The Oxford History of Britain
The Oxford History of Britain tells the story of Britain and itspeople over two thousand years, from the coming of the Romanlegions to the present day. Encompassing political, social,economic, and cultural developments throughout the British Isles,the dramatic narrative is taken up in turn by ten leadinghistorians who offer the fruits of the best modern scholarship tothe general reader in an authoritative form.A vivid, sometimes surprising picture emerges of a continuousturmoil of change in every period, and the wider social context ofpolitical and economic tension is made clear. But consensus, noless than conflict, is a part of the story: in focusing on elementsof continuity down the centuries, the authors bring out thatspecial awareness of identity which has been such a distinctivefeature of British society. By relating both these factors in theBritish experience, and by exploring the manyways in which Britain has shaped and been shaped by contact withEurope and the wider world, this landmark work brings the readerface to face with the past, and the foundations of modern Britishsociety.The new edition brings the story into the twenty-first century,covering the changes to British society and culture during theBlair years and the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.