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A History of Modern Britain 1714 to the Present



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A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present presents a lively introduction to the history of the modern British Isles from the Hanoverian succession to the present day. Develops themes of tradition and change, the role of the four nations of the British Isles, and Britain in a world context Complements the narrative with descriptions of fascinating personalities from Britain's past, from the arsonist James Aitken and the female adventurer Jane Digby, to the celebrity footballer George Best Includes features to help orientate the reader: illustrations, maps, royal family genealogies, chronology, and glossary; online supplements include preliminary chapter from 1688An accompanying website containing additional support and materials for lecturers and students is available at

Author Biography

Ellis Wasson teaches at Tower Hill School in Wilmington and the University of Delaware. He is the author of Whig Renaissance: Lord Althorp and the Whig Party 1782-1845 (1987), Born to Rule: British Political Elites (2000) and Aristocracy and the Modern World (2006) and has published numerous articles on the history of British politics and European landed society.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Maps
List of Biographies
Uniting the Kingdoms
The British Isles in 1714
A New Beginning, 1714-62
War and Revolution, 1763-1814
The British Century
A United Kingdom, 1815
Reform, 1816-41
Imperial Britain, 1842-84
New Century, 1885-1913
Dividing the Kingdoms
The United Kingdom, 1914
War and Peace and War, 1915-39
The Warfare and Welfare State, 1940-79
"New" Britain, 1980-2008
Select Bibliography
List of Prime Ministers
Genealogy of the Royal Family
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