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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

The Economy  

Jim Tomlinson

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter falls into two unequal parts. The first charts, broadly chronologically, the shifting understandings, historical and historiographical, of the role of the state in economic ... More

Elections  

Luke Blaxill

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter evaluates the two principal methodologies adopted in studying elections over the past 200 years. The first prominently features ‘psephological’ analyses of aggregate voting ... More

English Politics in the 1650s  

David L. Smith

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Mar 2015
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Nov 2014
This chapter examines politics in England from the regicide of Charles I in 1649 to the restoration of Charles II in 1660. Its central theme is the persistent tension that existed between ... More

The English Revolution in British and Irish Context  

John Morrill 

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Mar 2015
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Dec 2014
This essay discusses a central theme of this volume—that the civil wars occurred both within and between three kingdoms with a single king. The Covenanters’ protest in Scotland followed an ... More

Eugenics in Britain: The View from the Metropole  

Lucy Bland and Lesley Hall

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the impact of eugenics in Britain. It discusses eugenics as a biological way of thinking about social, economic, political, and cultural change. It gives scientific ... More

High Politics  

Steven Fielding

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
A focus on the national institutions of the British state and the men who populated them was the first means by which many understood ‘political history’. This ‘high politics’ remains a ... More

History of Sport and Religion in the United States and Britain  

Amy Koehlinger

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May 2017
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May 2017
This chapter surveys scholarly writing about the intersection of religion and sport in the United States and Britain. It reviews the dominant historiography of works on religion and ... More

Identity within the Union State, 1800–1900  

Graeme Morton

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
Radicalism peaked in Scotland in the 1790s, and would continue to rumble into the 1820s, and beyond that, into Chartism and suffrage disputes. Coming out of the eighteenth century, the ... More

Ideology in Action  

Jeremy Nuttall

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter explores what its author sees as three of the most important, and closely related, recent historiographical themes relating to the articulation but also the impact of British ... More

Imperial Policy  

Simon Smith

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter examines British external policy against the background of the expansion of the British empire up to the end of the First World War and its long and uneven demise thereafter. ... More

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