Britain Since 1707

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Britain Since 1707is a major new textbook providing the first comprehensive history of modern Britain. Comprehensive in theme, topic and geographical region, it ensures that students are given an essential grounding in the history of the nation. Thematic structure brings together political, social and economic history for complete coverage of modern British history Traces the differing experiences of social and ethnic groups throughout Integration of Scotland, Wales and Ireland integrated throughout, as are imperial relations Each chapter includes historical sources, further reading suggestions and timelines

Author Biography

Callum G. Brown is professor of religious and cultural history at the University of Dundee. He is the author of eight books including Religion and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain (2006), Postmodernism for Historians (2004) and The Death of Christian Britain (2001)
W. Hamish Fraser was, until his retirement, professor of modern history at the University of Strathclyde. His publications include A History of British Trade Unionism 1700 -1998 (1999) and The Coming of the Mass Market (1981). He has also edited volumes on the histories of Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Introduction

Ch 1 Approaches to Britain’s history

Images of Britain

Language of the past

The disputed British past

Political history: putting the great in Britain

Labour and social history

Economic history

Cultural history


Section 2: An Uncertain Stability, 1707-1779

Ch 2. The political system

The making of Great Britain

Politics and Power

Whigs and Tories

Queen Anne's government

The Walpole era

Pelham to Pitt

George II and Lord Bute

Lord North

Ch 3. Power and society in rural Britain

Population and economy

Church and religion

Social relations

Ch 4. Urban Life

Town and city

Luxury and consumption

Social rank and culture

Ch 5. The Enlightenment and Gender

The nature of the Enlightenment

The Enlightenment and gender

Ch 6. The British abroad

Early imperial expansion



The Pacific

American Rebellion



Part3.  The Industrialising Nation 1780-1829

Ch 7. The Industrial Revolution

Economic change

Causes of change

Patterns of work


Ch 8. The social revolution

-         The birth of class

-         Gender relations

-         The standard of living debate

-         Health and housing

Ch 9. Running the state

-         From North to Pitt

-         Pitt the Younger

-         War with France

-         Ireland and Union

-         Addington to Liverpool

-         The Liverpool Ministry

-         Catholic Emancipation


Ch 10. Britain at war

-          Out of isolation

-         The first coalition

-         The second coalition

-         The third coalition

-         Congress of Europe

Ch. 11. Challenges to the political system

-         Pressures for reform

-         The impact of the French Revolution

-         Ireland

-         Radicalism revives


Part 4. The Dominant Nation 1830-1879

Ch. 12. The making of an urban society

-         Urban conditions

-         Tackling urban problems

-         Poverty, policing and children

Ch 13. The Victorian economy

-         The steam age

-         Economic organisation

-         Blight and depression in Ireland and Scotland

-         Agricultural improvement and society

Ch 14. Class, gender and religion

-         Class

-         Gender

-         Religion

Ch 15. Responses to industrial change

-         Resistance to change

-         The British experience

-         Owenite unionism

-         New attitudes

Ch 16. Politics in transition

-         Whig reform

-         Peel’s government

-         Politics without cohesion

-         Palmerston’s government

-         Liberals, Tories and Reform

-         Gladstone’s first ministry

-         Disraelian Conservatism

Ch 17. The growth of the state

-         How the state grew

-         The Poor Law

-         Public health

-         Factory and mines reform

-         Education

Ch 18. Democratic pressures 

-         Parliamentary reform

-         The factory movement

-         Chartism

-         The Anti-Corn Law League

-         Administrative Reform

-         The Second Reform Act

Part 5: The Imperial Heyday 1880 - 1918

Ch 19.  Britain and its Empire

-         Approaching empire and imperialism

-         Indian revolt, African scramble

-         Explanations of empire

-         Testing the explanations

-         Political considerations

-         South African war

Ch 20. The late-Victorian and war economy  

-         Economic contradictions

-         Did the late Victorian economy fail?

-         Rural society and economy

-         The war economy 1914-1919

Ch 21. Intellectual ferment

-         Modernism

-         Marxism

-         Freudianism

-         Feminism

Ch 22. People, society and culture

-         Social class

-         Trade unions and the labour movement

-         Women’s lives

-         Men’s lives

-         Ethnicity

Ch 23. Political Change 1880-1901

-         Irish unrest

-         Parliamentary reform

-         Salisbury’s first ministry

-         The Liberal split

-         Conservatism triumphant

Ch 24. Edwardian politics 1901-1914

-         Liberals divided

-         Emergence of Labour

-         Liberals united

-         Asquith’s governments

-         Liberalism in 1914

Ch 25. The British road to war

-         Splendid isolation

-         French relations

-         German and Russian relations

-         New tensions 1912-1914

-         Why war?

Ch 26. The First World War 

-         The coming of conflict

-         Lloyd George’s coalition

-         Ireland

-         War and Empire

-         The xenophobia of war

-         Labour and the war

Part 6: War and the End of Empire 1919-1963

Ch 27. The economy in peace and war

-         Boom and bust

-         Recovery and war 1933-45

-         Did the inter-war economy succeed?

-         From austerity to prosperity 1946-63

-         Workers and trade unions

Ch 28. Political change 1919-1939

-         Adjusting to the peace

-         Labour government 1924

-         Conservative government 1924-1929

-         Labour government 1929-1931

-         National governments

-         Baldwin and Chamberlain

Ch 29. The Second World War

-         The search for peace

-         Britain’s war

-         A political consensus?

-         General election 1945

Ch 30. People, society and culture

-         Social class

-         Men, women and youth

-         Ethnicity

Ch 31. From Attlee to Macmillan 1945-1963

-         Labour in power

-         Britain in the world

-         Winston Churchill as peace Prime Minister

-         Eden’s government

-         The Macmillan years 1957-1963

Ch 32. The Welfare State 


-         Beveridge and after

-         The end of the welfare state?

Ch 33. The end of empire 

-         The concept of commonwealth

-         South Asia

-         Africa

-         The Mediterranean and the West Indies

-         Why the end?


Part 7: The Reshaping of Britain 1964-2007

Ch 34. Economic modernisation

-         The free-market economy

-         Economic decline or modernisation?

-         The European Union 1974-2007

-         Work, education and trade unions

-         Globalisation

Ch 35. Black Britain: ethnic minorities and multi-culturalism

-         The background to 1963

-         Patterns of migration, work and settlement

-         Multi-culturalism and resistance to it

-         Discrimination and rights

-         Religious identities

Ch 36. Media, youth and society

-         The media explosion

-         Youth culture

-         Whatever happened to class?

Ch 37. The gender revolution

-         Women’s liberation

-         The masculinity crisis

-         The sexual revolution

Ch 38. Politics from Wilson to Brown

-         Labour again 1964-1970

-         Heath’s government 1970-1974

-         Labour government 1974-1979

-         nbsp;        John Major 1990-1997

-         The ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland 1969-1998

-         Blair and Brown from 1997

Ch 39. Fragmentation and Europeanisation of Britain

-         Wales and Scotland

-         The new Europe 1956-1963

-         Labour and Europe 1964-1979

-         Towards the Europe Union 1979-2007

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