At its peak, no empire had ever been larger or more diverse. With power and influence stretching to the far reaches of the globe, Britannia not only ruled the waves but governed roughly a quarter of the world's population.
Imperial Island: A History of Britain and its Empire, 1660-1837 traces Great Britain's imperial path from the Stuart Restoration of 1660 to its emergence in the nineteenth century as a dominant global superpower. More than a century of fast-moving political events such as the American Revolution and Napoleonic wars are seamlessly interwoven with England and Scotland's political, social, and economic history. Also discussed are the rapidly-evolving environmental factors, cultural issues, and gender relations taking place in Britain as it carved out its empire. The result is a comprehensive and sweeping account of Britain's expansion and the transformative role that empire played throughout its global territories.
Organized into thematic chapters set within a clear, chronological framework, and supported by numerous illustrations and maps, Imperial Island is the ideal text for students, who need no prior knowledge of British history
About The Author:
Paul Kléber Monod holds the Barton Hepburn Chair in History at Middlebury College. He is the author of Jacobitism and the English People, 1688-1788 (1989); The Power of Kings: Monarchy and Religion in Europe, 1588-1714 (1999); and The Murder of Mr. Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town (2003).
Table Of Contents:
List of Illustrations vii
List of Maps ix
A Note on Currency xiii
Frequently Used Abbreviations xiv
Part I Nations, Lands, Peoples 1
1 Nations and Kingdoms 3
2 Landscapes in Motion 17
3 Knowing One's Place 32
Part II Party Strife and Revolution, 1660-1689 49
4 The Culture of Politics 51
5 Preserving the Constitution 61
6 A Disjointed Empire 78
Part III The Legacy of Revolution, 1689-1722 97
7 The Fortunes of War, 1689-1710 99
8 The Crisis of the Hanoverian Succession, 1710-1722 117
9 Art, Science, and Politics 132
Part IV State and Empire, 1722-1760 145
10 Whigs and Patriots 147
11 Polite Society and Its Discontents 170
12 An Empire Emerging 190
Part V The Fall of the First British Empire, 1760-1784 205
13 The Patriot King, 1760-1770 207
14 The American Crisis, 1770-1784 222
15 The Wealth of a Nation 241
Part VI Britain Against Revolution, 1783-1815 259
16 The Nation Preserved 261
17 Remaking the Empire 283
18 Enlightened Culture 301
Part VII A New Order Begins, 1815-1837 317
19 The State Reformed 319
20 A Class Society 339
21 Imperial Portraits 359
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|Book:||Imperial Island: A History Of Britain And Its Empire, 1660-1837|
|Author:||Paul Kleber Monod|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
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