The Oxford Companion to British HistoryBook - 1997
Here, in a single convenient volume, is the essential reference book for anyone with an interest in British history and its contemporary legacy. Drawing on the latest scholarship, over 100 distinguished contributors describe and analyse the people and events that have shaped and defined lifein Britain over 2000 years of political, social and cultural change.Over 4000 entries - ranging from quick-reference summaries to essay-length overviews - provide a wealth of fact and insight on all aspects of the subject and from a variety of perspectives, including social, political, military, cultural, economic, scientific, and feminist. As well as coverage ofexpected topics such as monarchs, battles, and political events, there are dozens of entries on the wider aspects of British life and culture over the centuries: Boudica and Stanley Baldwin are here, but so are Enid Blyton and Jesse Boot, whilst the Boat Race and Big Ben find a place along with theBloody Assizes and the Battle of Bosworth.The unrivalled range of lateral coverage includes authors, composers and musicians, legal and technical terms, newspapers and periodicals, ranks and orders, sport and leisure, and scholarship and education. For readers interested in local history, or who like to explore history on the ground, thereare also entries on individual counties, cathedrals and churches, palaces and royal residences, and a range of other sites of historical significance.As well as providing reliable factual information, the Companion also offers detailed interpretation and analysis, giving readers a sense of how events and personalities relate to each other, whilst its multi-disciplinary approach places topics in the widest possible context. Designed to be usefulfor the school or university student, as well as for the general reader, The Oxford Companion to British History is in the great tradition of Oxford Companions: authoritative, comprehensive, accessible, elegantly written, and - above all - companionable. Whether you need to check the date of thePeasants' Revolt, understand what happened at the Battle of Imphal, find out about the history of maypoles, or compare the careers of successive Princes of Wales, this is a book no home reference shelf should be without.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997
Characteristics: xii, 1044 p. : ill., maps