The Twenty-five year period following the Second World War saw an enormous expansion of activity in the writing of the history of modern Britain, and with that expansion a major transformation of the state of knowledge in many parts of the area. First published in 1970, this Revivals reissue, which includes an extensive coverage of books and a reasonable selection of articles, endeavours both to survey the work done and to reduce it to some comprehensible order. It indicates achievements and probable lines of development, and collects the materials that have grown around the main controversies. Omitted are local history (in the main) and the history of empire and commonwealth, except where the latter really arises out of the affairs of the mother country. There are special sections on social history, the history of ideas, Scotland and Ireland.
1. Introduction 2. Works of Reference 3. Sources 4. General 5. The Sixteenth Century (1485-1603) 6. The Seventeenth Century (1603-1714) 7. The Eighteenth Century (1714-1815) 8. The Nineteenth Century (1815-1914) 9. The Twentieth Century (1914-1945) 10. Social History 11. History of Ideas 12. Scotland 13. Ireland