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A Brief History of Great Britain available in Paperback
Great Britain has long been one of the most influential countries. Its early role as the world's leading naval power and its position at the center of the Industrial Revolution enabled it to expand and maintain its influence over an area that touched all continents and covered more than one-fifth of the globe. Yet Britain's history has also been shaped by centuries of internal political strife and international conflict.
A Brief History of Great Britain narrates the story of Brittania from the earliest times to the 21st century, covering England, Wales, and Scotland; associated archipelagos such as the Channel Islands and the Orkneys; and Ireland as they have influenced British history. The crux of this volume is the development of the British kingdom, including its rise and decline on the world stage. The book offers a clear chronological political narrative while treating major social, economic, and religious issues.
Early Settlements, Celts, and Romans
Anglo-Saxons, Scots, and Vikings
Scotland, England, and Wales
Britain in the Late Middle Ages
The Making of Protestant Britain
Industry and Conquest
Britain in the Age of Empire
An Age of Crisis
The Age of Consensus
A House Divided
Basic facts, a chronology, a bibliography, and a suggested reading list make up the appendixes.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations viii
List of Maps ix
1 Early Settlements, Celts, and Romans (Prehistory to ca. 450 C.E.) 1
2 Anglo-Saxons, Scots, and Vikings (ca. 450-ca. 850) 26
3 Scotland, England, and Wales (ca. 850-1272) 48
4 Britain in the Late Middle Ages (1272-1529) 72
5 The Making of Protestant Britain (1529-1689) 95
6 Industry and Conquest (1689-1851) 125
7 Britain in the Age of Empire (1851-1922) 154
8 An Age of Crisis (1922-1945) 185
9 The Age of Consensus (1945-1979) 208
10 A House Divided (1979-2009) 232
1 Basic Facts about Great Britain 258
2 Chronology 262
3 Bibliography 271
4 Suggested Reading 274