The Four Nations: A History of the United Kingdom / Edition 1

The Four Nations: A History of the United Kingdom / Edition 1

by Frank Welsh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300093748

ISBN-13: 9780300093742

Pub. Date: 04/15/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

Even by comparison to the United States, the United Kingdom has had a brief and fractious history. Its existence as an undivided entity lasted only for a disputatious 125 years, and its future remains precarious.

In The Four Nations, Frank Welsh offers a lively narrative history of the four component parts of the British Isles-England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

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Overview

Even by comparison to the United States, the United Kingdom has had a brief and fractious history. Its existence as an undivided entity lasted only for a disputatious 125 years, and its future remains precarious.

In The Four Nations, Frank Welsh offers a lively narrative history of the four component parts of the British Isles-England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Moving from the Roman period, which first defined many of the current internal boundaries, through the present day, Welsh describes the history of each nation, their interactions, and the impacts of crises ranging from the Norman Invasion to the Protestant Reformation to the two world wars of the twentieth century. Along the way, Welsh questions many cherished illusions and poses some awkward questions: To what extent were Scotland, Ireland, and Wales victims of predatory English aggression? How serious is the frequently invoked specter of national fragmentation?

Filled with illuminating vignettes and provocative insights, The Four Nations is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the troubled histories of the British Isles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093742
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
532
Product dimensions:
1.19(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 154 B.C.-A.D. 500
Fiercest and most distant of men1
Barbarian concerns15
The end of Britannia19
Ch. 2A.D. 500-1066
The first English kingdom23
Saints and scholars31
Picts, Scots, Britons and Anglians40
Furor Normannorum42
The fateful year54
Ch. 31066-1300
Family quarrels58
A better pattern of living63
Welshmen are Welshmen ...79
Ch. 41300-1540
The wars of independence87
Owain Glyn Dwr97
Ireland is separate from the realm of England101
Tudors and Stuarts107
Ch. 51540-1603
The Elizabethan settlement114
Reformation in Wales and Ireland122
The monstrous regiment of women138
An English nation?144
Ch. 61603-1660
The royal Crowns united146
Loose and absolved ...151
Colonies nearer home156
The King's head161
An ill-favoured massacre167
The second attempt at Union175
Ch. 71660-1750
Restoration179
Glorious Bloodless Revolution?182
A Third World economy?189
The Act of Union196
Send us our boobies again208
An affectionate, tender-spirited people214
Ch. 81750-1830
Wild Geese217
Who dares to speak of '98?227
The proper distribution of loaves and fishes236
Scotland has long groaned under the chains of England240
Unfinished business250
Ch. 91830-1860
Protestant ascendancy and Catholic degradation261
The Great Hunger265
Infant Ireland273
Welsh bards and Scotch dominies278
Ch. 101860-1893
Bold Fenian men288
My mission is to pacify Ireland296
The Kilmainham Treaty303
I cannot allow it to be said ...309
Justice for Scotland ...316
Drink and divinity320
Ch. 111893-1950
The last of the Liberals325
There are things stronger ...333
Gallant allies342
The 'War of Independence'347
New nations350
Free State to Republic357
Lay the lash upon their backs365
Ch. 121950-2001
Not just yet370
Ye Happie Ilands ...375
Oil and vinegar380
Languages are the pedigree of nations387
Ireland North and South392
The end of the United Kingdom?397
More unfinished business406
Notes413
Bibliography437
Index455

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