Synopses & Reviews
This text, which is the third volume in the best-selling History of England series, tells how a small and insignificant outpost of the Roman empire evolved into a nation that has produced and disseminated so many significant ideas and institutions. The Eighth Edition incorporates more women's history, while continuing to provide balanced political and economic coverage with social and cultural history woven throughout.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-348) and index.
Table of Contents
I. The Fruits of Revolution: 1688 to 1714 1. The Glorious Revolution King and Parliament The Reign of James II (1685-1688) The Role of William Whigs and Tories The Revolution Settlement in England The Turnabout in Foreign Policy The Revolution Settlement in Ireland Financial Innovations 2. The Reign of Queen Anne The War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713) England and Scotland: Uneasy Union Administration and Politics in Wartime The Twilight of the Stuart Era (1710-1714) II. The Whig Oligarchy: 1714 to 1763 3. The Structure of Society The England of Gregory King The Aristocracy and the Gentry The Farmers Merchants and Artisans Life in London The Roles of Women The Poor Law 4. Politics in the Age of Walpole The Defeat of Toryism The Cabinet and Parliament Local Government Years of Instability (1714-1722) The Walpole Machine The Years of Stability (1727-1738) Britain and the Wider World The Coming of War with Spain (1738-1739) Walpole: The Legacy 5. The Winning of Empire The Expansion of the Conflict (1739-1740) The Nature of Eighteenth-Century Warfare The War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748) Reversal of Alliances and Renewal of War (1748-1757) The Rise of William Pitt The Years of Victory (1758-1760) The Peace of Paris The Price of Victory 6. Eighteenth-Century Views of the World England and the Enlightenment Scotland and the Enlightenment The Role of Religion The Augustan Era in English Literature The World of Lord Chesterfield The World of Samuel Johnson III. Forces of Change: 1760 to 1789 7. The Age of George III The Character of the King The Politics of the 1760s The Case of John Wilkes The Radical Impulse 8. The Loss of Empire The American Problem The Decade of Wobbling (1761-1770) The Coming of War (1770-1775) The Civil War (1775-1778) The World War (1778-1783) Disunion at Home The Peace Settlement 9. The Coming of Industry The Eighteenth-Century Population Explosion Industrialization: The Prerequisites Industrialization: The Process The Social Consequences 10. A Pause Between Storms The Great Landlords The Religious Revival Humanitarian Movements Pitt and Reform Empire in India Conclusion IV. War and Its Aftermath: 1789 to 1830 11. The Struggle Against the French Revolution French Revolutionaries and British Reformers Burke and the New Conservatism The War in Europe (1793-1797) The Impact of War at Home The Naval Conflict (1793-1797) The Egyptian Expedition (1798) The War of the Second Coalition (1799-1801) The Irish Crisis (1797-1801) The Peace of Amiens (1802) 12. The Napoleonic Wars The War at Sea (1803-1805) The War of the Third Coalition (1805-1807) The Continental System (1807-1809) The British Counterattack (1810-1811) The American and Russian Wars (1812) The Fall of Napoleon (1813-1815) 13. The Twilight of Aristocracy The Settlement of 1815 Britain's Breach with the Concert (1815-1823) The Tory Reaction (1815-1822) The Prince Regent and Regency England Crisis in the Near East (1821-1830) Moderate Toryism (1822-1827) The Disruption of the Tories (1827-1830) The Reform Program Epilogue Appendix Bibliography Index