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The Companion To British History

Author: Charles Arnold-Baker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317400402
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First published in 1996, this comprehensive guide to the history of Britain and its peoples will be indispensable reading for the general enthusiast, as well as students. It is packed full of fascinating detail on everything from Hadrian’s Wall to the Black Death to Tony Blair. The book was assembled over more than thirty years and has seen updates in three editions. "He has done for historical encyclopaedias what Samuel Johnson did for dictionaries." Andrew Roberts, The Daily Telegraph "An astonishing synthesis of information." Roger Scruton, The Times "An astonishing achievement, a compelling book for dipping into, a splendid work." Simon Hoggart, The Guardian "This marvellous book, which contains tens of thousands of historical facts will enlighten, amuse, and inform. Every home should have one." Simon Heffer, The Daily Mail "If you were marooned on that mythical desert island with only one history book, this would be the one to take. Buy three copies – one for the children, one for the grandchildren- and one for yourself." John Charmley, The Daily Telegraph

The Oxford Companion To British History

Author: John Cannon
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199677832
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Here, in a single convenient volume, is the essential reference book for anyone with an interest in British history. First published in 1997, under the editorship of the late John Cannon and in consultation with over 100 distinguished contributors, this Companion has now been updated by Robert Crowcroft to include the very latest scholarship and research. It describes and analyses the people and events that have shaped and defined life in Britain over more than 2,000 years of political, social, and cultural change, encompassing topics as diverse as the War of the Roses, the Blitz, Stonehenge, Henry VIII, the suffragettes, the industrial revolution, the NHS, the Suez Crisis, the TUC, and the Afghan campaign. Over 4,500 entries provide a wealth of fact and insight on all aspects of the subject and from a variety of perspectives, including social, political, military, cultural, economic, scientific, and feminist. Entries cover not only monarchs, battles, and political events, but also the wider aspects of British history over the centuries. New entries on topics such as alternative vote, the 2008 financial crisis, Olympics in Britain, and the Scottish Independence Referendum, and UKIP ensure that the Companion remains relevant and current. Useful appendices include maps and genealogies, as well as a subject index. Coverage includes authors, composers and musicians, legal and technical terms, newspapers and periodicals, ranks and orders, sport and leisure, and scholarship and education. For those who like to explore history on the ground, there are also entries on individual counties, cathedrals, and churches, palaces and royal residences, and a range of other sites of historical significance. As well as providing reliable factual information, the Companion also offers detailed interpretation and analysis, giving readers a sense of how events and personalities relate to each other, whilst its multi-disciplinary approach places topics in a wide context. Whether you need to check the date of the Peasants' Revolt, understand what happened at the Battle of Imphal, find out about the history of maypoles, or compare the careers of successive Princes of Wales, The Oxford Companion to British History is a book no home reference shelf should be without.

The Oxford Companion To British History

Author: John Ashton Cannon
ISBN: 9780198605140
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The Britain of 55 BC was a very different place to the Britain of 2002. The main preoccupation back then was fear of Roman invasion; there was no genetically modified food, no New Labour, no Mad Cow's Disease, and no Euro, all things which are making history today. The Oxford Companion toBritish History, first published in 1997, described in Writing Magazine as 'the ultimate in reference books', details and analyses the people and events that have shaped and defined life in Britain over 2,000 years of political, social, and cultural change.In over 4,000 entries, under the editorial guidance of John Cannon, over 100 distinguished contributors offer a wealth of information and insight into the social, political, economic, scientific, cultural, and military aspects of the history of Britain. As well as the expected kings, queens,leaders, and battles, topics as diverse as gibbeting (the exhibiting of corpses of executed criminals in public), Eadgyth (the mistress of Harold II), truck (the payment of wages in food and kind) and buses (road vehicles carrying passengers by short stages on fixed routes) can be found within theA-Z entries.Now available for the first time in paperback, the text has now been updated and revised to take into account the events, people, and institutions that have made their mark over the past four years. The new and re-written entries that make this revised edition also broaden the already extensivecoverage further, bringing the text in line with the year 2002.New and re-written entries include:Culture: advertisingPeople: Paddy Ashdown, Betty Boothroyd, Gordon Brown, Wilkie Collins, Clement Davies, John Dee, Iain Duncan Smith, William Etty, Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Gissing, Joseph Grimond, William Hague, John Harrison, Charles Kennedy, Dan Leno, L. S. Lowry, James Molyneaux, George Robey,David Rothesay, David Steel, William Stubbs, Jeremy Thorpe, David Trimble, Prince WilliamPlaces: American cemetery, Burley-on-the-hill, diocese of Chester, Clarendon palace, Kenwood, diocese of Liverpool, Mozambique, Pembroke castle, Yorkshire East RidingIssues: democracy, devolution, maps, referenda, terrorismEvents: battle of New Orleans, Nootka Sound crisis, Ochakov crisisIn addition to A-Z entries the Companion includes a section of maps showing Roman Britain, Anglo-Saxon England and early Scotland, Wales in the 13th century, the Angevin Empire, English and Welsh dioceses in 1543, the English Civil War, British and Irish counties, urban development, Europe in theFirst World War, the retreat from empire, and German hegemony in the Second World War. There are also a number of genealogies of the Saxons, Danes, and Normans, Glyndwr's ancestry, the houses of Lancaster and York, the Tudors and the Stuarts, the Stuart and Hanoverian lines, and Victoria and herdescendants. There is also a subject index, which groups headwords into thematic batches to provide an alternative way of accessing the entries.

The Columbia Companion To British History

Author: Juliet Gardiner
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231107921
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Over four thousand entries cover important individuals, events, organizations, movements, and concepts in the political, social, economic, religious, and cultural history of Great Britain

The Oxford Companion To Black British History

Author: David Dabydeen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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A unique A-Z guide to the history of black people in the British Isles from classical times to the present day. With entries for landmark figures (e.g. Mary Seacole, Crimean nurse), key events (the Brixton Riots), concepts (Emancipation), and historical accounts. Wide-ranging coverage from medicine and warfare to art, music, sport, and education.

The Routledge Companion To Britain In The Twentieth Century

Author: Mark Clapson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134476949
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The Routledge Companion to Twentieth-Century Britain is a jargon-free guide to the social, economic and political history of Britain since 1900. Opening with a general introduction and overview of twentieth century Britain, the book contains a wealth of chronologies, facts and figures, introductions to major themes, the historiography of twentieth century Britain, a guide to sources and resources, biographies of the most important figures and a dictionary of key terms, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to this key period of change and development in this most urban of nations. From the outbreak of World War One, to the introduction of the NHS, to the first television set, this book covers in detail some of the most important events that shaped twentieth-century Britain. Topics discussed include: class: the working and middle classes gender: women’s history ethnicity: immigration and the idea of multicultural Britain social policy: poverty and welfare economic paradox: decline and affluence economic change: manufacturing and services popular culture: music, fashion, sports, screen liberalisation: Victorian Values and permissiveness political parties: the major and minor parties governments: achievements and problems the wider world: Ireland; decolonization; European integration. Packed with useful information, this guide will be an indispensable reference tool for all those seeking an introduction to twentieth century British history.

A Companion To Britain In The Later Middle Ages

Author: S. H. Rigby
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470998776
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This authoritative survey of Britain in the later Middle Ages comprises 28 chapters written by leading figures in the field. Covers social, economic, political, religious, and cultural history in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales Provides a guide to the historical debates over the later Middle Ages Addresses questions at the leading edge of historical scholarship Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading

Longman Companion To Britain Since 1945

Author: Chris Cook
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317879953
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This timely new edition of the Longman Companion to Britain since 1945 (compiled by the series editors themselves) provides a wide-ranging compendium of key facts and figures on British history from the start of the landmark Attlee government in 1945 to the final years of the 1990s. The book embraces all major aspects of British history, government and society, reflecting the massive social, political and economic changes that have transformed the face of Britain since the end of the Second World War. Fully revised and updated, this new edition covers the advent of Tony Blair, the electoral victory of New Labour in 1997 and the major constitutional changes currently underway in Britain. This book will be invaluable to anyone interested in the history and politics of post-war Britain - from students and teachers to party activists and lovers of reader-friendly reference books.