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The British problem, c1534-1707: state formation in the Atlantic archipelago

The British problem, c1534-1707: state formation in the Atlantic archipelago

Bradshaw, Brendan; Morrill, J. S. (John Stephen), 1946-

Much that is stimulatingly contentious but all is excellent. This work not merely reinterprets British history in terms of the past interactions between four nations, but could have a real impact on how we think of the present crises of British identity, Britain and Europe and relations between England, Ireland and Scotland.' - Professor Bernard Crick;This pioneering book seeks to transcend the limitations of separate English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh histories by taking the archipelago made up of the islands of Britain and Ireland as a single unit of study. This is a story of the creation of a British state system if not a British state, with the incorporation of Wales into the English state, the creation of a kingdom of Ireland dependent on the English Crown and of a confederation of the Scottish and English crowns; and it is the story of how the various peoples of the archipelago interacted and became different peoples as a result of that interaction

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Brendan Bradshaw and John Morrill
ISBN: 033359245X, 0333592468, 9780333592458, 9780333592465
Note: Bibliography: p262-272. - Includes index.
Physical Description: x,334p ; 23 cm.
Series: Problems in focus series
Subject: Great Britain Politics and government 1603-1714.; Great Britain Politics and government 1485-1603.; Ireland Politics and government 18th century.; Ireland Politics and government 17th century.; Ireland Politics and government 16th century.


  1. Preface
  2. The British Problem 1534-1707; J.Morrill
  3. The Tudor Reformation and Revolution in Wales and Ireland: the Origins of the British Problem; B.Bradshaw
  4. British Policies before the British State; H.Morgan
  5. England's Defence and Ireland's Reform: The Dilemma of the Irish Viceroys, 1541-1641; C.Brady
  6. The English Crown, the Principality of Wales and the Council in the Marches, 1534-1641; P.Roberts
  7. James VI, James I and the Identity of Britain; J.Wormald -The Atlantic Archipelago and the War of the Three Kingdoms; J.G.A.Pocock
  8. The English Republic and the Meaning of Britain; D.Hirst
  9. Divergence and Union: Scotland and England, 1660-1707; M.Goldie
  10. The Communities of Ireland and the British State, 1660-1707; J.Smyth
  11. Further Reading
  12. Notes on Contributors
  13. Index