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David Loades, Editor

The essential starting point for research relating to British history!

Key Features

About the Editor

The Reader's Guide to British History is the essential source to secondary material on British history. This resource contains over 1,000 A-Z entries on the history of Britain, from ancient and Roman Britain to the present day. Each entry lists 6-12 of the best-known books on the subject, then discusses those works in an essay of 800 to 1,000 words prepared by an expert in the field. The essays provide advice on the range and depth of coverage as well as the emphasis and point of view espoused in each publication.

This Guide includes entries on:

  • Famous figures in British history including politicians, explorers, religious personages, scientists, royalty, aristocracy, and reformers

  • Industries such as book production, steel, farming, film, electricity, and the railways

  • Organizations such as the Labour Party, National Health Service, Royal Society of London, trade unions, and the Conservative Party

  • Important events including the Battle of Hastings, the Hundred Years' War, the loss of the American Colonies, the Protestant Revolution, the Great Irish Famine, and the twentieth-century women's movements

  • History of cities such as Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow, London, Norwich, and Manchester

This valuable resource contains cross-references, an alphabetic as well as a thematic list of entries, and a booklist index that lists the works discussed within the Guide in addition to a general index.

The Reader's Guide to British History is a key source for researchers needing the most important scholarship on all matters relating to British history. Teachers, students, and librarians will find this to be an invaluable starting point to guide their research in the right direction.

  • Over 1,000 A-Z entries covering the most important critical scholarship on British History

  • Thematic list of entries including umbrella topics such as cities and their history; periods, ranging from early and Medieval to modern and contemporary; and territorial and administrative units, both ecclesiastical and secular

  • Pertinent historical background information for each entry

  • A wide range of topics, from prehistoric archaeology to the prime ministership of Tony Blair and from early patterns of land settlement to computer technology

  • Comprehensive, analytic index as well as a booklist index of works discussed



David Loades is a Tudor specialist who was trained in Cambridge under Geoffrey Elton. He is currently Director of the British Academy John Foxe Project, based at the University of Sheffield. His many books include Henry VIII and His Queens (1994); John Dudley: Duke of Northumberland (1996); Tudor Government (1997); England's Maritime Empire (2000); and Elizabeth I (2003).

Board of Advisers

Jeremy Black
University of Exeter

Kelly Boyd
Middlesex University

Jonathan Clark
University of Kansas

Patricia Crawford
University of Western Australia

Nancy Edwards
University College of Wales, Bangor

Stephen Ellis
National University of Ireland, Galway

Dale Hoak
College of William and Mary, Virginia

Rohan McWilliam
Anglia Polytechnic University

Mark Ormrod
University of York

Huw Pryce
University College of Wales, Bangor

Daniel Szechi
Auburn University, Alabama

Scott Waugh
University of California, Los Angeles

Patrick Wormald
Christ Church, University of Oxford

Christoper Wrigley
University of Nottingham




  • June 2003
  • ISBN: 1-57958-242-7
  • 1648 pages
  • 2 volumes
  • Library Binding
  • 8-1/2" X 11"
  • Acid-Free Paper
  • Price: $295.00 [Can. $443.00]


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