Imperial Island: A History of Britain and Its Empire, 1660-1837 / Edition 1

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At its peak, no empire had ever been larger or more diverse. With power and influence stretching to the far reaches of the globe, Britannia not only ruled the waves but governed roughly a quarter of the world's population.

Imperial Island: A History of Britain and its Empire, 1660-1837 traces Great Britain's imperial path from the Stuart Restoration of 1660 to its emergence in the nineteenth century as a dominant global superpower. More than a century of fast-moving political events such as the American Revolution and Napoleonic wars are seamlessly interwoven with England and Scotland's political, social, and economic history. Also discussed are the rapidly-evolving environmental factors, cultural issues, and gender relations taking place in Britain as it carved out its empire. The result is a comprehensive and sweeping account of Britain's expansion and the transformative role that empire played throughout its global territories.

Organized into thematic chapters set within a clear, chronological framework, and supported by numerous illustrations and maps, Imperial Island is the ideal text for students, who need no prior knowledge of British history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Paul Monod manages to pack in a very great deal and the style is easy, accessible and informative. This, then, is a book to recommend." (The Journal of the Historical Society, 2010)

"This book brings together in one resource information that has previously been available only in small fragments widely distributed throughout the literature of different disciplines and, additionally, highlights the unifying concepts in a very diverse discipline." (Doody's, February 2010)

"The combination of completeness and conciseness with an attractive style is very difficult to master. This is an outstandingly good example of how it ought to be done. It is written in a relaxed, flowing prose, always accessible and often witty, which carries the reader effortlessly forward. ... A book that gives a strong and pleasing impression of a gifted teacher in full command of his subject." (The International History Review, December 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405134453
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 368,777
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Kléber Monod holds the Barton Hepburn Chair in History at Middlebury College. He is the author of Jacobitism and the English People, 1688-1788 (1989); The Power of Kings: Monarchy and Religion in Europe, 1588-1714 (1999); and The Murder of Mr. Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town (2003).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Maps ix

Preface x

A Note on Currency xiii

Frequently Used Abbreviations xiv

Part I Nations, Lands, Peoples 1

1 Nations and Kingdoms 3

2 Landscapes in Motion 17

3 Knowing One's Place 32

Part II Party Strife and Revolution, 1660-1689 49

4 The Culture of Politics 51

5 Preserving the Constitution 61

6 A Disjointed Empire 78

Part III The Legacy of Revolution, 1689-1722 97

7 The Fortunes of War, 1689-1710 99

8 The Crisis of the Hanoverian Succession, 1710-1722 117

9 Art, Science, and Politics 132

Part IV State and Empire, 1722-1760 145

10 Whigs and Patriots 147

11 Polite Society and Its Discontents 170

12 An Empire Emerging 190

Part V The Fall of the First British Empire, 1760-1784 205

13 The Patriot King, 1760-1770 207

14 The American Crisis, 1770-1784 222

15 The Wealth of a Nation 241

Part VI Britain Against Revolution, 1783-1815 259

16 The Nation Preserved 261

17 Remaking the Empire 283

18 Enlightened Culture 301

Part VII A New Order Begins, 1815-1837 317

19 The State Reformed 319

20 A Class Society 339

21 Imperial Portraits 359

Conclusion 376

Notes 382

Bibliography 397

Index 415

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