The 100 Best English & British History Books


Churchill and the greatest British History Books
Winston Churchill on the HMS Prince of Wales, 1941, from The Library of Congress


The 100 Best English and British History Books provides a reading list for those serious about history. Made up of modern works, it covers English and British history from the medieval period to the early modern and modern period. The list offers suggestions of the best books to read, but - being limited to one hundred books - is not entirely comprehensive.

1. Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300

By Susan Reynolds | Used Price: 80% Off

This wide-ranging and perceptive book focuses on the collective values and activities of lay society over several centuries, from trade guilds and manor courts to the development of parliaments and the rule of feudal monarchs. It offers a new approach to the history of medieval Europe. The second ... More »

Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300
Robin Hood

2. Robin Hood

By J. C. Holt | Used Price: 90% Off

"Highly recommended to all armchair swashbucklers."—Fresno Bee The legend of Robin Hood began more than 600 years ago. The man, if he existed at all, lived even earlier. In this definitive work, Professor Sir James Holt, one of Britain’s premier historians and author of the standard work on ... More »

3. The Feudal Kingdom of England, 1042-1216

By Frank Barlow | Used Price: 80% Off

Now in its fifth edition, this hugely successful text remains as vivid and readable as ever. Frank Barlow illuminates every aspect of the Anglo-Norman world, but the central appeal of the book continues to be its firm narrative structure. Here is a fascinating story compellingly told.At the beginning ... More »

The Feudal Kingdom of England, 1042-1216
The Later Middle Ages, 1272-1485

4. The Later Middle Ages, 1272-1485

By George Holmes | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

English life in the thirteenth century was characterized by: a single Christian Church owing allegiance to Rome and living on the revenues of its estates; kingship with difficulty kept intact in the face of scheming magnates jealous of their privileges; a countryside divided into thousands of small estates, ... More »

5. Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

By Rodney Hilton | Used Price: 80% Off

Rodney Hilton's account of the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 remains the classic authoritative text on the 'English Rising'. Hilton views the revolt in the context of a general European pattern of class conflict. He demonstrates that the peasant movements that disturbed the Middle Ages were not mere unrelated ... More »

Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381
Robert Bruce: And the Community of the Realm of Scotland

6. Robert Bruce: And the Community of the Realm of Scotland

By G.W.S. Barrow

This classic edition is the definitive history of Robert Bruce's life and career, during Scotland's tumultuous coming of age in the Wars of Independence, and one of the twentieth century's bona-fide classics in historical writing. It tells the story of how Robert Bruce outwitted Edward I, defeated his ... More »

7. The First European Revolution: c. 970-1215

By R. I. Moore | Used Price: 60% Off

This book provides a radical reassessment of Europe from the late tenth to the early thirteenth centuries. Professor Moore argues that the period witnessed the first true revolution in European society, characterized by a transformation in the economy, in family structures, and in the sources of power and ... More »

The First European Revolution: c. 970-1215
Principles of Government and Politics in the Middle Ages

8. Principles of Government and Politics in the Middle Ages

By Walter Ullmann

In many respects this book, first published in 1961, marked a somewhat radical departure from contemporary historical writings. It is neither a constitutional nor a political history, but a historical definition and explanation of the main features which characterised the three kinds of government which can be discerned ... More »

9. The Making of the Middle Ages

By R. W. Southern | Used Price: 90% Off

The subject of this book is the formation of Western Europe from the late 10th to the early 13th century. During these years the economic face of Europe and its position in the world were transformed. Civilization, as we understand it today, was born. Although the period witnessed ... More »

The Making of the Middle Ages
On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State

10. On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State

By Charles Tilly; Joseph R. Strayer

The modern state, however we conceive of it today, is based on a pattern that emerged in Europe in the period from 1100 to 1600. Written from the experience of a lifetime of teaching and research in the field, this short, clear book is ... More »

11. The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750

By James D. Tracy

The Political Economy of Merchant Empires 1350 - 1750 follows the growth of European trade and state power as Europe rose to a position of dominance. Without overemphasising the importance of long-distance trade to domestic economies, this history follows a trend in history from the Venetian merchant empires ... More »

The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750
The Making of the British Isles: The State of Britain and Ireland, 1450-1660

12. The Making of the British Isles: The State of Britain and Ireland, 1450-1660

By Steven G. Ellis; Christopher Maginn

The history of the British Isles is the story of four peoples linked together by a process of state building that was as much about far-sighted planning and vision as coincidence, accident and failure. It is a history of revolts and reversal, familial bonds and enmity, the study ... More »

13. Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain, 1470-1750

By Keith Wrightson

This important new book, widely praised in hardcover (Yale UP) redefines the economic history of early modern Britain for a new generation of readers. Wrightson writes evocatively about the basic institutions and relationships of economic life, tracing the process of change, and examining how these changes affected men, ... More »

Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain, 1470-1750
Reformation

14. Reformation

By Diarmaid MacCulloch | Used Price: 70% Off

The National Book Critics Circle Award–winning history of the Reformation—from the New York Times bestselling author of Christianity and Silence At a time when men and women were prepared to kill—and be killed—for their ... More »

15. Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830

By John H. Elliott | Used Price: 70% Off

This epic history compares the empires built by Spain and Britain in the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival in the New World to the end of Spanish colonial rule in the early nineteenth century. J. H. Elliott, one of the most distinguished and versatile historians working today, offers us ... More »

Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830
A People's History of England

16. A People's History of England

By A. L. Morton

A complete social and political history of England. Originally published in 1938. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the ... More »

17. The Population History of England 1541-1871

By E. A. Wrigley | Used Price: 70% Off

This is the first paperback edition of a classic work of recent English historiography, first published by Edward Arnold in 1981. Numerous traditional assumptions are qualified, confirmed, or overturned, and the authors marshall a mass of statistical material into a series of clear, lucid arguments about ... More »

The Population History of England 1541-1871
The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Volume 1, The Renaissance

18. The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Volume 1, The Renaissance

By Quentin Skinner | Used Price: 60% Off

A two-volume study of political thought from the late thirteenth to the end of the sixteenth century, the decisive period of transition from medieval to modern political theory. The work is intended to be both an introduction to the period for students, and a presentation and justification of ... More »

19. A History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830

By T. C. Smout | Under $1.00

('By far the most stimulating, the most instructive and the most readable account of Scotch history that I have read! This splendid work carries us from Knox to Neilson, from the hot gospel of Calvin to the hot-blast of the smelting process -- and, incidentally, seeks to explain ... More »

A History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830
Religion and the Decline of Magic

20. Religion and the Decline of Magic

By Keith Thomas | Used Price: 50% Off

Keith Thomas's text looks at the 16th and 17th centuries where magic was being challenged in religion with the Reformation and in general with the rise of scietific, rational thinking. More »

21. The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution

By Christopher Hill | Used Price: 70% Off

Within the English revolution of the mid-seventeenth century which resulted in the triumph of the protestant ethic - the ideology of the propertied class - there threatened another, quite different, revolution. Its success 'might have established communal property, a far wider democracy in political and legal institutions, might ... More »

The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution
The Fall of the British Monarchies 1637-1642

22. The Fall of the British Monarchies 1637-1642

By Conrad Russell

A history of the dramatic events which led to the collapse of Charles I's authority in England, Scotland, and Ireland in the 1640s, this book links incidents in the king's three domains to construct a narrative account which makes sense of British history, as well as of the ... More »

23. The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783

By John Brewer | Used Price: 60% Off

John Brewer's superb study shows how war and taxation moulded the English economy and state in ways that are still with us. More »

The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783
The World We Have Lost

24. The World We Have Lost

By Peter Laslett

The World We Have Lost is a seminal work in the study of family and class, kinship and community in England after the Middle Ages and before the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution. The book explores the size and structure of families in pre-industrial England, the ... More »

25. British Imperialism: 1688-2015

By P.J. Cain; A. G. Hopkins

A milestone in the understanding of British history and imperialism, this ground-breaking book radically reinterprets the course of modern economic development and the causes of overseas expansion during the past three centuries. Employing their concept of 'gentlemanly capitalism', the authors draw imperial and domestic British history together to ... More »

British Imperialism: 1688-2015
A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy

26. A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy

By Jonathan I. Israel

Democracy, free thought and expression, religious tolerance, individual liberty, political self-determination of peoples, sexual and racial equality--these values have firmly entered the mainstream in the decades since they were enshrined in the 1948 U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. But if these ideals no longer ... More »

27. The Enlightened Economy: Britain and the Industrial Revolution 1700-1850

By Joel Mokyr

Why did Western countries become so much wealthier than the rest of the world? And what explains the huge rise in incomes during the Industrial Revolution - and why did Britain lead the way? In the years between the Glorious Revolution and the Great Exhibition, the British economy ... More »

The Enlightened Economy: Britain and the Industrial Revolution 1700-1850
The First Industrial Nation: The Economic History of Britain 1700-1914

28. The First Industrial Nation: The Economic History of Britain 1700-1914

By Peter Mathias | Used Price: 70% Off

This celebrated and seminal text examines the industrial revolution, from its genesis in pre-industrial Britain, through its development and into maturity. A chapter-by-chapter analysis explores topics such as economic growth, agriculture, trade finance, labour and transport. First published in 1969, The First Industrial Nation is widely recognised ... More »

29. The Origins of Modern English Society

By Harold Perkin | Used Price: 50% Off

Bringing together subjects such as culture, religion, morals, politics, economics, and mentality, Perkin presents and applies a holistic concept of social history in the tradition of great historians of the past. In this classic text of social history, Harold Perkin explores the emergence of a new form ... More »

The Origins of Modern English Society
Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England

30. Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England

By J. M. Neeson

Did enclosure of the commons raise or lower living standards for the poor in England? This ground-breaking history enters that old debate, painting a rich picture of rural culture before enclosure and what was lost afterwards. Said to be the best book on the subject by EP Thompson. More »

31. Slavery and the British Empire: From Africa to America

By Kenneth Morgan | Used Price: 70% Off

Slavery and the British Empire provides a clear overview of the entire history of British involvement with slavery and the slave trade, from the Cape Colony to the Caribbean. The book combines economic, social, political, cultural, and demographic history, with a particular focus on the Atlantic world and ... More »

Slavery and the British Empire: From Africa to America
The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery: 1776-1848

32. The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery: 1776-1848

By Robin Blackburn | Used Price: 50% Off

In 1770 a handful of European nations ruled the Americas, drawing from them a stream of products, both everyday and exotic. Some two and a half million black slaves, imprisoned in plantation colonies, toiled to produce the sugar, coffee, cotton, ginger and indigo craved by Europeans. By 1848 ... More »

33. Two Nations and the Educational Structure 1780-1870

By Brian Simon | Used Price: 80% Off

The first of four studies in the "History of Education in England", this volume traces the emergence of modern education from the efforts of the scientific societies in the 1780s up to the securing of universal education with the Act of 1870. The ideas for model schools by ... More »

Two Nations and the Educational Structure 1780-1870
Clanship to Crofters War: The Social Transformation of the Scottish Highlands

34. Clanship to Crofters War: The Social Transformation of the Scottish Highlands

By Tom Devine

Received to wide acclaim when first published in the 1990s, this absorbing book remains one of the most important, influential and widely-read histories of the Scottish Highlands from the end of the Jacobite Risings to the great crofters' rebellion of the 1880s. T. M. Devine argues that the ... More »

35. The Making of the English Working Class

By E. P. Thompson | Used Price: 60% Off

This book transformed our understanding of English social history. Thompson revealed how working class people were not merely victims of history, moved by powerful forces outside of themselves, but were also active in creating their own culture and future, during the degradation of the industrial revolution. More »

The Making of the English Working Class
The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

36. The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

By Jonathan Rose | Used Price: 60% Off

Now in its second edition, this landmark book provides an intellectual history of the British working classes from the preindustrial era to the twentieth century. Drawing on workers’ memoirs, social surveys, library registers, and more, Jonathan Rose discovers which books people read, how they educated themselves, and what ... More »

37. Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800

By Peter Thorsheim | Used Price: 50% Off

Britain's supremacy in the nineteenth century depended in large part on its vast deposits of coal. This coal not only powered steam engines in factories, ships, and railway locomotives but also warmed homes and cooked food. As coal consumption skyrocketed, the air in Britain's cities and towns became ... More »

Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800
The Healthy Body and Victorian Culture

38. The Healthy Body and Victorian Culture

By Bruce Haley

The quest for health guided Victorian living habits, shaped educational goals, and sanctioned a mania for athletic sports. As both metaphor and ideal, it influenced psychology, religion, moral philosophy; it affected the writing of history as well as the criticism of literature. Here is a wide-ranging and ably ... More »

39. Plenty and Want: A Social History of Food in England from 1815 to the Present Day

By John Burnett

What did Queen Victoria have for dinner? And how did this compare with the meals of the poor in the nineteenth century? This classic account of English food habits since the industrial revolution answers these questions and more. More »

Plenty and Want: A Social History of Food in England from 1815 to the Present Day
Colonial Empires and Armies 1815-1960

40. Colonial Empires and Armies 1815-1960

By Victor Kiernan | Used Price: 70% Off

V.G. Kiernan examines the manner in which the wars were conducted and their impact not only on the conquered societies but also on the societies which launched them. Kiernan addresses the ideology of empire - the concept of the civilizing mission, the triumph of civilization over barbarism - ... More »

41. Legacies of British Slave-Ownership: Colonial Slavery and the Formation of Victorian Britain

By Catherine Hall; Keith McClelland; Nick Draper

This book re-examines the relationship between Britain and colonial slavery in a crucial period in the birth of modern Britain. Drawing on a comprehensive analysis of British slave-owners and mortgagees who received compensation from the state for the end of slavery, and tracing their trajectories in British life, ... More »

Legacies of British Slave-Ownership: Colonial Slavery and the Formation of Victorian Britain
Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire

42. Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire

By David Cannadine | Used Price: 90% Off

With the return of Hong Kong to the Chinese government in 1997, the empire that had lasted three hundred years and "upon which the sun never set" finally lost its hold on the world and slipped into history. But the question of how we understand the British Empire--its ... More »

43. Democratic Subjects: The Self and the Social in Nineteenth-Century England

By Patrick Joyce | Used Price: 80% Off

This pioneering and highly original study explores critically the nature of class identity by looking at the formation and influence of two men (Edwin Waugh and John Bright) who are taken as representative of what "working class" and "middle class" meant in England in the nineteenth century. ... More »

Democratic Subjects: The Self and the Social in Nineteenth-Century England
The Tentacles of Progress: Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940

44. The Tentacles of Progress: Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940

By Daniel Headrick | Used Price: 70% Off

Daniel Headrick examines why the massive transfer of Western technology to European colonies did not spark an industrial revolution in those countries. Rather than spurring economic progress, he argues, the transfer of stock technology between 1850 and 1940 caused the traditional self-sufficient economies of the colonial regions to ... More »

45. 1848: The British State and the Chartist Movement

By John Saville | Used Price: 70% Off

This is a detailed study of the workings of the various parts of the British state in their confrontation with the radical movements of Chartism and Irish nationalism. The year 1848 was notable, first, for the immense influence of the French revolution of February upon the whole of ... More »

1848: The British State and the Chartist Movement
Victorian Feminists

46. Victorian Feminists

By Barbara Caine | Used Price: 90% Off

A study of Victorian feminism, this book focuses on four leading feminists: Emily Davies, Frances Power Cobbe, Josephine Butler, and Millicent Garrett Fawcett. Caine uncovers the range, diversity, and complexity of Victorian feminism, and examines the relationship between personal experience and feminist commitment. Caine sets her carefully researched ... More »

47. Colonialism and Development: Britain and its Tropical Colonies, 1850-1960

By Michael A. Havinden; David Meredith

British colonial rule of the tropics is the critical background to contemporary development issues. This study of Britain's economic and political relationship with its tropical colonies provides detailed analyses of trade and policy. The considerations of past successes and failures elucidate current opportunities and developments. No other book ... More »

Colonialism and Development: Britain and its Tropical Colonies, 1850-1960
Mammon and the Pursuit of Empire

48. Mammon and the Pursuit of Empire

By Lance E. Davis; Robert A. Huttenback

Historians have so far made few attempts to assess directly the costs and benefits of Britain's investment in empire. This book presents answers to some of the key questions about the economics of imperialism: how large was the flow of finance to the empire? How great were the ... More »

49. Imperialism and Popular Culture

By John M. MacKenzie | Used Price: 90% Off

Popular culture is invariably a vehicle for the dominant ideas of its age. Never was this more true than in the late-19th and early 20th centuries, when it reflected the nationalist and imperialist ideologies current throughout Europe. This text examines the various media through which nationalist ideas were ... More »

Imperialism and Popular Culture
Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India

50. Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India

By David Arnold | Used Price: 60% Off

In this innovative analysis of medicine and disease in colonial India, David Arnold explores the vital role of the state in medical and public health activities, arguing that Western medicine became a critical battleground between the colonized and the colonizers.Focusing on three major epidemic diseases—smallpox, cholera, and plague—Arnold ... More »

51. Late Victorian Holocausts

By Mike Davis | Used Price: 70% Off

Examining a series of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human ... More »

Late Victorian Holocausts
The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire

52. The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire

By John Newsinger

The Blood Never Dried challenges the rising chorus of claims that the British Empire was a kinder, gentler force in the world of imperialism. John Newsinger sets out to uncover this neglected history of repression and resistance. To the boast that ""the sun never set on the British ... More »

53. Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory

By Cormac O Grada | Used Price: 80% Off

Here Ireland's premier economic historian and one of the leading authorities on the Great Irish Famine examines the most lethal natural disaster to strike Europe in the nineteenth century. Between the mid-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, the food source that we still call the Irish ... More »

Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory
Crime and Society in England: 1750 - 1900

54. Crime and Society in England: 1750 - 1900

By Clive Emsley

Acknowledged as one of the best introductions to the history of crime in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,Crime and Society in England 1750-1900 examines thedevelopments in policing, the courts, and the penal system as England became increasingly industrialised and urbanised. The book challenges the old but still influential ... More »

55. Africa and the Victorians: The Official Mind of Imperialism

By Ronald Robinson; John Gallagher

Imperialism in the eyes of the world is still Europe’s original sin, even though the empires themselves have long since disappeared. Among the most egregious of imperial acts was Victorian Britain’s seemingly random partition of Africa. In this classic work of history, a standard text for generations of ... More »

Africa and the Victorians: The Official Mind of Imperialism
The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914

56. The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914

By Timothy H. Parsons | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Although Britain's overseas empire may not have been "acquired in a fit of absence of mind," as one of its most prominent historians once alleged, neither was it the brainchild of politicians and bureaucrats in London. Why, then, has so much imperial history been written from this metropolitan ... More »

57. That Noble Science of Politics: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History

By J. W. Burrow; Stefan Collini; Donald Winch

In this unusual and important work, three well-known historians of ideas examine the diverse forms taken in nineteenth-century Britain by the aspiration to develop what was then known as a 'science of politics'. This aspiration encompassed a more extensive and ambitious range of concerns than is implied by ... More »

That Noble Science of Politics: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History
The Wilde Century

58. The Wilde Century

By Alan Sinfield | Used Price: 80% Off

For 15 years in Victorian England, Oscar Wilde was able to carry on like the famous camp queen of our imaginings - effete, leisured, aesthetic, amoral, decadent, dandified. This work explores how Wilde was seen before the trials that ended his career and made him the most famous ... More »

59. Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It

By Sheila Rowbotham | Under $1.00

Hidden From History is a study of women in Britain from the 1600s to the 1930s. It demonstrates how class, gender, work, family life, personal life and social pressures have interacted in women's endeavours for equality. More »

Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It
The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938

60. The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938

By Thomas C. Holt | Used Price: 60% Off

"Holt greatly extends and deepens our understanding of the emancipation experience when, for just over a century, the people of Jamaica struggled to achieve their own vision of freedom and autonomy against powerful conservative forces."-David Barry Gaspar. More »

61. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

By Karl Polanyi | Used Price: 50% Off

In Polanyi's classic work of economic history and sociology, he examines societal changes since the Industrial Revolution and expertly explains the inadequacies of the free market. Published in 1944, it is as relevant as today as ever, with Harvard Professor Stephen Walt recommending it in his Top 10 ... More »

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time
Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000

62. Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000

By Peter Clarke | Used Price: 80% Off

Peter Clarke brilliantly challenges the commonly held view of Britain in the twentieth century as a nation in decline. Adopting a wide perspective, he examines the political, social and economic changes that transformed Britain. He looks at how jobs and prices, food and shelter, and education and welfare, ... More »

63. The Age of Extremes: 1914-1991

By Eric Hobsbawm | Used Price: 80% Off

Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, 1914-1950, the Golden Age, 1950-1973, and the Landslide, 1973-1991, Hobsbawm marshals a vast array of data into a volume of unparalleled inclusiveness, vibrancy, and insight, a work that ranks with his classics The Age of Empire and The Age of ... More »

The Age of Extremes: 1914-1991
An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain

64. An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain

By John Sheail

Environmental history - the history of the relationship between people and the natural world - is a dynamic and increasingly important field. In An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain, John Sheail breaks new ground in illustrating how some of the most pressing concerns came to be recognised, and ... More »

65. Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century

By Ritchie Ovendale

A critique of Anglo-American relations in the 20th century in the light of recent research. It challenges existing interpretations and argues that the basis of the Anglo-American special relationship was laid by Roosevelt and Chamberlain, preferred Stalin to Churchill, and that the origins of the Cold War should ... More »

Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century
Conservative Century: The Conservative Party since 1900

66. Conservative Century: The Conservative Party since 1900

By Anthony Seldon; Stuart Ball | 90% Off

The dominant force in twentieth-century British politics, the Conservative Party has nevertheless been seriously neglected and misunderstood. Conservative Century systematically surveys the history of the Party from the "Khaki" election of 1900 to John Major's victory of 1992 and beyond. Ignoring traditional boundaries between history and political science, ... More »

67. The Strange Death of Liberal England: 1910-1914

By George Dangerfield

The Strange Death of Liberal England, written by George Dangerfield, examines the causes of the fall of the British Liberal Party, from 1910 to 1914. The book was listed in the Modern Library's top 100 best nonfiction books. More »

The Strange Death of Liberal England: 1910-1914
The Guns of August

68. The Guns of August

By Barbara Tuchman | Used Price: 70% Off

The Pulitzer Prize winning, The Guns of August, by Barbara W. Tuchman, is focussed on the first month of World War I. Tuchman explains in detail the events that led to the war. The book was featured in the Modern Library's Top 100 nonfiction books of the 20th Century. More »

69. The Great War and Modern Memory

By Paul Fussell | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The Great War and Modern Memory is a book that describes the literary works by English participants in World War I to their experiences in trench warfare. Fussell describes how the futility and insanity of war defined the thinking of a generation and led England away from Romantacism. The book won the ... More »

The Great War and Modern Memory
The Great War: 1914-1918

70. The Great War: 1914-1918

By Marc Ferro | Used Price: 90% Off

A landmark history of the war that firmly places the First World War in the context of imperialism and gives due weight to the role of non-Europeans in the conflict. More »

71. English History 1914-1945

By A.J.P. Taylor | Used Price: 90% Off

During ten of the 31 years between 1914 and 1945 the English people were involved in world wars; for 19 of the years they lived in the shadow of mass unemployment. These themes and the politics which sprang from them shape the narrative of this book. More »

English History 1914-1945

73. Imperialism and the British Labour Movement, 1914-1964

By Partha Sarathi Gupta | 70% Off

This book examines the attitudes and politics of the British labour movement towards the British Empire and the Commonwealth in the twentieth century. Its focus is not the British working class as such but rather the decision-making and policy-framing institutions of the labour movement, such as the Labour ... More »

Imperialism and the British Labour Movement, 1914-1964
British Unemployment 1919-1939

74. British Unemployment 1919-1939

By W. R. Garside | Used Price: 50% Off

Despite the dominance of unemployment in the historiography of interwar Britain, there is as yet no comprehensive single volume study of government reactions to the problem over the entire period down to 1939. British Unemployment 1919-1939 aims to fill that gap. W.R. Garside draws upon ... More »

75. Warfare State: Britain, 1920-1970

By David Edgerton

This impressively researched and controversial book presents an alternative account of the development of one of the greatest states of the twentieth-century. It represents the culmination of David Edgerton's long-standing research on the relationship between science, technology, the military and the British state. Edgerton seeks to put the ... More »

Warfare State: Britain, 1920-1970
From Versailles to Pearl Harbor: The Origins of the Second World War in Europe and Asia

76. From Versailles to Pearl Harbor: The Origins of the Second World War in Europe and Asia

By Margaret Lamb; Nicholas Tarling | Under $1.00

This book sheds new light on the Asian factor in the making of World War II in Europe. Margaret Lamb and Nicholas Tarling examine how the threat that Japan presented to the status quo in East Asia made it difficult for Britain to face Hitler's Germany and More »

Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II

78. Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II

By Madhusree Mukerjee | Used Price: 70% Off

A dogged enemy of Hitler, resolute ally of the Americans, and inspiring leader through World War II, Winston Churchill is venerated as one of the truly great statesmen of the last century. But while he has been widely extolled for his achievements, parts of Churchill’s record have gone ... More »

79. The Economic History of Britain since 1700: Volume 3: 1939 - 1992

By Roderick Floud; Deirdre McCloskey | 80% Off

An economic history of Britain since 1700, in three volumes by thirty-nine eminent historians and economists, this book will succeed the first edition of "Floud and McCloskey" (published in 1981) as the leading textbook on its subject. The text has a firm economic basis, but emphasizes the historical ... More »

The Economic History of Britain since 1700: Volume 3: 1939 - 1992
The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, 1945-1967

80. The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, 1945-1967

By David French | Used Price: 60% Off

The claim by the Ministry of Defence in 2001 that 'the experience of numerous small wars has provided the British Army with a unique insight into this demanding form of conflict' unravelled spectacularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. One important reason for that, David French suggests, was because contemporary ... More »

81. The Ambiguities of Power: British Foreign Policy Since 1945

By Mark Curtis

Using formerly secret government documents and independent sources, this historical study argues for a radically revised understanding of Post-war British foreign policy. Dr Curtis shows that, contrary to the impression usually conveyed by both academic writing and press coverage, British policy, in both intention and effect, had been ... More »

The Ambiguities of Power: British Foreign Policy Since 1945
The Hidden Hand: Britain, America, and Cold War Secret Intelligence

82. The Hidden Hand: Britain, America, and Cold War Secret Intelligence

By Richard J. Aldrich | Used Price: 60% Off

Paranoia with respect to Russia raged in the wake of World War II, just as Churchill had foreseen: fear of a "nuclear Pearl Harbor" and the growing challenge of political stability in Europe gripped the Western world. The advent of new and terrifying weapons of war and annihilation-atomic ... More »

83. Human Rights and the End of Empire: Britain and the Genesis of the European Convention

By A. W. Brian Simpson

The European Convention on Human Rights of 1950 established the most effective international system of human rights protection ever created. This is the first book that gives a comprehensive account of how it came into existence, of the part played in its genesis by the British government, and ... More »

Human Rights and the End of Empire: Britain and the Genesis of the European Convention
Britain since 1945: The People's Peace

84. Britain since 1945: The People's Peace

By Kenneth O. Morgan | Used Price: 90% Off

This penetrating analysis is the first comprehensive study by a professional historian of British history from 1945 to the present day. It examines the transformation of post-war Britain from the planning enthusiasm of 1945 to the rise of New Labour. Using a wide variety of sources, including the ... More »

85. No Turning Back: The Peacetime Revolutions of Post-War Britain

By Paul Addison | Used Price: 60% Off

In No Turning Back, Paul Addison charts the vastly changing character of British society since the end of the Second World War, tracing a series of peaceful revolutions that have completely transformed the country. He shows, for instance, that much of the sexual morality preached if not practiced ... More »

No Turning Back: The Peacetime Revolutions of Post-War Britain
Britain and the Cold War

86. Britain and the Cold War

By Sean Greenwood

During the Cold War, the process of East West tension, though dominated by the Superpowers, was often conditioned, and in its early stages accelerated, by Britain's continuing world wide interests and influence. Since the 1980s, British scholars have been using newly released material to demonstrate the central role ... More »

87. The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience

By Stephen A. Marglin; Juliet B. Schor

The period after World War Two, with its sustained growth and high employment rate, has been referred to as the "golden age" of capitalism. Blending historical analysis with economic theory, this work presents essays that scrutinize the institutions that fostered this growth and high employment as well as ... More »

The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience
States and the Reemergence of Global Finance: From Bretton Woods to the 1990s

88. States and the Reemergence of Global Finance: From Bretton Woods to the 1990s

By Eric Helleiner | Used Price: 90% Off

Most accounts explain the postwar globalization of financial markets as a product of unstoppable technological and market forces. Drawing on extensive historical research, Eric Helleiner provides the first comprehensive political history of the phenomenon, one that details and explains the central role played by states in permitting and ... More »

89. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

By Tony Judt | Used Price: 70% Off

Tony Judt's Postwar is an inimitable history of Europe since 1045. Postwar ties together the histories of over 40 European nations, both Eastern and Western, in a grand narrative that also serves as a history of the development of the European Union. More »

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Britannia Overruled: British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century

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

By David Reynolds | Used Price: 90% Off

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, David Reynolds has added a new chapters and ... More »

91. Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya

By Caroline Elkins | Used Price: 90% Off

Only a few years after Britain defeated fascism came the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya - a mass armed rebellion by the Kikuyu people, demanding the return of their land and freedom. The draconian response of Britain's colonial government was to detain nearly the entire Kikuyu population of ... More »

Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya
From Beveridge to Blair: The First Fifty Years of Britain's Welfare State

92. From Beveridge to Blair: The First Fifty Years of Britain's Welfare State

By Margaret Jones; Rodney Lowe | 70% Off

The creation of Britain's welfare state in 1948 was an event of major international importance. Designed to provide a concise introduction to the evolution of both the structure of the welfare state and attitudes towards it. Concentrates on five core services: health care, education, social security, the personal ... More »

93. Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

By David McKittrick; David McVea | 60% Off

Compellingly written and even-handed in its judgments, this is by far the clearest account of what has happened through the years in the Northern Ireland conflict, and why. After a chapter of background on the period from 1921 to 1963, it covers the ensuing period?the descent into violence, ... More »

Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland
A Short History of the Labour Party

94. A Short History of the Labour Party

By Henry Pelling; Alastair J. Reid

This is the classic account of the rise of the Labour Party from its foundation through to Tony Blair's second term as Prime Minister. Thoroughly revised and updated, it describes the events that led to the inception of the party, the role of the trade unions within the ... More »

95. Cultural Marxism in Postwar Britain

By Dennis Dworkin

In this intellectual history of British cultural Marxism, Dennis Dworkin explores one of the most influential bodies of contemporary thought. Tracing its development from beginnings in postwar Britain, through its various transformations in the 1960s and 1970s, to the emergence of British cultural studies at Birmingham, and up ... More »

Cultural Marxism in Postwar Britain
A History of British Trade Unionism, 1700-1998

96. A History of British Trade Unionism, 1700-1998

By W. Hamish Fraser

This new history of British trade unionism offers the most concise and up-to-date account of 300 years of trade union development, from the earliest documented attempts at collective action by working people in the eighteenth century through to the very different world of `New Unionism' and `New Labour'. More »

97. When Was Wales?: A History of the Welsh

By Gwyn A. Williams | Under $1.00

When has Wales been able to describe itself as an independent nation and will it ever be able to do so in the future? The question of national identity has affected the Welsh throughout their history. Drawing on myth, legend and poetry and on the talents and ambitions ... More »

When Was Wales?: A History of the Welsh
The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class

98. The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class

By Selina Todd

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood or background. And yet I looked in vain for any aspect of my family's story when I went to university to read history, and continued to search fruitlessly for it throughout the next decade. Eventually I realised ... More »

99. London: A Social History

By Roy Porter | Under $1.00

This dazzling and yet intimate book is the first modern one-volume history of London from Roman times to the present. An extraordinary city, London grew from a backwater in the Classical age into an important medieval city, a significant Renaissance urban center, and a modern colossus. Roy ... More »

London: A Social History
Sexuality and Its Discontents: Meanings, Myths, and Modern Sexualities

100. Sexuality and Its Discontents: Meanings, Myths, and Modern Sexualities

By Jeffrey Weeks | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Few topics evoke so much anxiety and pleasure, pain and hope, discussion and silence as sexuality. Throughout the Christian era it has been a major moral preoccupation. Since the eighteenth century it has also been the focus of 'scientific' exploration and political activity. But, despite this obsessive concern, ... More »


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