Synopses & Reviews
This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story of Britain and its people over two thousand years, from the coming of the Roman legions to the present day.
Edited by esteemed historian Kenneth O. Morgan, this informative volume illuminates the political, social, economic, and cultural developments of the British Isles. Ten leading historians including Peter Salway, John Morrill, and Morgan himself provide a penetrating and dramatic narrative, offering the fruits of the best modern scholarship to the general reader in authoritative form, complementing their text with carefully chosen pictures and maps. A vivid, sometimes surprising picture emerges of continuous turmoil and change in every period of Britains history. By exploring the many ways in which Britain has shaped and been shaped by contact with Europe and the wider world, this comprehensive book brings the modern reader face to face with the past and thus the foundations of modern British society.
The new edition brings the story into the twenty-first century, covering the changes to British society and culture during the Blair years and examining the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.
From the coming of the Roman legions to the present day, the Oxford Illustrated History of Britain tells the complete and enthralling story of Britain and her people over two thousand years, beautifully supplemented by over 200 superb black and white illustrations and 24 pages of vivid color plates. Edited by the distinguished historian Kenneth O. Morgan, this acclaimed work, written by a team of leading historians, has been completely updated for this revised edition. Since publication of the hardback in 1984, the book has sold almost half a million copies in its illustrated editions, as well as a further 170,000 in un-illustrated editions, making this impressive work one of the most widely read references on Britain's tumultuous history.
Praise of the first edition: Essential...something which every educated person will be expected to have read--Vernon Bogdanor, Encounter
A lively and stimulating overview...very readable--John Kenyon, Observer
All ten authors embody the very qualities which Kenneth Morgan hopes his quite exceptional history will instil in its readers: clarity, enthusiasm and even affection.--Times Educational Supplement
About the Author
Kenneth O. Morgan is honorary Fellow of the Queen's and Oriel Colleges, Oxford. From 1966 to 1989 he was Fellow and Praelector of Queen's; from 1989 to 1995 he was Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, and also Senior Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1993-5. He is the author of many major works on British history including Wales in British Politics, 1868-1922; The Age of Lloyd George; Keir Hardie: Radical and Socialist; Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980; Labour in Power, 1945-51; Consensus and Disunity: the Lloyd George Coalition Government, 1918-1922; Labour People: Leaders and Lieutenants, Hardie to Kinnock; The People's Peace: British History, 1945-1990; Modern Wales: Politics, Places and People; Callaghan: A Life; The Twentieth Century (A Very Short Intoduction); and Michael Foot: A Life. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1983, and became a life peer in 2000.