Union of Crowns: The Forging of Europe's Most Independent State

Did the Scots quite cower within the shadow in their robust, competitive English neighbour? This booklet unearths a really diverse photograph. Scottish armies again and again invaded English-held territory, defying generations of Anglo-Norman kings, and it took many centuries to eventually come to a decision the fluid Border frontier. despatched homeward to reassess ... ? the writer spells out the monetary and armed forces elements that helped to make sure Scotland's independence from the time of the Romans in Britain via Saxon, Norse and Norman invasions, the ravages of Edward Longshanks and the savagery of Henry VIII's 'rough wooing'. How did the English humans react to the Union of Crowns? have been the Scots included opposed to their will? This publication explodes the parable that the crowns of britain and Scotland have been united in a few type of constitutional twist of fate. It uncovers institutions among many Scots and the English courtroom and its mystery carrier – lifting the lid on a murky underworld of collaborators, spies and assassins. Did the French love the Scots up to they hated the English? the writer unearths the results of the Auld Alliance among Scotland and France, and the legacy of England's overseas wars. The at the same time sacrificial and loveless marriage of britain and Scotland, prepared via Protestant pragmatists, secured independence for either international locations which would another way became Catholic dominions of France or Spain. Who won such a lot from Britain's independence? Britain was once only a small nook in a tremendous strength fight raging all through Europe. the writer unearths the ruthless, secular and political nature of religions that tortured and massacred males, ladies and kids of their thousands. Divided they may have fallen or been driven into obscurity, yet united the 2 international locations stood as Europe's most effective self sustaining Protestant nation, the seat of democratic govt and the root stone of a lot social and felony reform. this day, while many are asking if it is time to finish the 305-year-old union and glance more and more to a united Europe, this publication activates a better figuring out of the warts-and-all origins of our ancestors' legacy.
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The Many Not The Few: The Stolen History of the Battle of Britain

By Richard North

Immortalized in Churchill's frequently quoted statement that by no means sooner than "was a lot owed via such a lot of to so few," the top-down narrative of the conflict of england has been firmly tested in British legend: Britain was once kept from German invasion by means of the gallant band of Fighter Command Pilots of their Spitfires and Hurricanes, and the general public owed them their freedom.
Richard North's radical re-assessment of the conflict of england dismantles this legendary retelling of occasions. Taking a much broader viewpoint than the much-discussed air battle, North takes a clean examine the clash as an entire to teach that the civilian event and participation, faraway from being separate and special, used to be indispensable to the conflict. This restoration of the people's heritage demonstrates that Hitler's target used to be no longer the army conquest of britain, and that his unattained aim used to be the hearts and minds of the British people.

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Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850

By Linda Colley

During this path-breaking ebook Linda Colley reappraises the increase of the most important empire in international historical past. Excavating the lives of a few of the multitudes of Britons held captive within the lands their very own rulers sought to beat, Colley additionally bargains an intimate realizing of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, North the United States, India, and Afghanistan.

Here are harrowing, occasionally poignant tales by means of squaddies and sailors and their womenfolk, by way of investors and con males and via white in addition to black slaves. through exploring those forgotten captives – and their captors – Colley unearths how Britain’s rising empire used to be frequently tentative and topic to profound insecurities and boundaries. She inspires how British empire was once skilled by way of the mass of bad whites who created it. She exhibits how imperial racism coexisted with cross-cultural collaborations, and the way the gulf among Protestantism and Islam, which a few have seen as significant to this empire, used to be frequently smaller than anticipated. Brilliantly written and richly illustrated, Captives is a call for participation to reconsider a couple of piece of heritage too usually seen within the usual means. it's also a robust contribution to present debates in regards to the meanings, patience, and downsides of empire.
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American Big Business in Britain and Germany: A Comparative History of Two "Special Relationships" in the 20th Century

By Volker R. Berghahn

Whereas America’s dating with Britain has frequently been deemed exact, particularly in the course of the international wars whilst Germany used to be a typical enemy, the yank enterprise zone really had a better affinity with Germany for many of the 20th century. American titanic enterprise in Britain and Germany examines the triangular courting among the yankee, British, and German enterprise groups and the way the exact dating that Britain believed it had with the U.S. was once supplanted through one among the US and Germany.

Volker Berghahn starts off with the pre-1914 interval and strikes in the course of the Twenties, whilst American investments supported German reconstruction instead of British undefined. The Nazi seizure of energy in 1933 ended in a reversal in German-American family, forcing American agencies to think about slicing their losses or taking part with a regime that was once inexorably relocating towards battle. even if Britain was hoping that the wartime fiscal alliance with the us may proceed after global struggle II, the yank company neighborhood reconnected with West Germany to rebuild Europe’s financial system. And whereas Britain suggestion that they had validated their certain courting with the USA once more within the Nineteen Eighties and 90s, in fact it was once the Germans who, with American aid, had got a casual fiscal empire at the ecu continent.

American giant enterprise in Britain and Germany uncovers the spectacular and differing relationships of the yankee company group with significant ecu buying and selling companions from 1900 during the 20th century.
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An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832

For the 1st time, this leading edge reference booklet surveys the Romantic Age via all points of British tradition, instead of in literary or creative phrases by myself. This multi-disciplinary procedure treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms--its which means for portray, track, layout, structure, and literature--and as a old epoch of "revolutionary" changes which ushered in glossy democratic and industrialized society.
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Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Extremism and Democracy)

Winner of the Political ebook of the yr Award 2015

The united kingdom Independence get together (UKIP) is the main major new social gathering in British politics for a iteration. in recent times UKIP and their charismatic chief Nigel Farage have captivated British politics, media and citizens. but either the social gathering and the roots of its aid stay poorly understood. the place has this political riot come from? who's assisting them, and why? How are UKIP trying to win over citizens? and the way a long way can their insurgency opposed to the most events cross? Drawing on a wealth of recent info – from surveys of UKIP electorate to large interviews with celebration insiders – during this ebook in demand political scientists Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin positioned UKIP's rebellion below the microscope and exhibit what percentage traditional wisdoms concerning the social gathering and the novel correct are mistaken. alongside the best way they supply unparalleled perception into this new insurrection, and carry a few the most important messages for people with an curiosity within the country of British politics, the unconventional correct in Europe and political behaviour extra generally.

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The Myth Of The Blitz

By Angus Calder

Publish yr note: First released in 1991

The fable of the Blitz was once nurtured at each point of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race uncommon by way of strong humour, understatement and the facility to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by way of staff paintings, improvisation and muddling through.

In truth, in lots of methods, the Blitz used to be in contrast to that. Sixty-thousand humans have been conscientious objectors; 1 / 4 of London's inhabitants fled to the rustic; Churchill and the royal kin have been booed whereas traveling the aftermath of air-raids; Britain was once no longer bombed into classless democracy.

Angus Calder offers a compelling exam of the occasions of 1940 and 1941 - whilst Britain 'stood alone' opposed to the Luftwaffe - and of the parable which sustained her 'finest hour'.
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Ricin!: The Inside Story of the Terror Plot That Never Was

In January 2003, the British media splashed the scoop that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda telephone, poised to unharness the lethal poison ricin at the capital. Police had reportedly came upon strains of ricin, in addition to a panoply of bomb and poison-making gear within the cell’s ‘factory of demise’ – a shabby flat in north London. ‘This threat is current and genuine, and with us now’ introduced best minister Tony Blair.

But, whilst the ‘ricin plot’ got here to trial on the previous Bailey, a truly varied tale emerged: there has been no ricin and no refined plot. hardly ever has a felony case been so shamelessly distorted through executive, media and safety forces to push their very own ‘tough on terror’ agendas. during this meticulously researched and compellingly written ebook, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman on the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, provide the definitive tale of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath.

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