By Michael F. Graham
Thomas Aikenhead, a pupil on the collage of Edinburgh, was once hanged for blasphemy in 1697. His tale brings jointly the various severe subject matters in Scottish and British heritage in an period of transition from the progressive upheavals of the hugely confessionalized 17th century to the extra open civil society which got here to represent the Enlightenment. Aikenhead's perspectives, which puzzled the origins of Scripture, the old elements of Moses and Jesus, and the assumed superiority of Christianity over different doctrines, may later seem within the mainstream of Enlightenment discourse. yet in 1696-7 they have been poisonous. Michael Graham's microhistory, the 1st of its sort, areas his tale firmly within the social and political context of Edinburgh and Scotland within the 1690s whereas even as determining the impacts on his pondering, the criminal matters raised by way of his trial and the methods it used to be considered through contemporaries in Scotland and England. The Aikenhead case illuminates a few issues in late-seventeenth-century heritage:
* The effect of books and interpreting
* the expansion of upper schooling
* the character of "public opinion" in Britain extra quite often, because the case used to be coated in newspapers released in London
* The methods laws was once drafted and used
* The fissures within the non secular politics of england after the "Glorious Revolution."
By Stephen Saunders Webb
students of British the United States typically finish that the early eighteenth-century Anglo-American empire used to be advertisement in economics, liberal in politics, and parochial in coverage, somnambulant in an period of salutary neglect,” yet Stephen Saunders Webb right here demonstrates that the yankee provinces, below the spur of conflict, turned capitalist, coercive, and competitive, due to the full of life management of profession military officials, knowledgeable and nominated to American executive by means of the captain common of the allied armies, the 1st duke of Marlborough, and that his impact, and that of his legates, prevailed during the complete century in America.
Webb’s paintings follows the duke, whom an eloquent enemy defined as the maximum statesman and the best common that this nation or the other nation has produced,” his employees and squaddies, throughout the ten campaigns, which, by way of defanging France, made the union with Scotland attainable and made Great Britain” preeminent within the Atlantic international. Then Webb demonstrates that the duke’s legates remodeled American colonies into provinces of empire. Marlborough’s America, fifty years within the making, is the fourth quantity of The Governors-General.
By B. Golding
1066 continues to be essentially the most memorable dates in British background. during this obtainable textual content, Brian Golding explores the historical past to the Norman invasion, the method of colonisation, and the impression of the Normans on English society.
Thoroughly revised and up-to-date in mild of the newest scholarship, the second one version of this verified textual content positive factors solely new sections on:
• the colonisation of towns
• ladies and the Conquest
• the influence of the Conquest at the peasantry.
Ideal for college students, students and common readers alike, Conquest and Colonisation is a vital creation to this pivotal interval in British history.
By Jeremy Black
By Lesley M. Smith (eds.)
By Jamie L. Bronstein
Empire, kingdom, and Society assesses the exterior and inner forces in the back of Britain's transformation from international superpower to its present place within the twenty-first century. The authors supply an obtainable and balanced advent, that's thoughtfully geared up for ease of use for either scholars and teachers.
- Offers a vital comparative size which units the event of england along that of twenty-first-century superpower, the USA of America
- Draws on fresh scholarship to supply a hugely present perspective
- Organised to permit professors to assign readings with roughly intensity as pupil talents and path lengths allow
- Written in a method that's utterly obtainable and interesting for undergraduates in either the united states and the UK
By Malcolm I. Thomis
By Emma Kay
From conventional beach vacation treats like sweet floss, ice cream and fish 'n' chips, to the British fascination for cooking and baking, the Victorian period has formed British culinary history. Victoria's austere angle after an age of Regency indulgence generated huge, immense cultural swap. extra and gluttony have been changed with inflexible culture and morally upright values, and Victoria’s huge relatives grew to become the guts of the cultural mind's eye, with the ability to start new traditions. If Queen Victoria's family members sat all the way down to turkey on Christmas day, so did the remainder of the state.
Food was once an important a part of the Victorians’ lives, whether or not they had an excessive amount of of it or now not sufficient. The destitute will be fed gruel within the workhouses; the resounding phrases of Dickens’s Oliver with an empty bowl of gruel are evoked: ‘Please, sir, i need a few more.' the choice road vitamin sparked a complete new team of ‘mudlarks’, trotter boilers, nutrients slop investors and sewer ‘toshers’, to call yet a couple of. think Glastonbury nutrition working within the Portaloo part, and this is able to cross a way to describing the scene. prosperous Victorians feasted to extra, yet additionally they struggled with the antithesis of this, with their trust that the keep an eye on and denial of foodstuff have been similar to fit ethical values. trip via Britain’s nutrition historical past with Emma Kay and become aware of the attention-grabbing, ugly and lovely culinary traditions of the Victorians.
By Francis Michael Longstreth Thompson
Quantity explores the questions of social constitution, social mobility and sophistication kin. kinfolk and loved ones, the social implications of demographic swap, jobs, operating and housing stipulations, and family members family have been all an important components within the shaping of crew realization; those shape the most topics of this quantity. With chapters on food, styles of food and drinks intake and relaxation actions, a finished review is equipped up at the manner the social order has been replaced.
By Winston S. Churchill, Jeffrey Webb
Winston S. Churchill's A background of the English conversing Peoples is the literary masterwork of the 20 th century's maximum historic determine. starting with Marlborough's victory at Blenheim in 1704 and finishing with Wellington's defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, Churchill recounts Britain's upward push to international management over the process the eighteenth century. during this quantity Churchill offers a superb representation of his precise literary voice, including an creation to his recommendations at the forces that form human affairs.