The 100 Best British History Books


  1. Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900–1300 by Susan Reynolds
  2. Robin Hood by J. C. Holt
  3. The Feudal Kingdom of England, 1042–1216 by Frank Barlow
  4. The Later Middle Ages, 1272–1485 by George Holmes
  5. Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381 by Rodney Hilton
  6. Robert Bruce: And the Community of the Realm of Scotland by G.W.S. Barrow
  7. The First European Revolution: c. 970–1215 by R. I. Moore
  8. Principles of Government and Politics in the Middle Ages by Walter Ullmann
  9. The Making of the Middle Ages by R. W. Southern
  10. On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State by Charles Tilly
  11. The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350–1750 by James D. Tracy
  12. The Making of the British Isles: The State of Britain and Ireland, 1450–1660 by Steven G. Ellis
  13. Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain, 1470–1750 by Keith Wrightson
  14. Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch
  15. Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492–1830 by John H. Elliott
  16. A People’s History of England by A. L. Morton
  17. The Population History of England 1541–1871 by E. A. Wrigley
  18. The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Volume 1, The Renaissance by Quentin Skinner
  19. A History of the Scottish People, 1560–1830 by T. C. Smout
  20. Religion and the Decline of Magic by Keith Thomas
  21. The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution by Christopher Hill
  22. The Fall of the British Monarchies 1637–1642 by Conrad Russell
  23. The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688–1783 by John Brewer
  24. The World We Have Lost by Peter Laslett
  25. British Imperialism: 1688–2015 by P.J. Cain
  26. A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy by Jonathan I. Israel
  27. The Enlightened Economy: Britain and the Industrial Revolution 1700–1850 by Joel Mokyr
  28. The First Industrial Nation: The Economic History of Britain 1700–1914 by Peter Mathias
  29. The Origins of Modern English Society by Harold Perkin
  30. Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England by J. M. Neeson
  31. Slavery and the British Empire: From Africa to America by Kenneth Morgan
  32. The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery: 1776–1848 by Robin Blackburn
  33. Two Nations and the Educational Structure 1780–1870 by Brian Simon
  34. Clanship to Crofters War: The Social Transformation of the Scottish Highlands by Tom Devine
  35. The Making of the English Working Class by E. P. Thompson
  36. The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes by Jonathan Rose
  37. Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800 by Peter Thorsheim
  38. The Healthy Body and Victorian Culture by Bruce Haley
  39. Plenty and Want: A Social History of Food in England from 1815 to the Present Day by John Burnett
  40. Colonial Empires and Armies 1815–1960 by Victor Kiernan
  41. Legacies of British Slave-Ownership: Colonial Slavery and the Formation of Victorian Britain by Catherine Hall
  42. Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire by David Cannadine
  43. Democratic Subjects: The Self and the Social in Nineteenth-Century England by Patrick Joyce
  44. The Tentacles of Progress: Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850–1940 by Daniel Headrick
  45. 1848: The British State and the Chartist Movement by John Saville
  46. Victorian Feminists by Barbara Caine
  47. Colonialism and Development: Britain and its Tropical Colonies, 1850–1960 by Michael A. Havinden
  48. Mammon and the Pursuit of Empire by Lance E. Davis
  49. Imperialism and Popular Culture by John M. MacKenzie
  50. Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India by David Arnold
  51. Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis
  52. The Blood Never Dried: A People’s History of the British Empire by John Newsinger
  53. Black ’47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory by Cormac O Grada
  54. Crime and Society in England: 1750–1900 by Clive Emsley
  55. Africa and the Victorians: The Official Mind of Imperialism by Ronald Robinson
  56. The British Imperial Century, 1815–1914 by Timothy H. Parsons
  57. That Noble Science of Politics: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History by J. W. Burrow
  58. The Wilde Century by Alan Sinfield
  59. Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women’s Oppression and the Fight Against It by Sheila Rowbotham
  60. The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832–1938 by Thomas C. Holt
  61. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time by Karl Polanyi
  62. Hope and Glory: Britain 1900–2000 by Peter Clarke
  63. The Age of Extremes: 1914–1991 by Eric Hobsbawm
  64. An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain by John Sheail
  65. Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century by Ritchie Ovendale
  66. Conservative Century: The Conservative Party since 1900 by Anthony Seldon
  67. The Strange Death of Liberal England: 1910–1914 by George Dangerfield
  68. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
  69. The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
  70. The Great War: 1914–1918 by Marc Ferro
  71. English History 1914–1945 by A.J.P. Taylor
  72. A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913–23 by Diarmaid Ferriter
  73. Imperialism and the British Labour Movement, 1914–1964 by Partha Sarathi Gupta
  74. British Unemployment 1919–1939 by W. R. Garside
  75. Warfare State: Britain, 1920–1970 by David Edgerton
  76. From Versailles to Pearl Harbor: The Origins of the Second World War in Europe and Asia by Margaret Lamb
  77. The People’s War: Britain 1939–1945 by Angus Calder
  78. Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II by Madhusree Mukerjee
  79. The Economic History of Britain since 1700: Volume 3: 1939–1992 by Roderick Floud
  80. The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, 1945–1967 by David French
  81. The Ambiguities of Power: British Foreign Policy Since 1945 by Mark Curtis
  82. The Hidden Hand: Britain, America, and Cold War Secret Intelligence by Richard J. Aldrich
  83. Human Rights and the End of Empire: Britain and the Genesis of the European Convention by A. W. Brian Simpson
  84. Britain since 1945: The People’s Peace by Kenneth O. Morgan
  85. No Turning Back: The Peacetime Revolutions of Post-War Britain by Paul Addison
  86. Britain and the Cold War by Sean Greenwood
  87. The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience by Stephen A. Marglin
  88. States and the Reemergence of Global Finance: From Bretton Woods to the 1990s by Eric Helleiner
  89. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
  90. Britannia Overruled: British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds
  91. Britain’s Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
  92. From Beveridge to Blair: The First Fifty Years of Britain’s Welfare State by Margaret Jones
  93. Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland by David McKittrick
  94. A Short History of the Labour Party by Henry Pelling
  95. Cultural Marxism in Postwar Britain by Dennis Dworkin
  96. A History of British Trade Unionism, 1700–1998 by W. Hamish Fraser
  97. When Was Wales?: A History of the Welsh by Gwyn A. Williams
  98. The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class by Selina Todd
  99. London: A Social History by Roy Porter
  100. Sexuality and Its Discontents: Meanings, Myths, and Modern Sexualities by Jeffrey Weeks

Source: List Muse

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