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For decades, scholars have been urging a "four nations" approach to British history. Susan Kingsley Kent's ambitious and timely A New History of Britain since 1688: Four Nations and an Empire finally delivers on that promise. Ranging from 1688 to the present, the book covers developments in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, along with the British empire, providing a lively and often gripping account of the ever-changing conflicts that have characterized British history. In prose that is accessible and engaging, Kent not only includes the histories of the four "nations" of the British Isles and the vast overseas empire within a single frame, she also seamlessly interweaves the thematic concerns of her previous scholarship--gender history, environmental history, and imperial and colonial history--into the history of British politics, society, and imperial culture. The result is a brilliant synthesis.
Susan Kingsley Kent is Professor of Distinction in the Department of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Table of Contents
List of Maps Acknowledgements About the Author
Introduction: The British Isles and the British Empire in 1688 The Land and Its People Overseas Colonies A Great Chain of Being The Sectarian Divide Politics A Place in Time: Liverpool, Second City of Empire
Chapter 1: The Glorious Revolution and the Creation of "Britain," 1688-1707 The Glorious Revolution The Revolutionary Settlement and the Financial Revolution The Act of Union, 1707 A "United" Kingdom? A Place in Time: The Glorious Revolution in Liverpool
Chapter 2: Consolidating the Kingdom and the Empire, 1707-1763 The War of the Spanish Succession and the Advent of the Hanoverian Kings The Rising of 1715 The South Sea Bubble Slavery and the Slave Trade The Robinocracy World War and Empire A Place in Time: Liverpool and the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745
Chapter 3: Economic and Intellectual Revolutions of the Eighteenth Century The Demographic and Agricultural Revolutions Early Industrialization The Commercial Revolution The Enlightenment: The Public Sphere The Enlightenment: The Domestic Sphere Overseas Scientific Discoveries A Place in Time: Liverpool's "African Trade"
Chapter 4: Politics and Imperial Turns, 1760-1789 Popular Politics and the Rise of the Middling Classes Gender, Politics, and Religious Culture The Revoult of the American Colonies The Anti-Slavery Movement The Gordon Riots Turning to India A Place in Time: The Zong Murders: Prelude to Abolition
Chapter 5: Revolution, War, and Reaction, 1789-1820 The French Revolution Women and Work Malthus and More: Discipline and Domesticity Rebellion in Ireland Australia Sierra Leone Postwar Depression A Place in Time: Liverpool and the Wars of the French Revolution
Chapter 6: The Age of Reform, 1820-1848 Industrialization and Social Change Urbanization and Its Discontents Political Reform A Place in Time: The First Passenger Railway
Chapter 7: "Liberal Empire," 1823-1873 "Liberal" Empire The White Colonies of Settlement A Place in Time: The Opium Wars
Chapter 8: Nation and Empire, Citizens and Subjects, 1848-1873 The Celtic "Nations" The Racial Contours of Citizenship and "Subjecthood" The Reform Act of 1867 The Women's Movement, 1850-1873 A Place in Time: The Liverpool-Irish
Chapter 9: New Politics, New Imperialism The Second Industrial Revolution Mass Society and Mass Politics New Imperialism A Place in Time: Liverpool Blacks
Chapter 10: The Crises of the Fin de Siècle, 1899-1914 The South African War Race Degeneration and a Revolution in Government Labor Disputes and the Militant Women's Suffrage Movement The Coming of the Great War A Place in Time: Militants in Liverpool
Chapter 11: The Great War and the "Peace," 1914-1922 The Battles Trench Warfare The War at Home The Easter Rebellion Political Reverberations A War of Empire The Peace Revolts Against British Rule A Place in Time: The Pals' Brigade
Chapter 12: Politics and Empire in Interwar Britain, 1919-1935 Ireland: "Flying Columns" and Black and Tans Strikes and the Fear of Revolution Race riots Politics The General Strike Changes in the Dominions Women, Work, and Equal Enfranchisement Depression, Disillusion, and National Crisis Colonial Developments A Place in Time: Race Riots
Chapter 13: Appeasement, World War, and the Establishment of the Welfare State, 1935-1962 The Fascist Challenge An Imperial War in Europe The War in the Pacific The Home Front The Color Bar The Beveridge Report and the Postwar Welfare State The Impact of Reforms A Place in Time: The Second World War in Liverpool
Chapter 14: The Shock of the New: Decolonization and the Creation of a New Society, 1947-1996 Decolonization The Permissive Society The "Troubles" Thatcherism A Place in Time: The Toxteth Riots
Chapter 15: The Make-Up of Britain, 1997-2015 The Britain of Tony Blair A Place in Time: Identities and Traditions at the Liverpool Football Club Devolution in Scotland and Wales Peace in Northern Ireland A Multicultural Society The Break-Up of Britain
Appendix A: Monarchs of Great Britain Appendix B: Prime Ministers of Great Britain Credits Index