The British Isles is a multi-national arena, but its history has traditionally been studied from a distinctively English -- often, indeed, London -- perspective. Now, however, the interweaving of the distinct but mutually-dependent histories of the four nations is at the heart of some of the liveliest historical research today. In this major contribution to that research, eleven leading scholars consider key aspects of the internal relations of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in the early modern period, and the problems of accommodating different -- and resistant -- cultures to a single centralizing polity.
The contributors are: Sarah Barber; Toby Barnard; Ciaran Brady; Keith M. Brown; Jane Dawson; Steven G. Ellis; David Hayton; Philip Jenkins; Alan Macinnes; Michael Mac Craith; and John Morrill.
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List of abbreviations.
Introduction: the concept of British history.
1. The fashioning of Britain.
2. Tudor state formation and the shaping of the British Isles.
3. Comparable histories? Tudor reform in Wales and Ireland.
4. Anglo-Scottish protestant culture and integration in 16th century Britain.
5. The Anglian Church and the unity of Britain: the Welsh experience, 1560-1714.
6. The Gaelic reaction to the Reformation.
7. Gaelic culture in the 17th century: polarisation and assimilation.
8. Scotland and Ireland under the Commonwealth: a question of loyalty.
9. The origins of a British aristocracy: integration and its limitation before the treaty of Union.
10. Scotland and Ireland in the later Stewart monarchy.
11. Constitutional experiments and political expediency.
Conclusion: a state of Britishness?