A History of England, Volume II: 1688 to the Present (Chapters 16-31)

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The second volume of a two-volume set, this book provides a broad, narrative account of English history from 1715 to the present day. It draws on the most up-to-date primary and secondary research to illuminate the full range of England's social, economic, cultural, and political past, and focuses on  how and  why  events occurred. It stresses dominant themes in English history  without  espousing any single interpretation, and considers events in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland as they affected developments in England. KEY TOPICS: An Age Of Stability: 1714-1760; The Economic, And Social Transformation Of England: 1761-1815; The Intellectual Transformation; Politics In The Reign Of George Iii; Diplomacy And War In The Age Of Revolution; Conservatism, Liberalism, And Reform; An Age Of Prosperity; Victorianism; The British Empire; An Age Of Crisis: 1873-1914; Britain And World War I; Britain Between The Wars; Britain And World War Ii; Socialist Britain 1945-1990; Life In Socialist Britain. MARKET: For anyone interested in the History of England.   

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A History of England, Volume II: 1688 to the Present incorporates recent scholarship into a master narrative that encompasses England's social, economic, cultural, intellectual, and political history. This account traces how and why critical events occurred. Other significant features:

  • discusses events in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland as they affect developments in England.
  • features in-depth treatment of England's involvement in the Second World. War.
  • offers section headings, a list of monarchs and prime ministers, and improved maps.
  • provides suggested Further Reading at the end of each chapter, focusing on the most important books on each era (updated to include recent publications).
  • contains an updated narrative of events since 1990, including material on the fall of Margaret Thatcher and the victory of the Labour Party in 1997.

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Ten years have passed since the third edition of this book appeared. The last decade has been an eventful one for the peoples of the British Isles: The longest serving prime minister of the century was removed from power by her own colleagues; a moribund Labor Party, out of office for almost two decades, revived to score its greatest electoral triumph under the youngest man to serve as prime minister since 1812; after 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, hopes for a lasting peace blossomed on a rainy Easter Sunday; the Channel Tunnel, the fear and folly of an earlier age when France and Britain were enemies, was completed by the joint effort of the two nations; the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, was greeted with such an outpouring of public grief that age-old stereotypes about British reserve vanished in a fortnight.

The narrative of recent developments will constitute part of any new edition. But history is about continuities as well as new departures. This is true not only in the making of history but in the writing of it. It is in that spirit that I carry on the work of Clayton and David Roberts. Their work has succeeded in providing a master narrative of the key events of England's history while not neglecting the impact that these events have had on Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. This narrative has not ignored the interpretive dimension at the core of the historical enterprise but has incorporated the fresh perspective and methods that recent scholarship has brought to the study of England's past. Their graceful prose, trenchant analysis, and unobtrusive learning are virtues I can only hope to emulate.

I wish to thank the editorial staff of Prentice Hall for their cheerfully rendered assistance. I owe a special debt to Emsal Hasan, whose encouraging words have blessed the project. My Belmont colleague, Richard Fallis, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has supported this project in every way a college administrator can. Finally, I wish to thank my wife, Cynthia Story Bisson. Although a historian of France, she has endured my Anglophilia for more than 20 years. For her love, patience, and gentle criticism I am especially grateful.

Douglas Bisson

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