British History Bibliography: Thematic

British History Bibliography – Comprehensive / Thematic
Better Overviews

Richard Price, British Society 1680–1880: Dynamism, Containment and Change (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Harold Perkin, The Origins of Modern English Society (Routledge, 2002)

Asa Briggs, The Age of Improvement, 1783-1867 (Longman, 1999)

Roy Porter, English Society in the Eighteenth Century. The Pelican social history of Britain (London: Allen Lane, 1982)

Walter L. Arnstein, Britain Yesterday and Today: 1830 to Present, 8thed. (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000)

J. Daunton, Progress And Poverty: An Economic And Social History of Modern Britain, 1700-1850 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1995)

C. D. Clark, Revolution and Rebellion: State and Society in England in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986)

Trevor May, Economic and Social History of Britain, 1760-1990 (Longman, 1996)

Keith Robbins, The Eclipse of a Great Power; Modern Britain, 1870-1992 (Longman, 1994)

A. Sharpe, Early Modern England: A Social History, 1550-1760 (Arnold Publishers, 1997)

David Underdown, A Freeborn People: Politics and the Nation in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996)

Glyn Williams and John Ramsden, Ruling Britannia: a Political History of Britain, 1688-1988 (Longman, 1990)

William B. Willcox and Walter Arnstein, The Age of Aristocracy, 1688-1830 (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000)

Historiography, Methodology, and Professional Issues  

David Cannadine, ed., What is History Now? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Richard Price, “Historiography, Narrative, and the Nineteenth Century,” The Journal of British Studies, 35 (April, 1996), pp. 220-256.

Aletta Biersack and Lynn Hunt, eds., The New Cultural History Essays. Studies on the History of Society and Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989)

Martha Howell and Walter Prevenier, From Reliable Sources (Cornell Univ Press, 2001)

Anthony Brundage, Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing (Harlan Davidson, 2002)

Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1996)

David H. Fischer, Historians’ Fallacies (Harper Trade, 1970)

Peter Novick, That Noble Dream: The ‘Objectivity Question’ and the American Historical Profession (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1988)

“AHR Forum: Peter Novick’s That Noble Dream” with articles by Hexter, Gordon, Hollinger, Megill, Novick, and Ross, American Historical Review 96 (June 1991): 675-708.

Bonnie G. Smith, The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice (Harvard Univ. Press, 2000)

Political Economy

Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989

George Armitage-Smith, The Free-Trade Movement and Its Results (Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2006)

H. V. Bowen, The Business of Empire: The East India Company and Imperial Britain, 1756-1833. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006

John Brewer, The Sinews of Power: War, Money, and the English State, 1688-1783 (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1990)

Peter Cain and Tony Hopkins, British Imperialism 1688-2000 (New York, Longman Publishing, 2002)

Bruce G. Carruthers, City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution (Princeton Univ. Press, 1996)

John Darwin, The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830-1970. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009

De Vries, Jan. The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy, 1650 to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

Seymour Drescher, The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor Vs. Slavery in British Emancipation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002

David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)

David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change (Oxford [England]: Blackwell, 1990)

Boyd Hilton, The Age of Atonement: The Influence of Evangelicalism on Social and Economic Thought, 1795-1865 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), chs. 2 and 3

David Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are so Rich and Some so Poor. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998

Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2000)

Emma Rothschild, Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2001

Margaret Schabas, The Natural Origins of Economics (University of Chicago Press, 2007)

Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, abridged by Laurence Dickey (Hackett Publishing Co., 1993)

Frank Trentmann, Free Trade Nation: Commerce, Consumption, and Civil Society in Modern Britain (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Immanuel Wallerstein, World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004)

Bernard Semmel, The Rise of Free Trade Imperialism; Classical Political Economy, The Empire of Free Trade and Imperialism 1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 1970), chapters 1, 6, and 9

Joshua D. Esty, “National Objects: Keynesian Economics and Modernist Culture in England,” Modernism/Modernity, vol. 7, no. 1 (2000): 1-24.

Jim Tomlinson, “Managing the Economy, Managing the People: Britain circa 1931-1970,” Economic History Review 58 (2005): 555-585.

John Wells and Douglas Wills, “Revolution, Restoration, and Debt Repudiation: The Jacobite Threat to England’s Institutions and Economic Growth,” The Journal of Economic History, 60, no. 2 (Jun., 2000), pp. 418-441.

Britain’s Industrial  Revolution 

Anthony Wrigley, Continuity, Chance and Change: The Character of the Industrial Revolution in England (New York, Cambridge University Press, 1988)

Arnold Toynbee, The Industrial Revolution [first published in 1884 under title: Lectures on the industrial revolution in England] (Beacon Press, 1956), pp. 17-32, 72-84.

Gareth Stedman Jones, An End to Poverty?: A Historical Debate (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), pp. 133-62.

Jan De Vries, “The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution,” The Journal of Economic History vol. 54, no. 2 (Jun., 1994): 249-270.

Stearns, Peter. “Interpreting the Industrial Revolution.” in Islamic & European Expansion: the Forging of a Global Order Michael Adas ed. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993)

Nick Crafts, “The Industrial Revolution,” in Roderick Floud and Donald McCloskey, eds., The Economic History of Britain Since 1700, vol. 1 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 44-59.

Joel Mokyr, “Accounting for the Industrial Revolution,” in Roderick Floud and Paul Johnson, eds., The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, vol. 1 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003-2004), pp. 1-27.

J. Cain and A. G. Hopkins, “Gentlemanly Capitalism and British Expansion Overseas, Part I: The Old Colonial System, 1688-1850,” The Economic History Review vol. 39, no. 4 (Nov., 1986): 501-525.

Maxine Berg and Pat Hudson, “Rehabilitating the Industrial Revolution” The Economic History Review vol. 45, no. 1(Feb., 1992): 24-50.

Deborah Valenze, “The Art of Women and the Business of Men: Women’s Work and the Dairy Industry c. 1740-1840,” Past & Present 130 (Feb., 1991): 142-169.

Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall, Family fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850 (London: Hutchinson, 1987), pp. 195-229.

Raphael Samuel, “Workshop of the World: Steam Power and Hand Technology in Mid-Victorian Britain,” History Workshop 3 (Spring, 1977): 6-72.

Seccombe, Wally. “Patiarchy Stabilized: The Construction of the Male Breadwinner Norm in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Social History 11 (1) (1986): 53-70.

Eric J. Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire: from 1750 to the present day (Harmondsworth/ Penguin, 1990), chapters 6, 7, and 10.

W. Rostow, The Stages of Economic Growth; A Non-Communist Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, 1971), pp. 17-36.

The Debate on the Decline of British Industry

Michael Dintenfass, The Decline of Industrial Britain, 1870-1980 (London: Routledge, 1992)

Sidney Pollard, Britain’s Prime and Britain’s Decline: The British Economy, 1870-1914 (London: E. Arnold, 1989)

Paul Johnson, “The Welfare State, Income and Living Standards,” in The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, vol. 3, edited by Roderick Floud and Paul Johnson (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003-2004), pp. 213-37.

Jim Tomlinson, “Inventing ‘Decline’: The Falling Behind of the British Economy in the Postwar Years,” Economic History Review, vol. 49, no. 4 (1996): 731-757.

E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (Harmondsworth/Penguin, 1980), chapter 10.

Martin J. Wiener, English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981)

S. Ashton, “The Treatment of Capitalism by Historians,” in Friedrich A. Hayek, ed., Capitalism and the Historians: Essays by T.S. Ashton [and others] (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954), pp. 31-61.

L. Hammond and Barbara Hammond, The Village Labourer, 1760-1832: A Study in the Government of England Before the Reform Bill (New York: Longmans, Green, 1920), chapter 5.

Romesh Chunder Dutt, The Economic History of India in the Victorian Age from the Accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Commencement of the Twentieth Century (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1956), read preface only.

Sidney Pollard, The Development of the British Economy, 1914-1990 (New York: E. Arnold, 1992)

Civil Society  and the Public Sphere

Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Studies in contemporary German social thought (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1989)

John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1997)

Peter Clark, British Clubs and Societies, 1580-1800: The Origins of an Associational World (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 60-141.

Thomas Babington Macaulay, History of England from the Accession of James II, vol. 1 (New York, Dutton, 1962), chapter 3

William St Clair, The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004), chapter 1, “Reading and its Consequences,” pp. 1-19.

Gareth Stedman Jones, An End to Poverty?: A Historical Debate (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005)

Roy Porter, The Creation of the Modern World:  The Untold Story of the British Enlightenment (New York:  W.W. Norton, 2000)

Richard D. Altick, The English Common Reader; A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900 (University of Chicago Press, 1957)

Nationalism and Nation Building

Raphael Samuel, ed., Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity. History workshop series (London: Routledge, 1989)

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of  Nationalism. rev. and extended ed. (New York: Verso, 1991)

Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992)

Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, eds., The Invention of Tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983)

John Brewer, The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783 (London: Unwin Hyman, 1989)

Eric Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

George Mosse, Nationalism and Sexuality: Respectability and Abnormal Sexuality in Modern Europe (New York: H. Fertig, 1985)

Eugen Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 (Stanford, Calf.: Stanford University Press, 1976)

Peter Sahlins, Boundaries: The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989)

Britain and the Revolutions: 1789 to 1848

Gareth Stedman Jones, An End to Poverty?: A Historical Debate (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005)

Seamus Deane, The French Revolution and Enlightenment in England 1789-1832 (Harvard Univ. Press, 1988)

Ian Christie, Wars and Revolutions, Britain, 1760-1815 (Harvard Univ. Press, 1982)

Jack R. Censer, “Commencing the Third Century of Debate.” American Historical Review 94 (5) (1989): 1309-1325.

Jonathan Sperber, The European Revolutions, 1848-1851 (New  York: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

Peter Stearns, 1848: Revolutionary Tide in Europe (New York: Norton, 1974)

Mark Traugott, “The Mid-Nineteenth-Century Crisis in France and England.” Theory and Society 12 (4) (July 1983): 455-468.

Georges Lefebvre, The Coming of the French Revolution (Princeton: Princeton  University Press, 1947, 1989)

Lynn Hunt, Politics, Culture and Class in the French Revolution (Berkley: University of  California Press, 1984)

Religion

David Hempton, Religion and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland: From the Glorious Revolution to the Decline of Empire (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996)

Jim Obelkivich, “Religion,” in F.M.L. Thompson, ed., The Cambridge Social History of Britain, 1750-1950 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990), pp. 311-356.

Boyd Hilton, The Age of Atonement: The Influence of Evangelicalism on Social and Economic Thought, 1785-1865 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1991)

R. Ward, The Protestant Evangelical Awakening (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002)

W. Bebbington, Evangelicalism In Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s (Baker Pub. Group, 1992)

David Hempton, Methodism and Politics in British Society, 1750-1850 (HarperCollins, 1987)

Thomas Walter Laqueur, Religion and Respectability: Sunday Schools and Working Class Culture, 1780-1850 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976), chapters 3 and 7.

Susan Thorne, Congregational Missions and the Making of an Imperial Culture in Nineteenth-Century England (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1999), pp. 155-72.

Susan Thorne, “Missionary Imperialism and the Language of Class in Early Industrial Britain,” in Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World, edited by Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1997)

Catherine Hall, Civilising Subjects: Colony and Metropole in the English Imagination, 1830-1867 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002)

Andrew Porter, Religion Versus Empire?: British Protestant Missionaries and Overseas Expansion, 1700-1914 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)

Owen Chadwick, Mind of the Oxford Movement (Stanford Univ. Press, 2000)

Mark Bevir, “The Labour Church Movement, 1891-1902,” Journal of British Studies 38 (1999): 217-45.

R. W. Davis and R. J. Helmstadter, Religion and Irreligion in Victorian Society: Essays in Honor of R. K. Webb (Routledge, 1992)

Callum G. Brown, The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularism 1800-2000 (New York: Routledge, 2001)

Alex Owen, The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern (Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press, 2004)

Thomas Laqueur, “Why the Margins Matter: Occultism and the Making of Modernity,” Modern Intellectual History, 3 1(2006): 111-35.

Raphael Samuel, Jim Obelkevich, Lyndal Roper, eds., Disciplines of Faith: Studies in Religion, Politics, and Patriarchy (Routledge, 1987)

S. R. Kitson Clark (George Sidney Roberts), The Making of Victorian England (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1962), pp. 147-205.

Caroline Ford, “Religion and Popular Culture in Modern Europe” Journal of Modern  History 65 (1) (1993): 152-175.

Development of Politics and the Process of Reform

Glyn Williams and John Ramsden, Ruling Britannia: a Political History of Britain, 1688-1988 (Longman, 1990)

Eric J. Evans, Parliamentary Reform, 1770-1918 (Longman, 1999)

John Cannon, Parliamentary Reform 1640-1832 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1973)

H. Plumb, “The Growth of the Electorate in England from 1600 to 1715,” Past and Present 45 (1969): 90-116.

Linda Colley, In Defiance Of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714-1760 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1985)

John Brewer, Party Ideology and Popular Politics at the Accession of George III (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976), chapter 6.

John Brewer, “Theatre and Counter-Theatre in Hanoverian Politics: the Mock Elections at Garrett,” Radical History Review, 22 (1979/80): 7-40.

Frank O’Gorman, “The Unreformed Electorate of Hanoverian England: The Mid-Eighteenth Century to the Reform Act of 1832,” Social History 11, 1(1986): 33-52.

C. D. Clark, Languages of Liberty: Political Discourse and Social Dynamics in the Anglo-American World, 1660-1832 (Cambridge Univ. Press,1993)

Brian Hill, British Parliamentary Parties, 1742-1832: From the Fall of Walpole to the First Reform Act (Allen & Unwin, 1985)

Norman Gash, Aristocracy and the People: Britain, 1815-1865 (Harvard Univ. Press, 1981)

James Vernon, Politics and the People: A Study in English Political Culture, c. 1815-1867 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993), “Power Legislated: The Structure of Official Politics,” pp. 15-47.

J. Olney, “The Politics of Land,” in G.E. Mingay, ed., The Victorian Countryside (Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981), pp. 58-70.

John A. Phillips; Charles Wetherell, “The Great Reform Act of 1832 and the Political Modernization of England” The American Historical Review, 100 (April, 1995): 411-436.

James Vernon, ed., Re-reading the Constitution: New Narratives in the Political History of England’s Long Nineteenth Century (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996)

Hall, Catherine, Keith McClelland, and Jane Rendall. Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform Act of 1867 (Cambridge: Univ. Press, 2000)

Martin Pugh, The Making of Modern British Politics: 1867-1945 (Blackwell, 2002)
Patrick Joyce, Work, Society, and Politics: The Culture of the Factory in Later Victorian England (Brighton [Eng.]: Harvester Press, 1980), pp. 158-200, 268-310.

Amy Black and Stephen Brooke, “The Labour Party, Women, and the Problem of Gender, 1951-1966,” The Journal of British Studies, vol. 36, no. 4 (Oct., 1997): 419-452.

George Dangerfield, The Strange Death of Liberal England (Stanford Univ. Press; reprinted., 1997)

Susan Kingsley Kent, “The Politics of Sexual Difference: World War One and the Demise of British Feminism,” Journal of British Studies 27, 3(1988): 323-53.

Nicoletta Gullace, “The Blood of Our Sons”: Men, Women, and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship during the Great War (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), chapter 8, pp. 167-94.

Steven Fielding, Peter Thompson, and Nick Tiratsoo, England Arise!: The Labour Party and Popular Politics in 1940s Britain (New York: St. Martin’s Press / Manchester University Press, 1995), chapters 1, 2 and 3.

The Making of the Modern State

C. D. Clark, English Society, 1660-1832: Religion, Ideology, and Politics during the Ancien Regime (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

H. Plumb, The Growth of Political Stability in England: 1675-1725 (London: Macmillan, 1967), pp. 1-31, 129-189.

Lewis Namier, The Structure of Politics at the Accession of George III (New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1957), pp. ix-xi, 1-64.

Lewis Namier, England in the Age of the American Revolution (London: Macmillan and Co., 1930), pp. 3-31.

John Brewer, The Sinews of Power: War, Money, and the English State, 1688-1783 (Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989), pp. 25-131 (chapters 2, 3 and 4)

Philip Harling and Peter Mandler, “From “Fiscal-Military” State to Laissez-Faire State, 1760-1850,” The Journal of British Studies, vol. 32, no. 1 (Jan., 1993): 44-70.

P. Thompson, Whigs and Hunters: The Origin of the Black Act (New York: Pantheon Books, 1975), pp. 21-24, 190-218, 245-269.

Robert Travers, “Ideology and British Expansion in Bengal, 1757-72,” The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History vol. 33, no. 1 (January 2005): 7-27.

Eric Stokes, The English Utilitarians and India (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1959), pp. 1-81.

Introduction to Joanna Innes and Arthur Burns eds., Rethinking the Age of Reform: Britain 1780-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 1-70.

Oliver MacDonagh, “The Nineteenth-Century Revolution in Government: A Reappraisal,” The Historical Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (1958): 52-67.

Roy MacLeod, ed., Government and Expertise: Specialists, Administrators, and Professionals, 1860-1919 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988), introduction, pp. 1-24.

Tom Crook, “Sanitary Inspection and the Public Sphere in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain: A Case Study in Liberal Governance,” Social History, vol. 32 no. 4 (Nov. 2007): 369-393.

Clive Emsley, Crime and Society in England, 1750-1900 (Longman, 2005)

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Knopf, 1995)

Douglas Hay et al., Albion’s Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century England (Random House, 1976)

Jennifer Davis, ‘A Poor Man’s System of Justice: the London Police Courts in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century’ The Historical Journal, 27 (1984): 309-335.

Susan Pedersen, “Gender, Welfare, and Citizenship in Britain during the Great War,” The American Historical Review, vol. 95, no. 4 (Oct., 1990): 983-1006.

David Edgerton, Warfare State: Britain, 1920-1970 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 1-107.

James E Cronin, The Politics of State Expansion: War, State, and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain (New York: Routledge, 1991), pp. 1-15.

Working Class Culture, Socialism, and Social Movements

E. P. Thompson, “Eighteenth-Century English Society: Class Struggle without Class?” Social History, vol. 3, no. 2 (May, 1978), pp. 133-165.

E. P. Thompson, Customs in Common (New York: New Press; W.W. Norton, 1991) see especially “The Moral Economy of the English Crowd” and “Time, Work-Discipline and Industrial Capitalism.”

E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968)

Anna Clark, The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995)

Sonya O. Rose, Limited Livelihoods: Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century England (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992)

Ellen Ross, Love and Toil: Motherhood in Outcast London, 1870-1918 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993)

Gareth Stedman Jones, Languages of Class: Studies in English Working Class History: 1832-1982 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983)

Gareth Stedman Jones, Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971)

Barbara Taylor, Eve and the New Jerusalem: Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century (New York: Pantheon Books, 1983)

Ross McKibbin, The Ideologies of Class: Social Relations in Britain, 1880-1950 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990), pp. 259-94.

Joan Wallach Scott, “On Language, Gender and Working Class History.” International Labor and Working Class History 31 (Spring 1987): 1-13.
see Reply in International Labor and Working Class History 32 (Fall 1987): 39-45.

William H. Sewell, Work and Revolution in France: The Language of Labor from the Old Regime to 1848 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980)

Albert S. Lindemann, History of European Socialism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983)

Middle-Class Society and Culture 

Leonore Davidoff, and Catherine Hall, Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850 (London: Hutchinson, 1987)

F. M. L. Thompson, The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900 (London: Fontana, 1988)

John Tosh,  A Man’s Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999)

Catherine Hall, White, Male, and Middle-Class: Explorations in Feminism and History (New York: Routledge, 1992)

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, an Introduction, vol. I (New York: Pantheon Books, 1978)

John Gillis, A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values (New York: Basic Books, 1996)

Dror Wahrman, Imagining the Middle Class: The Political Representation of Class in Britain, c. 1780-1840 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995)

Walter E. Houghton, The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1957)

Ross McKibbin, Ideologies of Class: Social Relations in Britain, 1880-1950 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1990)

David Cannadine, Aspects of Aristocracy:  Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain (1994)

Carl E. Schorske, Fin-de-siècle Vienna : Politics and Culture (New York: Knopf, 1979 )

Stephen Kern, The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983)

Judith R. Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992)

Judith R. Walkowitz, Prostitution in Victorian Society: Women, Class, and the State (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1980)

Leonore Davidoff, “Class and Gender in Victorian England: The Diaries of Arthur J. Munby and Hannah Cullwick.” Feminist Studies 5 (1) (1979): 87-141.

Poovey, Mary. Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988)

Bonnie G. Smith, Ladies of the Leisure Class: the Bourgeoise of Northern France in the Nineteenth Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981)

British Empire (see also the Empire / world history bibliography)

Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony: the World System A.D. 1250-1350 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989)

Michael Adas, ed., Islamic and European Expansion: The Forging of a Global Order (Philadelphia: Temple University Press,1993)

Michael Adas, Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1989)

David Armitage, The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

David Armitage and Michael Braddick, eds., The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800 (Palgrave Macmillian, 2002)

Winifried Baumgart, Imperialism: The Idea and the Reality of British and French Colonial Expansion: 1880-1914 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1982)

C. A. Bayly, Imperial Meridian: the British Empire and the World, 1780-1830 (Pearson, 1989)

A. Bayly, “The Second British Empire” in Robin W. Winks, ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire, vo1. V, Historiography (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998), pp 54-73.

Patrick Brantlinger, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism,1830-1914 (Cornell Univ. Press, 1990)

Christopher Brown, Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2006)

Antoinette Burton, Burdens of History: British Feminists, Indian Women and Imperial Culture 1865-1915 (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1994)

Antoinette M. Burton, Politics and Empire in Victorian Britain: A Reader (New York, Palgrave, 2001)

Peter Cain and Tony Hopkins, British Imperialism 1688-2000 (New York, Longman Publishing, 2002)

Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel, Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and  Resistance (Indiana Univ. Press, 1992)

Bernard Cohen, Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge: The British in India (Princeton University Press, 1996)

Linda Colley, Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850 (Anchor, 2004)

Annie E. Coombes, Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture and Popular Imagination in Late Victorian and Edwardian England (Yale Univ.Press, 1997)

Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler, eds., Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World (University of California Press, 1997)

Philip Curtin, The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex: Essays in Atlantic History (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1990)

John Darwin, “Decolonization and the End of Empire,” in Robin W. Winks, ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire, vo1. V, Historiography (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998), pp 315-326.

Niall Ferguson, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power (New York: Basic Books, 2003)

John Gallagher and Ronald Robinson. “The Imperialism of Free Trade,” The Economic History Review 6 (1953): 1-15.

John Gallagher, Anil Seal, ed., The Decline, Revival and Fall of the British Empire: The Ford Lectures and Other Essays (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004)

Catherine Hall, Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830-1867 (University of Chicago Press, 2002)

Catherine Hall, ed., Cultures of Empire: Colonizers in Britain and the Empire in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Routledge, 2000)

Freda Harcourt, “Disraeli’s Imperialism” The Historical Journal 23 (1980): 87-109

David Harkness, “Ireland” in Robin W. Winks, ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire, vo1. V, Historiography (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998), pp 114-133.

Daniel Headrick, The Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1981)

Gad Heuman, “Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Abolition,” in Robin W. Winks, ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire, vo1. V, Historiography (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp 315-326.

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire, 1875-1914 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987)

G. Hopkins, “The Victorians in Africa” Journal of African History 27 (1986): 363-391.

Maya Jasanoff, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 (New York: Knopf, 2005)

Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic (Beacon Press, 2000)

Trevor Lloyd, The British Empire 1558-1995 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1997)

Anne McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge, 1995)

John M. Mackenzie, Propaganda and Empire: The Manipulation of BritishPublic Opinion, 1880-1960 (Palgrave Macmillian, 1984)

J. Marshal, “The English in Asia to 1700,” in Nicholas Canny, ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire, vo1. 1, The Origins of Empire, (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Thomas R. Metcalf, Ideologies of the Raj. The new Cambridge history of India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

Wolfgang J. Mommsen, Theories of Imperialism (New York: Random House, 1980)

Patrick O’Brien, “European Economic Development: The Contribution of the Periphery,” Economic History Review 100 (1982): 773-800.

George Orwell, Burmese Days (New York, Harcourt, 1974)

Bernard Porter, The Lion’s Share: A Short History of British Imperialism,1850-1995 (Addis, 1996)

Bernard Porter, The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society, and Culture in Britain (Oxford University Press, 2004)

David Richardson, “The British Empire and the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1660-1807,” in J. P. Marshall, ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire, vo1. II, The Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp 440-464.

Ronald Robinson and John Gallagher, Africa and the Victorians (Doubleday, 2000)

Edward Said, Orientalism (New York: Pantheon Books, 1978)

Mrinalini Sinha, Colonial Masculinity: The ‘manly Englishman’ and The’ Effeminate Bengali’ in the Late Nineteenth Century (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995)

Barbara Solow, “Caribbean Slavery and British Growth: The Eric Williams Hypothesis,” Journal of Development Economics 17 (1985): 99-115.

Barbara Solow and Stanley Engerman, British Capitalism and Caribbean Slavery: The Legacy of Eric Williams (Cambridge University Press, 1987)

Margaret Strobel, European Women and the Second Empire (Indiana Univ. Press, 1991)

Stuart Ward, ed., British Culture and the End of Empire (New York, Manchester University Press, 2002)

Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1984)

Eric Wolf, Europe and the Peoples Without History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982)

Gender and Sexuality

J. Barker-Benfield, The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992) (chapters 1 and 2)

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York: Routledge, 1990)

Judith Butler, Undoing Gender (New York: Routledge, 2004)

Anna Clark, Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution (Princeton University Press, 2005)

Anna Clark, “Anne Lister’s Construction of Lesbian Identity,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 7 (1996): 23-50.

Anna Clark, Desire: A History of European Sexuality. (2008)

Deborah Cohen, Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain. 2013

Matt Cook, Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth-Century London (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Matt Cook, London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

H. G. Cocks, “Safeguarding Civility: Sodomy, Class and Moral Reform in Early Nineteenth-Century England,” Past and Present 190 (2006): 121-146.

H. G. Cocks, Nameless Offences: Speaking of Male Homosexual Desire in Nineteenth-Century England (London: I.B. Tauris, 2003)

H. G. Cocks, Visions of Sodom Religion, Homoerotic Desire, and the End of the World in England, C. 1550-1850 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution. (2012)

Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall, Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850 (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1991)

Paul R. Deslandes, Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920 (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2005)

Michel Foucault, A History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Vol. 1 (Knopf Publishing Group, 1990)

Michel Foucault, Discipline and punish: the birth of the prison (New York: Vintage Books, 1995)

Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge (New York: Pantheon Books, 1972)

Sigmund Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (Basic Books, 2000)

Susan J. Hekman, ed., Feminist Interpretations of Michel Foucault (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996)

Matt Houlbrook, Harry Cocks, eds., Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Matt Houlbrook, Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005)

Seth Koven, Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London (Princeton University Press, 2006)

Seth Koven, The Match Girl and the Heiress (Princeton University Press, 2014)

Thomas Laqueur, Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Harvard University Press, 1992)

Thomas Laqueur, Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation (New York: Zone Books, 2003)

Philippa Levine, Victorian Feminism, 1850-1900 (University of Florida Press, 1989)

Angus McLauren, Sexual Blackmail: A Modern History (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002)

Frank Mort, Capital Affairs: London and the Making of the Permissive Society (Yale University Press, 2010)

Lynda Nead, Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London (Yale Univ. Press, 2000)

Harry Oosterhuis, Stepchildren of Nature: Krafft-Ebing, Psychiatry, and the Making of Sexual Identity (Chicago: Univ.of Chicago Press, 2000)

Erika Rappaport, “A Husband and His Wife’s Dresses,” in The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective, Victoria de Grazia, ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996)

Emma Rothschild, The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History. (2011)

Joan Scott, ‘Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis,’ American Historical Review, 91 5(1986): 1053-1075.

“AHR Forum: Revisiting “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis,” American Historical Review, 113 5(December, 2008): 1344-1429.

Joan Wallach Scott, Gender and the Politics of History (1999)

Joan Wallach Scott, The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011)

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (New York: Norton, 1988)

Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman (W. W. Norton and Co., 1995)

Susie Steinbach, Women in England 1760-1914: A Social History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Mrinalina Sinha, Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire. (2006)

Heather Streets, Martial Races: The military, race and masculinity in British imperial culture, 1857-1914. (2004)

John Tosh, Manliness and Masculinities in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays on Gender, Family and Empire (Addison-Wesley Longman, 2004)

John Tosh, A Man’s Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999)

Judith Walkowitz, Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London (Yale University Press, 2012)

Judith Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992)

 

British Military History

Jeremy Black, Britain as a Military Power (London: Routledge, 1999)

Jeremy Black, “The Sound of Guns: Military History Today,” in Jeremy Black, Rethinking Military History (New York: Routledge, 2004)

Lawrence Stone, ed, An Imperialist State at War: Britain from 1689 to 1815 (London: Routledge, 1994)
Lawrence Stone – Introduction
Thomas Ertman “The Sinews of Power and European State-Building Theory”
John Brewer “The Eighteenth-Century British State: Contexts and Issues
A Wrigley “Society and the Economy in the Eighteenth Century”
Joanna Innes “The Domestic Face of the Military-Fiscal State”
Kathleen Wilson “Empire of Virtue: The Imperial Project and Hanoverian Culture”
Linda Colley “The Reach of the State, the Appeal of the Nation”
Daniel A. Baugh “Maritime Strength and Atlantic Commerce: Uses of ‘a grand marine Empire’”
A. Bayly “The British Military-Fiscal State and Indigenous Resistance”

Daniel Headrick, The Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1981)

V. Bowen, War and British Society, 1688-1815 (Cambridge University Press, 1998)

C. B. Rogers, The British Army of the Eighteenth Century (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1977)

Edward Spiers, The Army and Society, 1815-1914 (New York: Longman, 1980)

Hew Strachan, Wellington’s Legacy: The Reform of the British Army, 1830-54 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1984

E. Cookson, The British Armed Nation: 1793-1815 (Oxford: Claredon Press, 1997)

James Scott Wheeler, The Making of a World Power: War and the Military Revolution in Seventeenth-Century England (Stroud: Sutton, 1999)

Lenman, Bruce. Britain’s Colonial Wars, 1688-1783 (London: Longman, 2001)

Stephen Conway, War, State, and Society in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Geoffrey Plank, Rebellion and Savagery: The Jacobite Rising of 1745 and the British Empire (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2006)

Roger Buckley, The British Army in the West Indies: Society and the Military in the Revolutionary Age (Gainesville: Univ. of Florida Press, 1998)

Greg Cuthbertson, ed., Writing a Wider War: Rethinking Gender, Race and Identity in the South African War, 1899-1902 (Ohio Univ. Press, 2002)

John MacKensie, ed., Popular Imperialism and the Military, 1850-1950 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991)

Hew Strachan, The Politics of the British Army (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

John Brewer, The Sinews of Power: War, Money, and the English State, 1685-1783 (London: Unwin Hyam, 1989)

Geoffrey Parker, The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988)

Keegan, John. The Face of Battle (New York: Viking Press, 1976)

Marc Bloch, Strange Defeat; A Statement of Evidence Written in 1940 (London: Oxford University Press, 1949)

Total War / The World War

D. Harvey, Collision of Empires: Britain in the Three World Wars, 1793-1945 (London: The Hambledon Press, 1992)

Lawrence Freedman, Paul Hayes and Robert O’Neill, eds. War, Strategy, and International Politics (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992)

John R. Gillis, ed., The Militarization of the Western World (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989)

James Joll, The Origins of the First World War. Origins of modern wars (London: Longman, 1984)

Niall Ferguson, The Pity of War (New York: Basic Books, 1999)

Arthur Marwick, The Deluge: British Society and the First World War (Boston: Little, Brown, 1966)

Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford Univ. Press, 2000)

Modris Eksteins, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989)

Joanna Bourke, Dismembering the Male: Men’s Bodies, Britain and the Great War (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996)

M. H. Bell, The Origins of the Second World War in Europe. Origins of modern wars (London: Longman, 1986)

Akira Iriye, The Origins of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific. Origins of modern wars (London: Longman, 1987)

Angus Calder, The People’s War; Britain, 1939-1945 (New York: Pantheon Books, 1969)

Stephen Brooke, Labour’s War: The Labour Party During the Second World War (Clarendon Press, 1992)

Susan Kingsley Kent, Making Peace: The Reconstruction of Gender in Interwar Britain (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993)

Margaret Randolph Higgonet, et al., eds. Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987)

Gail Braybonl and Penny Summerfield, Out of the Cage: Women’s Experiences in Two World Wars (New York: Pandora Press, 1987)

George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (Harcourt, 1958)

Robert Graves and Alan Hodge, The Long Weekend: A Social History of Great Britain 1918-1939 (W. W. Norton & Co., 1963)

Charles S. Maier, Recasting Bourgeois Europe: Stabilization in France, Germany, and Italy in the Decade After World War I (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975)

Britain Post-45

Kenneth O. Morgan, The People’s Peace: British History Since 1945 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1999)

Peter Clarke, Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-1990 (Penguin, 1997)

Arthur Marwick, British Society Since 1945, 3rd ed. (Penguin, 2003)

Becky Conekin, Frank Mort, Chris Waters, eds., Moments of Modernity: Reconstructing Britain, 1945-1964 (New York Univ. Press, 1999)

Nick Tiratsoo, ed., From Blitz to Blair: A New History of Britain Since 1939 (Weidenfeld and Lewis, 1997)

Alan Sked and Chris Cook, Post-War Britain: A Political History (Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin, 1984)

Anthony Seldon and Peter Hennessy, eds., Ruling Performance: British Governments from Attlee to Thatcher (Blackwell, 1989)

Jeremy Black, Britain Since the Seventies: Politics and Society in the Consumer Age Contemporary worlds (London: Reaktion, 2004)

Kenneth O. Morgan, Labour in Power, 1945-1951 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1997)

Jim Fyrth, Labour’s Promised Land?: Culture and Society in Labour Britain1945-51 (Paul & Co. Pub. Consortium, 1995)

Peter Jenkins, Mrs. Thatcher’s Revolution: The Ending of the Socialist Era (Harvard Univ. Press, 1989)

David Reynolds, Britannia Overruled: British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century (Longman, 2000)

Paul Gilroy, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991)

Kathleen Paul, Whitewashing Britain: Race and Citizenship in the Postwar Era (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1997)

David Cannadine, The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy (Anchor Books, 1992)

Eric Hobsbaum, The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 (New York: Pantheon Books, 1994)

Sean Greenwood, Britain and European Cooperation, Since 1945 (Blackwell,1992)

Alan S. Milward, The European Rescue of the Nation-State (London: Routledge, 2000)

Donald Reid, “1968 and All That,” Radical History Review 45 (1989): 144-156.

Seventeenth Century  England

Susan Dwyer Amussen, An Ordered Society: Gender and Class in Early Modern England (Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1988)

Todd Butler, Imagination and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England (Aldershot, England, Ashgate, 2008)

David Cressy, Literacy and the Social Order: Reading and Writing in Tudor and Stuart England (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1980)

Kenneth Fincham, The Early Stuart Church: 1603-1642 (Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1993)

Anthony Fletcher, The Outbreak of the English Civil War (London: E. Arnold, 1981)

Laura Gowing, Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London (Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1996)

Richard Greaves, John Bunyan and English Nonconformity (Hambledon & London, 2003)

Cynthia B. Herrup, The Common Peace: Participation and the Criminal Law in Seventeenth-Century England. Cambridge studies in early modern British history (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987)

Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down:  Radical Ideas in the English Revolution (Penguin, 1972)

Ann Hughes, The Causes of the English Civil War (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan, 1998)

Ronald Hutton, The British Republic, 1649-1660 (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000)

Karen Ordahl Kupperman, The Jamestown Project (Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007)

Jennifer Kermode and Garthine Walker, Women, Crime and the Courts in Early Modern England (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1994)

Laurence, Anne. Women in England, 1500-1760: A Social History (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994)

Marjorie Keniston McIntosh, Controlling Misbehavior in England, 1370-1600. Cambridge studies in population, economy, and society in past time, (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Paul S. Seaver, Wallington’s World: A Puritan Artisan in Seventeenth-Century London (Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1985)

A. Sharpe, Early Modern England: A Social History, 1550-1760 (Arnold Publishers, 1997)

Paul Slack, Poverty and Policy in Tudor and Stuart England. Themes in British social history (London: Longman, 1988)

Lawrence Stone, The Causes of the English Revolution, 1529-1642 (London: Routledge and K. Paul, 1972)

Nicholas Tyacke, Anti-Calvinists: The Rise of English Arminianism, C. 1590-1640 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987)

David Underdown, Revel, Riot, and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Culture in England, 1603-1660 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985)

David Underdown, A Freeborn People: Politics and the Nation in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996)

Irish History

James Camlin Beckett, The Making of Modern Ireland 1603-1923 (Faberand Faber Ltd., 1981)

Paul Bew, Ideology and the Irish Question: Ulster Unionism and Irish Nationalism, 1912-1916 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998)

George Boyce, Nineteenth-century Ireland: the Search for Stability (Gill and Macmillian, 1990)

Samuel Clark and James S. Donnelly Jr., Irish Peasants: Violence andPolitical Unrest, 1780-1914 (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2003)

Nicholas Canny, Making Ireland British, 1580-1860 (Oxford University Press, 2001)

Joan Coakley and Michael Gallagher, Politics in the Republic of Ireland (Routledge, 1999)

J. Connolly, Religion, Law and Power: The Making of Protestant Ireland,1660-1760 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1995)

Thomas Hennessey, A History of Northern Ireland (St. Martin’s Press, 2000)

Theodore Hoppen, Elections, Politics, and Society in Ireland, 1832-1885 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1984)

Joseph J. Lee, Ireland, 1912-1985: Politics and Society (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990)

Colm Lennon, Sixteenth-Century Ireland: The Incomplete Conquest (St.Martin’s Press, 1995)

Charles Philphin and Lyndal Roper, eds., Nationalism and Popular Protest in Ireland (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1987)

Martin Williams, “Ancient Mythology and Revolutionary Ideology in Ireland,” The Historical  Journal 26 (1983): 307-328.

Cecil Woodham-Smith, The Great Hunger: Ireland, 1845-1849 (Penguin Books,1995)


Use the comment space below to suggest additions to this reading list. Periodically, those suggestions will be discussed by subject area specialists, and the list will be updated. Ideally, though, readers will take a section of this bibliography, refine and expand it to fit their specific research or teaching interests, and then submit it back to Projects in History with a brief explanation of the rationale behind their choices and changes. All authors of new lists will have the option of attaching a brief biography and contact information (see example on the About page) to their list. The initial version of the list presented on this page was complied by Charles Upchurch.

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