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Studies In Modern History


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General editors: John Morrill and David Cannadine

This series, intended primarily for students, will tackle significant historical issues in concise volumes which are both stimulating and scholarly. The authors combine a broad approach, explaining the current state of our knowledge in the area, with their own research and judgements. The topics chosen range widely in subject, period and place.

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Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500

Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500

3rd Edition

Hugh Cunningham
July 09, 2020

Updated to incorporate recent scholarship on the subject, this new edition of Hugh Cunningham’s classic text investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, and assesses how it has changed over the span of 500 years. Through his engaging ...

The British Working Class 1832-1940

The British Working Class 1832-1940

1st Edition

Andrew August
March 29, 2007

In this insightful new study, Andrew August examines the British working class in the period when Britain became a mature industrial power, working men and women dominated massive new urban populations, and the extension of suffrage brought them into the political nation for the first time.  ...

Imperial Meridian The British Empire and the World 1780-1830

Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World 1780-1830

1st Edition

C. A. Bayly
June 05, 1989

In this impressive and ambitious survey Dr Bayly studies the rise, apogee and decline of what has come to be called `the Second British Empire' -- the great expansion of British dominion overseas (particularly in Asia and the Middle East) during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era that, ...

Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England 1558-1689

Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England 1558-1689

1st Edition

John Coffey
November 06, 2000

This fascinating work is the first overview of its subject to be published in over half a century. The issues it deals with are key to early modern political, religious and cultural history.The seventeenth century is traditionally regarded as a period of expanding and extended liberalism, when ...

Pax Britannica? British Foreign Policy 1789-1914

Pax Britannica?: British Foreign Policy 1789-1914

1st Edition

Muriel E. Chamberlain
January 23, 1989

Pax Britannica? is a study of Britain's international role and foreign policy during the century of her imperial greatness. The study shows how her foreign policy was affected, and to some extent, dictated by her domestic political issues. In her stimulating and readable study, Dr Chamberlain ...

Popular Radicalism The Working Class Experience 1780-1880

Popular Radicalism: The Working Class Experience 1780-1880

1st Edition

D. G. Wright
February 08, 1988

This well-argued and richly-detailed book concludes that the working-class radical movement was never able to prove a serious challenge to the stability of the British state; and, in fact, achieved very little in these years, except when operating in conjunction with the political movements and ...

The American Irish A History

The American Irish: A History

1st Edition

Kevin Kenny
July 03, 2000

 The American Irish: A History, is the first concise, general history of its subject in a generation. It provides a long-overdue synthesis of Irish-American history from the beginnings of emigration in the early eighteenth century to the present day. While most previous accounts of the subject...

A History of African-American Leadership

A History of African-American Leadership

3rd Edition

John White, Bruce J. Dierenfield
April 26, 2012

The story of black emancipation is one of the most dramatic themes of American history, covering racism, murder, poverty and extreme heroism. Figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are the demigods of the freedom movements, both film and household figures. This major text explores the ...

The European Colonial Empires 1815-1919

The European Colonial Empires: 1815-1919

1st Edition

H. L. Wesseling
June 03, 2004

The nineteenth century was Europe's colonial century. At the beginning of the period, the only colonial empire that existed was the British Empire. By the end of the century the situation was completely different and Europe's colonial possessions had come to constitute a large part of the world. ...

Britannia Overruled British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century

Britannia Overruled: British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century

2nd Edition

David Reynolds
July 24, 2000

This book brings together the often separated histories of diplomacy, defence, economics and empire in a provocative reinterpretation of British 'decline'. It also offers a broader reflection on the nature of international power and the mechanisms of policymaking. For this Second Edition,...

Sweet Land of Liberty? The African-American Struggle for Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century

Sweet Land of Liberty?: The African-American Struggle for Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Robert Cook
October 08, 1997

A powerful and moving account of the campaign for civil rights in modern America. Robert Cook is concerned less with charismatic leaders like Martin Luther King, and more with the ordinary men and women who were mobilised by the grass-roots activities of civil-rights workers and community leaders. ...

East India Company , The A History

East India Company , The: A History

1st Edition

Philip Lawson
September 06, 1993

This is the first short history of the East India Company from its founding in 1600 to its demise in 1857, designed for students and academics. The Company was central to the growth of the British Empire in India, to the development of overseas trade, and to the rise of shareholder capitalism, so ...

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