Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Price: £55.00 and £19.99
ISBN: 9780230537491 and 7507
Few periods of British history have been subject to so many interpretations as the 18th century. Jeremy Black opens with a superb and balanced survey of these conflicting views, and this second Edition: enables him to take account of recent scholarship. Students will find this a valuable book, which deals with the big questions about the period while providing a wealth of detail. The organisation into thematic chapters on subjects such as "Life and death", "Transport and trade", "Towns", "Politics" and "The rise of a world power" is well adapted to the needs of the undergraduate. Black never talks down to the reader, yet makes complex concepts and arguments clear.
Who is it for? Undergraduates and anyone seeking to understand this crucial period of British history.
Presentation: An interpretative synthesis backed by a chronology and a guide to further reading.
Would you recommend it? Yes. It provides a consistent analysis, yet also considers other interpretations of Britain in the 18th century.