The History of Great Britain
2nd Edition
by Anne B. Rodrick
November 2018, 276pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6274-8
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning British monarch in history—but what was this nation like before she took the throne?

This addition to The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations provides an updated, clear, and concise history of Great Britain that will be of value to undergraduates and to a general readership

This updated and expanded volume serves as an introduction to the history of Great Britain, from prehistory to the present. Guiding the reader through complex developments in politics, economics, culture, and empire, this book helps readers to understand how the four kingdoms of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland have come together and split apart over centuries of change.

Chronologically arranged chapters will help readers to better understand British history as it includes pre-Roman Britain, Britain’s Tudors, the Reformation, and World Wars I and II, in addition to current events such as Brexit and others for which Theresa May has been prime minister. A timeline, a glossary, and an appendix of significant individuals in the history of Great Britain help to round out the text. The strong narrative line allows readers to understand the ways in which Great Britain has both responded to and guided global changes in economics and class, gender and race, and the politics of expansionism and nativism.


  • Presents a timeline of significant events with an at-a-glance overview of Great Britain’s history
  • Provides an appendix of notable people in the history of Great Britain and brief biographies of those who have made important contributions in history
  • Offers photos and maps as additional context to support the text
  • Features an annotated bibliography with detailed information on resources for further study
Anne B. Rodrick, PhD, is Reeves Family Professor of History and Humanities at Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC. She is author of Self-Help and Civic Culture: Citizenship in Victorian Birmingham as well as several articles on Victorian culture and the periodical press.

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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