This book, in addition to examining the political power relations between the three kingdoms and the continent, also explores the story of their development, bringing into play factors such as commercial links, migration of groups, the transmission and adoption of religious beliefs, political ideas, technological innovations and artistic styles.
Britain and Europe, 1500-1780 will illustrate, in broad terms, how during this era Britain stepped into a more active role in the traffic of ideas and styles as well as goods. It will comparatively evaluate a range of key institutions in Britain - constitutional, administrative, religious, economical and social - with those of its European counterparts.
Ralph Houlbrooke is Professor of Early Modern British History at the University of Reading, UK. He is the author of several books, including The English Family, 1450-1700.