The Making of the United Kingdom 1660 - 1830 / Edition 1by Jim Smyth, Peter Denley
Pub. Date: 07/21/2001
The histories of the "three kingdoms" or "four nations" that eventually became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801 are distinct but not separate. From the Restoration of Charles II to the Act of Union with Ireland, Jim Smyth interweaves the different national stories into an authoritative account of the creation of the modern British state. Including discussion of society and economy alongside analysis of contemporary politics and the religious question, Smyth shows how the experiences of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland were shaped by unity as well as diversity. In an age of anxiety about national identity and the future of the United Kingdom, this is a timely and important book.
Table of Contents
1.The Restoration: four nations in search of a king.
2.Three kingdoms, one church? 3.Disaffection and dissent: the heroic age.
4.The Catholic problem.
5.Constitutional relations, national identitites, union.
6.Jacobitism and the British state.
7.Convergence and divergence: identity-formation and politics in the eighteenth century.
8.Catholics, Protestants and Dissenters: religion and politics in the eighteenth century.
9.Uniting the kingdoms: the British-Irish union.
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