Events That Changed Great Britain, from 1066 to 1714

Events That Changed Great Britain, from 1066 to 1714

Events That Changed Great Britain, from 1066 to 1714

Events That Changed Great Britain, from 1066 to 1714

Synopsis

This unique resource describes and evaluates ten of the most important events in British history between the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Glorious Revolution of 1689 and its aftermath. A full chapter is devoted to each event, and each chapter includes an introduction presenting factual information in a clear, chronological order.

Excerpt

This volume, which describes and evaluates ten of the most important events in Great Britain before 1714, is the second in a two-volume series on events that changed Great Britain. The first volume treated events that occurred between 1714 and the present. This volume is a kind of historical cousin to our two other series of books, Events That Changed the World, which consisted of five volumes published between 1995 and 2001, and Events That Changed America, which consisted of four volumes published between 1996 and 2000.

In a sense, those series and the positive response to them provided the inspiration for this series. Great Britain has loomed large in the history of the world since at least the sixteenth century, and it has, of course, also played a pivotal role in the early development of the United States. As a consequence, volumes in our two other series make frequent references to British history, and when Barbara Rader, our former editor at Greenwood Press, suggested that we do a two-volume series on events that changed Great Britain, it seemed an excellent idea. We hope that this book and its companion on the later events that shaped British history will enable students and lay readers to place Great Britain in its proper world historical context and also to appreciate the fascinating history of Britain itself.

The current volume is designed to serve two purposes. First, the editors have provided an introduction that presents factual material about each event in a clear, concise, chronological order. Second, each introduction is followed by a longer interpretive essay by a specialist exploring the ramifications of the event under consideration. Each essay concludes with a

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