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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

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

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

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

Ideology in Action  

Jeremy Nuttall

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Apr 2018
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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

In Defence of Contemporary History  

Anthony Seldon

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter reflects on the practice of contemporary history and draws from the experience of researching and writing about recent British prime ministers. It argues that it is ... More

Introduction  

David Brown, Robert Crowcroft, and Gordon Pentland

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter introduces the volume by addressing and evaluating the idea of a ‘crisis’ within post-war political history in general and the political history of Britain in particular. It ... More

The Labour Party  

Lawrence Black

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
Whatever happened to labour history? In 2000, the Labour party’s centenary produced some dynamic and cutting-edge contributions to the field. Since then, however, some important ... More

Local Government  

Benjamin Weinstein

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Apr 2018
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This chapter considers the practices, cultures, and institutional development of local government between the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835 and the Scottish and Welsh Local Government ... More

The Monarchy  

Andrzej Olechnowicz

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter starts from the premise that royal history is not yet properly a part of political history, but ought to be. It first examines who has written about monarchy and how they have ... More

Parliament  

Philip Salmon

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter focuses on the changing functions and organization of Parliament in areas that have received less attention in existing scholarship. The ‘rise of democracy’ was not the only ... More

Parliamentary Reform  

Gordon Pentland

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter evaluates the large volume of creative scholarship that has reinterpreted and recast our understanding of the ‘heroic age’ of parliamentary reform before the early twentieth ... More

Petitioning and Demonstrating  

Henry Miller

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
Despite being the most popular and accessible form of political activity among ordinary people, petitioning has received remarkably little attention from modern British historians. This ... More

Political Communication  

Laura Beers

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter offers a critical overview of the emergence of different strands of historical enquiry into political communication, a term of art rarely used in Britain until the 1960s and ... More

Political Ideas and Languages  

David Craig

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
Both politicians and historians have circled nervously around the precise relationship between political ideas and political actions in the past 200 years. This chapter evaluates the ... More

Political Parties  

Angus Hawkins

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Apr 2018
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May 2018
This chapter examines the emergence, roles, and meanings of ‘party’ within British politics from the late eighteenth century to the present day. It traces the transition from ‘mixed’ ... More

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