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Britain and Europe  

Geoff Hicks

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter presents a broad overview of the place of Europe and European questions in British political history. It establishes a sense of the historiographical context, considering in ... More

Britain and its Empire  

Martin Pugh

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2012
Traditionally, fascism in Britain has been seen in fairly narrow terms as a phenomenon of the 1930s associated with Sir Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists (BUF). This approach ... More

Britain and the Cold War, 1945–1990  

Klaus Larres

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Jan 2013
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Jan 2013
This chapter examines the role of Great Britain in the Cold War. It describes the condition and experiences of Britain from 1945 to 1990 and explores how Britain managed to maintain its ... More

The British Atlantic  

Joyce E. Chaplin

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
The phrase ‘British Atlantic’ brings together two terms that emerged rather belatedly (and perhaps unhelpfully) in the history of English colonisation. From the late seventeenth century ... More

The Challenge of Radicalism to 1832  

Gordon Pentland

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
Principally, Scottish historians have been concerned with three groups of questions. First, they have been exercised by the question of class: to what extent were popular politics, and ... More

Challenging the Union  

Iain McLean

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
The existential challenge to the Union began with the election of a disciplined cadre of MPs from the Irish Party in 1880, and culminated with the election of a Scottish National Party ... More

The Civil Service  

Hugh Pemberton

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
Despite current concerns with good governance and policy delivery, little serious attention has been paid to the institution vital to both: the Civil Service. This chapter places present ... More

Civil War and Revolution in England, Scotland, and Ireland  

Michael J. Braddick

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Mar 2015
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Dec 2014
This chapter reviews recent work on the English civil war and English Revolution, and related topics, including the Scottish Covenanters’ revolution, the Irish rising of 1641, Confederate ... More

Democracy  

James Thompson

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter seeks to bring out the interrelated quality of twentieth century discussions of democracy, drawing especially on debates in the 1930s and 1970s. It locates these within the ... More

Devolution  

James Mitchell

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter attempts to draw out comparisons and make sense of devolution as a UK-wide phenomenon. Devolution has taken a variety of forms at different times in different parts of the UK. ... More

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