Ages

The Making of Protestant Britain

Industry and Conquest

Britain in the Age of Empire

An Age of Crisis

The Age of Consensus

A House Divided

Basic facts, a chronology, a bibliography, and a suggested reading list make up the appendixes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816081240
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Brief History Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 807,904
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 Early Settlements, Celts, and Romans (Prehistory to ca. 450 C.E.) 1

2 Anglo-Saxons, Scots, and Vikings (ca. 450-ca. 850) 26

3 Scotland, England, and Wales (ca. 850-1272) 48

4 Britain in the Late Middle Ages (1272-1529) 72

5 The Making of Protestant Britain (1529-1689) 95

6 Industry and Conquest (1689-1851) 125

7 Britain in the Age of Empire (1851-1922) 154

8 An Age of Crisis (1922-1945) 185

9 The Age of Consensus (1945-1979) 208

10 A House Divided (1979-2009) 232

Appendix 1 Basic Facts about Great Britain 258

Appendix 2 Chronology 262

Appendix 3 Bibliography 271

Appendix 4 Suggested Reading 274

Index 281

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