A People's History of England

A People's History of England

Author(s): 
Sep 1999
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ISBN: 
9780853157236
£18.00

This classic work lays out the main outlines and most important turning points of British history - from the point of view of the ordinary people - in a clear and jargon-free style.

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This classic work lays out the main outlines and most important turning points of British history - from the point of view of the ordinary people - in a clear and jargon-free style. Fascinating for the general reader and the historian alike, A People’s History of England - which has been continuously in print for more than fifty years - is the indispensable work on the subject. 

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Foreword

I TRIBES AND LEGIONS
1. The Iberians
2. The Celtic Tribes
3. Roman Britain
4. The Roman Twilight

II THE GROWTH OF FEUDALISM
1. The English Conquest
2. The Township
3. Christianity
4. The Northmen
5. The End of Saxon England

III FEUDAL ENGLAND
1. The Conquest
2.  The Social Structure of Domesday England
3. State: Baron: Church
4. Foreign Relations
5. The Great Charter

IV THE DECLINE OF FEUDALISM
1. Trade and Towns
2. Parliamentary Origins
3. Wales: Ireland: Scotland
4. The Hundred Years’ War and the Revolution in Military Technique
5. The Black Death
6. The Peasants’ Rising
7. The Political Significance of the Lollard Heresy

THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES
1. A Century of Paradox
2. Parliament and the House of Lancaster
3. The Hundred Years’ War – II
4. The Wars of the Roses

VI THE NEW MONARCHY AND THE BOURGEOISIE
1. The Clothing Industry
2. The Discoveries
3. The Agrarian Revolution
4. The Tudor Monarchy
5. The Reformation in England
6. The Counter-Reformation and the Elizabethan Settlement

VII ORIGIN OF THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION
1. The Struggle with Spain
2. The Chartered Companies
3. Crown and Parliament
4. The Puritans
5. Fundamental Issues in the English Revolution

VIII THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION
1. The Long Parliament: Classes and Parties
2. The Civil War
3. Regicide
4. The Levellers

IX COMMONWEALTH AND COMPROMISE
1. Ireland: Scotland
2. The Commonwealth
3. The Compromise of 1660
4. The Compromise of 1688

WHIG ENGLAND
1. War Finance
2. Party Politics
3. Colonial War
4. The American Revolution
5. War and Industry

XI THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
1. Agriculture
2. Fuel, Iron and Transport
3. Textiles: the Speenhamland Experiment
4. The French Revolution
5. The Napoleonic Wars

XII THE TRIUMPH OF INDUSTRIAL CAPITALISM
1. England after Waterloo
2. The War in the Villages
3. Factory Legislation
4. The Roots of Liberalism
5. The Reform Bill

XIII LIBERAL ASCENDANCY
1. The New Poor Law and the Railway Age
2. The Corn Laws
3. Foreign Politics: Palmerston to Disraeli
4. The Second Reform Bill

XIV THE ORGANISATION OF THE WORKING CLASS
1. Revolutionary Trade Unionism
2. The Chartists
3. The New Model
4. Socialism and the Organisation of the Unskilled
5. The War for the Land and the National Struggle in Ireland

XV COLONIAL EXPANSION
1. India
2. Canada and Australia
3. Egypt
4. Tropical and South Africa

XVI ORIGINS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
1. Imperialism
2. Triple Alliance, Triple Entente
3. Internal Crisis,1906-1914
4. The Road to Sarajevo

XVII WORLD WAR: WORLD CRISIS
1. The First World War
2. The Home Front

‘Nobody has since written a single volume history of the country to compare with it.’ Eric Hobsbawm

 

‘The best history of England for the ordinary reader’ Christopher Hill

“As Morton himself states, ‘In spite of its title, this book is not so much a History of England as an essay in historical interpretation’… Morton implements historical materialism in a very readable way that brings its theoretical power to bare on aspects of British history beyond its usual concerns. Excellent introduction and overview to both British history and historical materialism.” - John Sidwell