By David Feldman (editor), Jon Lawrence (editor)
This significant choice of essays demanding situations a lot of our preconceptions approximately British political and social heritage from the overdue eighteenth century to the current. encouraged by way of the paintings of Gareth Stedman Jones, twelve prime students discover either the long term buildings - social, political and highbrow - of recent British background, and the forces that experience remodeled these constructions at key moments. the result's a chain of insightful, unique essays featuring new learn inside a extensive ancient context. matters lined comprise the implications of quick demographic switch within the eighteenth and 19th centuries; the forces shaping transnational networks, particularly these among Britain and its empire; and the recurrent challenge of the way we attach cultural politics to social swap. An introductory essay situates Stedman Jones's paintings in the broader historiographical tendencies of the previous thirty years, drawing very important conclusions approximately new instructions for scholarship within the twenty-first century.