This highly illustrated, information-packed volume explores British history from Neolithic times right up to New Labour. Every double-page spread focuses on a different topic, making it a pleasure to dip into and easy to look up any subject that interests you, be it Boudicca's Rebellion, the wars against Napoleon or the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Find out how centuries of invasions and migrations shaped British society and culture; how four proud and fiercely independent territories finally came together to form the United Kingdom; how a small island nation rose to become a global power, controlling the largest empire the world had ever seen; and how that empire was lost and today's modern, multicultural Britain emerged.
Timelines provide helpful chronological reference and are a handy addition to this informative text. Conveniently arranged in eight sections, each dealing with a major historical period, chapters include: Prehistoric Britain; Roman Britain; Invaders and Settlers; Medieval Britain; Early Modern Britain; Georgian Britain; Victorian Britain and The Twentieth Century. The book covers the key historical events and adds vignettes of lesser-known but interesting details like the uprisings in Dark Age Wales and the birth of tabloid newspapers in Victorian Britain. More than 150 illustrations and photographs bring the text to life.