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Allegiance, Dual Citizenship, and the Ethnic Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy  

David Brundage

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Aug 2016
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Jan 2014
Following a discussion of what some scholars have seen as “divided loyalties” among immigrants, this article surveys the history of the ethnic influence on U.S. foreign policy from the ... More

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

The Democratic Moment: The Revolution and Popular Politics  

Ray Raphael

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Dec 2012
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Dec 2012
Direct democracy was practiced within town meetings in colonial New England, driven by four overarching principles. First, citizens had a political voice as members of a specific ... 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

The Emergence of Diplomacy  

Paul Dover and Hamish Scott

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Jul 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter charts the emergence of diplomacy in its modern sense—the peaceful and continuous management of relations between states—during the early modern centuries. It was brought ... More

The Empire That Britain Kept  

Eliga H. Gould

Published in print:
Dec 2012
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Dec 2012
William Augustus Bowles was a loyalist soldier during the American Revolution who also acted as an agent for the British governor of the Bahamas. Had events gone his way, he could have ... 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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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

The Impact of the War on British Politics  

Harry T. Dickinson

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Dec 2012
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Dec 2012
The length, extent, and scale of the American Revolution had a profound impact on political developments across the British Isles. Britain was forced to send the largest army ever to cross ... 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

Independence before and during the Revolution  

Benjamin H. Irvin

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Dec 2012
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Dec 2012
Historians of the American Revolution have long argued that American colonists were late and reluctant to sever ties with Britain. They characterized American independence as a natural and ... More

Introduction  

David Brown, Robert Crowcroft, and Gordon Pentland

Published in print:
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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May 2018
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

Published in print:
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

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