Events That Changed Great Britain Since 1689

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This unique resource describes and evaluates ten of the most important events in British history between 1689 and the present. A full chapter is devoted to each event. Every chapter includes an introduction presenting factual information in a clear, concise, chronological order, and a longer interpretive essay exploring both the short term and far reaching ramifications of the event.

The ten events covered are: • The Industrial Revolution • The Seven Years' War • The Napoleonic Wars • Pax Britannica • The Reform Act of 1832 • The Crystal Palace Exhibition • The Movement for Irish Independence and Woman Suffrage • World War I • World War II • The Thatcher Era Coverage for each event also includes an annotated bibliography of works suitable for students and a full-page illustration. A glossary of terms, a timeline of British history since 1689, a chronological list of ruling houses and monarchs, and a chronological list of prime ministers help students to better understand the major developments in modern British history, along with their significance and long-term impact.

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Editorial Reviews

Ten major historical events are treated by both short factual summaries and longer interpretive essays. The introductions are penned by the editors, Thackeray and Findling (history, Indiana U. Southeast), while the interpretive essays are written by a group of American historians. The ten topics examined are presented in chronological order, examining the Industrial Revolution, the Seven Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, the rise of the British Empire, the Reform Act of 1832, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the movements for Irish independence and women's suffrage, the two World Wars, and the Thatcher era. Each essay is followed by a selected bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313316869
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 234
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANK W. THACKERAY is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

JOHN E. FINDLING is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

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Table of Contents


Chronology of Events in Great Britain Since 1689

Industrial Revolution, c. 1750-c. 1850 by David Mitch

The Seven Year's War, 1756-1963 by Frederick M. Stowell

The Napoleonic Wars, 1789-1815 by S. J. Stearns

Pax Britannica, 1815-1914 by Lowell J. Satre

The Reform Act of 1832 by Thomas C. Mackey

The Crystal Palace Exhibition, 1851 by Diana J. Reynolds

Sinn Fein and the Suffragettes: The Movement for Irish Independence and Women Suffrage, c. 1880-1921 by Kenneth L. Campbell

World War I, 1914-1919 by Larry Thornton

World War II, 1939-1945 by George P. Blum

The Thatcher Era, 1979-1990 by Richard Leiby

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: List of Ruling Houses and Monarchs

Appendix C: List of Prime Ministers


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