In this, the second edition of A Social History of England, Francois Bédarida has added a new final chapter on the last fifteen years.
The book now traces the evolution of English society from the height of the British Empire to the dawn of the single European market. Making full use of the Annales school of French historiography, Bédarida takes his inquiry beyond conventional views to penetrate the attitudes, behaviour and psychology of the British people.
Reviews of the first edition:
'An outstanding, perceptive study probably even more needed by British students than French ones.' - Arthur Marwick, History
'… Bedarida constantly opens fresh perspectives on a familiar landscape … It is an outsider's view of England from the pen of one whose continuous research and activity in English social history has made him an honorary and honoured member of the English professional society.' - Economic History Review