Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837

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Yale University Press, 2009 - History - 442 pages
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How was Great Britain made? And what does it mean to be British? This brilliant and seminal book examines how a more cohesive British nation was invented after 1707 and how this new national identity was nurtured through war, religion, trade, and empire. Lavishly illustrated and powerful, Britons remains a major contribution to our understanding of Britain’s past, and continues to influence ongoing controversies about this polity’s survival and future. This edition contains an extensive new preface by the author.

“A sweeping survey, . . . evocatively illustrated and engagingly written.”—Harriet Ritvo, New York Times Book Review

“Challenging, fascinating, enormously well informed.”—John Barrell, London Review of Books

“Linda Colley writes with clarity and grace...Her stimulating book will be, and deserves to be influential”—E. P. Thompson, Dissent

Linda Colley is Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University.

Winner of the Wolfson History Prize

A New York Times Notable Book

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User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

It was rather dry and tedious but I definitely learned a lot about the British national identity. It is clear the Colley's knowledge is extensive. It is also clear that much research went into this work. This is definitely not a bed time read novel. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Conner - Goodreads

Forging of the British Isles from the joining of crowns in 1707 into the Victorian age. While England and Scotland are represented, little attention overall is paid to that of Wales and Ireland. A more incorporating history of ALL Britons would be a more thorough and conclusive historiography. Read full review



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Linda Colley was professor of history at yale University from 1982-1997 when she accepted an appointment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has just accepted a position as professor of history at Princeton which will begin in the Fall of 2003.

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