The Oxford History of Britain: 2021 edition (Updated Edition)

ISBN : 9780198841111

Kenneth O. Morgan
896 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Feb 2021


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  • Covers all aspects of British history, consensus, and conflict over the two millenia, up to Brexit.
  • A best-seller, aimed equally at the specialist scholar and the general reader.
  • The ten authors are all acclaimed authorities on their respective periods and themes, the majority being fellows of the British Academy.

New to this Edition: 

  • This new edition includes a new chapter on the 21st century and an updated epilogue. Morgan explores what has happened in Britain since 2000 and up until 2020: the invasion of Iraq alongside the USA; the rise in terrorist attacks; the 2011 riots; Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee; the London 2012 Olympics; the vote to leave the European Union; Theresa May becoming the second female Prime Minister of the UK, and more.

A new edition of this best-selling history of Britain, from Roman times, now updated to cover the first decade of the 21st century.
The Oxford History of Britain tells the story of Britain and its people over two thousand years, from the coming of the Roman legions to the present day. Encompassing political, social, economic, and cultural developments throughout the British Isles, the dramatic narrative is taken up in turn by ten leading historians who offer the fruits of the best modern scholarship to the general reader in an authoritative form.
A vivid, sometimes surprising picture emerges of a continuous turmoil of change in every period, and the wider social context of political and economic tension is made clear. But consensus, no less than conflict, is a part of the story: in focusing on elements of continuity down the centuries, the authors bring out that special awareness of identity which has been such a distinctive feature of British society. By relating both these factors in the British experience, and by exploring the many ways in which Britain has shaped and been shaped by contact with Europe and the wider world, this landmark work brings the reader face to face with the past, and the foundations of modern British society.
This updated new edition (by the original editor) adds great richness by taking the story down from the economic crisis of 2008 to the conflict over Europe at the present day.


Forward to the new edition
1:Roman Britain (c. 55 BC - c. AD 440), Peter Salway
2:The Anglo-Saxon Period (c. 440-1066), John Blair
3:The Early Middle Ages (1066-1290), John Gillingham
4:The Later Middle Ages (1290-1485), Ralph A. Griffiths
5:The Tudor Age (1485-1603), John Guy
6:The Stuarts (1603-1688), John Morrill
7:The Eighteenth Century (1688-1789), Paul Langford
8:Revolution and the Rule of Law (1789-1851), Christopher Harvie
9:The Liberal Age (1851-1914), H. C. G. Matthew
10:The Twentieth Century (1914-2000), Kenneth O. Morgan
11:A New Millennium (2000-2008), Kenneth O. Morgan
12:From Crash to Brexit (2008-2020)
Further Reading
Genealogies of Royal Lines
Prime Ministers 1721-2019

About the author: 

Edited by Kenneth O. Morgan, Visiting Professor, King's College London
Kenneth O. Morgan is a working peer in the House of Lords and a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Contemporary British History, King's College London. From 1966 to 1989 he was Fellow and Praelector of Queen's; from 1989 to 1995 he was Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, and also Senior Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1993-5. He has also been an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He is the author of many major works on British history including Wales in British Politics, 1868-1922Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980Labour in Power, 1945-1951Consensus and Disunity: the Lloyd George Coalition Government, 1918-1922The People's Peace: British History, 1945-1990Modern Wales: Politics, Places and PeopleCallaghan: A LifeThe Twentieth Century (A Very Short Intoduction). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1983 and became a life peer in 2000.
Peter Salway, Emeritus Fellow, The Open University: Roman Britain
John Blair, The Queen's College, Oxford: The Anglo-Saxons
John Gillingham, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science: The Early Middle Ages
Ralph A. Griffiths, Emeritus Professor, Swansea University: The Later Middle Ages
John Guy, Clare College, Cambridge: The Tudor Age
John Morrill, Selwyn College, Cambridge: The Stuarts
The late Paul Langford, Lincoln College, Oxford: The Eighteenth Century
Christopher Harvie, The Scottish Parliament: Revolution and the Rule of Law
The late H. C. G. Matthew, St Hugh's College, Oxford: The Liberal Age
Kenneth O. Morgan, The Queen's College, Oxford: The Twentieth Century and Epilogue

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