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The Peoples of the British Isles

A New History. From 1688 to the Present

Fourth Edition

Thomas William Heyck and Meredith Veldman

Publication Date - June 2015

ISBN: 9780190615543


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Retail Price to Students: $149.99


The new edition of The Peoples of the British Isles presents the history of the peoples of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales from prehistoric times to the present. Through the frameworks of cultural, intellectual, and social history, the authors examine the conflicts and commonalities among the people of these four nations. The book focuses throughout on the lives of real people-how they made a living, how they organized their society and institutions, how they related to each other, and how they understood themselves and their world.

This new, combined volume covers the period following the Revolution of 1688 and the coronation of William of Orange through present day Britain. Heyck and Veldman deftly explore the British Isles' changing place in the world, and the implications of those changes for its people.

New to this Edition

  • This volume of the new edition combines what was once Volume II and III into a single volume appropriate for use in either a single term or two term course
  • Includes expanded coverage of Thatcher's Britain, popular culture, and the lives of women


  • Covers the formation of the British nation-state and the evolution of the British national identity
  • Focuses on the emergence, expansion, and decline of the British Empire in the context of a changing global economic order
  • Looks at the interplay of international warfare and domestic political change
  • Examines the implications of Britain's changing role in the world for social identites and gender roles

Table of Contents

    Part I The Age of the Landed Oligarchy, 1688-1763
    1 The Lands and Peoples of the British lsles at the End of the Seventeenth Century
    2 The Revolution of 1688 and the Revolution Settlement
    3 Society and Economy in Eighteenth-Century England
    4 Political Structure and Politics in Augustan England
    5 Religion, Rationality, and Recreation: Culture in Eighteenth-Century England
    6 Scotland in the Eighteenth Century?1?
    7 The Expansion of British Power and Empire, 1715-1763

    Part II The Age of Revolutions, 1763-1815
    8 The Crisis of Empire, 1763-1783
    9 The Rise of the Protestant Nation in Ireland
    10 The Triple Revolution, 1760-1815
    11 The War Against the French Revolution, 1789-1815
    12 Intellectual and Spiritual Revolutions, 1780-1815

    Part III The Rise of Victorian Society, 1815-1870
    13 The Emerging Class Society, 1815-1850
    14 Politics and the State, 1815-1850
    15 Ireland from the Union to the Famine
    16 Mid-Victorian Society and Culture, 1850-1870
    17 The Overflow of Power: British Empire and Foreign Policy, 1815-1870

    Part IV The Decline of Victorian Britain, 1870-1914
    18 Upheaval in Economy and Society, 1870-1914
    19 Crisis of Confidence, 1870-1914
    20 Revival on the Celtic Fringe
    21 Politics and the State, 1867-1914
    22 The British Empire and the Coming of War, 1870-1914

    Part V An Age of Total War, 1914-1945
    23 The Great War, 1914-1918
    24 The War and the Celtic Countries: Ireland Leaves the Union, 1914-1923
    25 Economy, Society, and Culture Between the Wars, 1919-1939
    26 Politics, Power, and the Coming of War, 1919-1939
    27 Britain and World War II

    Part VI Britain in the Postwar World, 1945-2014
    28 Welfare, Affluence, and Consensus: Culture and Society, 1945-1970
    29 Illusions of Power: International and Domestic Politics, 1945-1970
    30 The End of Consensus, 1970-1990
    31 Post-Thatcher Britain, 1990-2014
    32 The Question of Britain: The Celtic Countries, 1945-2014

    A Kings and Queens of Great Britain, 1685-2014
    B Chief Cabinet Ministers, 1721-2014

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