Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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The United Kingdom remains a central point in any historical study of the Western European tradition, but did not take on its present configuration until 1920. The Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom Volume 2: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland is an excellent guide to the history of its three important regions, as well as its creation. The United Kingdom can only be understood as an evolution of its component parts. The first volume of the Dictionary focused on the United Kingdom's most prominent ...

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Overview

The United Kingdom remains a central point in any historical study of the Western European tradition, but did not take on its present configuration until 1920. The Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom Volume 2: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland is an excellent guide to the history of its three important regions, as well as its creation. The United Kingdom can only be understood as an evolution of its component parts. The first volume of the Dictionary focused on the United Kingdom's most prominent part, England. This second volume fleshes out the entire United Kingdom by directing the reader's attention toward Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland; regions which are often overshadowed by England but contain a great deal of the cultural, social, and political diversity of the United Kingdom. Not only does the second volume focus on the specifics of each individual region, their economy, cultural traditions, and history, but it also investigates how these areas came together and interacted with one another under the umbrella of the United Kingdom. The Dictionary begins with a chronology of the United Kingdom, but one that highlights different aspects, issues, and events that have impacted upon these three regions. An introduction provides a wonderful overview to the problems these three regions faced concerning their inclusion in a nation and simultaneous attempts to preserve regional character. The volume does not hesitate to outline the turmoil that exists between national and regional identity. Its entries include people, events, institutions, places, as well as political, economic, and cultural themes important to the history of the United Kingdom. Helpful maps, abbreviations, and chronologies are included.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
...a helpful introduction to Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish history. The entries are objective and succinct, and the authors provide ample bibliographic citations for users desiring more substantive study and analysis of chronicled individuals and personalities...a worthwhile addition to any library desirous of maintaining a high-quality British history collection.
Journal Of Military History
...chronologies, maps, and an extensive bibliography complement some one thousand entries...
CHOICE
The articles are well-written...a good single volume reference.
Journal of Military History
...chronologies, maps, and an extensive bibliography complement some one thousand entries...
Choice
The articles are well-written...a good single volume reference.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...a helpful introduction to Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish history. The entries are objective and succinct, and the authors provide ample bibliographic citations for users desiring more substantive study and analysis of chronicled individuals and personalities...a worthwhile addition to any library desirous of maintaining a high-quality British history collection.
Booknews
Volume II of a dictionary that presents the history of the United Kingdom. It directs attention towards Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, focusing on the specifics of each region, their economy, cultural traditions, and history. It begins with a chronology of the U.K., several maps, and an introductory overview to the problems these three regions faced concerning their inclusion in a nation and simultaneous attempts to preserve their individual character. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810834415
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series
  • Pages: 490
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth J. Panton is Associate Professor of Geography, and Assistant Director of the British Studies Program, at the University of Southern Mississippi. Educated at the University of Edinburgh and King's College, he has worked as a journalist and academic, and has pioneered international education programs. Keith A. Cowlard is Head of the Department of Geography at London Guildhall University. He was educated at the University of Leeds, and has published widely in geography and history.

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