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    Wilfrid Prest(Author)

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During the century and a half between the return of the Stuart monarchy in 1660 and the battle of Waterloo, England gradually emerged as the most formidable superpower the world had yet seen. This is a one-volume overview of a remarkable transformation, from domestic instability and external weakness to global economic and military predominance. Taking account of recent historical scholarship, it provides an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of both domestic developments and foreign involvements. Although the main focus is on England and Wales, the wider British context of Ireland and Scotland, and the reciprocal interrelations of England, Europe, and the wider world are also considered. Cultural, economic, and social analysis are framed within a shaped narrative of political and religious change, which allows the voices of the past to speak directly to modern readers, looks at ordinary people as well as the ruling elite, and is sensitive to the distinctive nature of women's experience. This book is intended for history undergraduates doing courses in British History during the 17th and 18th centuries and also for general readers.

'A clear and reliable introduction for students.' * Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature * ' An excellent overview of Britain in the 18th Century, giving an important historical grounding against which cultural history students can set the key thinkers and literary works of the age.' * Dr Leigh Clayton, University of Aberdeen * 'Admirable contribution to a series.' * Ernst Wangermann, University of Salzburg/EHR * 'Students and general readers are likely to find this book useful . . . Prest offers some telling and nice observations. ... Many students will be grateful for the help he provides in finding ways through the murky shoals of long-standing debates about the industrial revolution. ... Throughout the book, he brings detachment and balance to the often difficult and fractured historiography of the period. ... The book is clearly structured and easy to use, and the writing is never less than clear. It also includes a chronology and, more importantly, a useful guide to further reading.' * Bob Harris, University of Dundee, in History * --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Wilfrid Prest is at University of Adelaide. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 384 pages
  • Wilfrid Prest(Author)
  • Oxford University Press (September 3, 1998)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By greene_man on August 31, 2013

    Between 1660 and 1815, England went from being an second rate island nation on the edge of Europe to financial and military dominance. Prest manages to narrate this transformation in less than 400 pages along with further notes. This was required reading for a college course and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.


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