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Surveys and reference

  • The National Archives[1] 11 million descriptions of documents from central government, the courts of law and other sources.
  • Davies, Norman The Isles, Papermac, (2000)
  • Dimbleby, David Seven Ages Of Britain[2]], (BBC broadcast) book and podcast published by Hodder & Stoughton 2009
  • Fraser, Rebecca. The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present: A Narrative History (2006), 848pp popular excerpt and text search
  • Gardiner, Juliet and Wenborn, Neil (eds) The History Today Companion to British History, Collins and Brown, 1995.
  • Mitchell, B. R. British Historical Statistics (1988) 900pp
  • Schama, Simon. A History of Britain vol 1: At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D (2000) excerpt and text search vol 1; Volume 2: The Wars of the British 1603-1776 (2001) excerpt and text search v 2; vol 3: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000 (2003) excerpt and text search v 3; well written narrative by a scholar.
  • Various authors.
  • The Oxford History of England - 16 volumes published by the Oxford University Press.
  • The Pelican History of England - 9 volumes published by Penguin Books Ltd.
  • Hyperwar, The United Kingdom in the Second World War, British Official Histories[3]
  • Heritage of Britain, Readers Digest, 1975


  • Hawkes, Jacquetta and Christopher, Prehistoric Britain, Harmondsworth (1943)
  • Scarre, Chris (ed) The Human Past, chapter 11: Holocene Europe, Thames and Hudson, 2005

600 BC to AD 48

  • Snow, Dan, "How the Celts Saved Britain,(video) BBC Four [4] (2009)

Roman Britain

  • Salway, Peter, Roman Britain, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1981)

The English Settlements

  • Morris, John, The Age of Arthur, 350-650 Weidenfeld (1993)
  • Myres, J N L, The English Settlements, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1985)

Anglo-Saxon England

  • Campbell, James (ed), The Anglo-Saxons. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1982) ISBN 0801414822
  • Stenton, Frank, Anglo-Saxon England, 550-1087, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1971)

Medieval Britain

  • Bartlett, Robert. England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings, 1075-1225 (New Oxford History of England) (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Poole, Austin, From Domesday Book to Magna Carta, 1087-1216 Oxford History of England, Carendon Press (1955)
  • Powicke, Maurice. The Thirteenth Century, 1216-1307 (Oxford History of England) (1953) 829 pages
  • Saul, Nigel. The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval England (2001) excerpt and text search

Fourteenth Century

  • McKisack, May, The Fourteenth Century, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1959)

Fifteenth Century

  • Jacobs, E F, The Fifteenth Century, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1961)

Tudor period

  • Beier, A. L. The Problem of the Poor in Tudor and Early Stuart England (1983) online edition
  • Braddick, Michael. "State Formation and the Historiography of Early Modern England." History Compass 2004 2(Britain & Ireland). Issn: 1478-0542 Fulltext: History Compass
  • Cheyney, Edward Potts. A History of England, from the Defeat of the Armada to the Death of Elizabeth (2 vol 1914) complete text vol 1
  • Black, J D, The Reign of Elizabeth, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1959)
  • Gardner, James. "Henry VIII" in Cambridge Modern History vol 2 (1903), a brief political history online edition
  • Graves, Michael. Henry VIII (2003) 217pp, topical coverage
  • Levin, Carole. The Reign of Elizabeth I. (2001). 146 pp.
  • Lingard, John. The History of England, vol 6 (1850), old but reliable online edition
  • MacCaffrey, Wallace. Elizabeth I: War and Politics, 1588-1603 (1992), excerpts and text search
  • MacKie, J D, The Earlier Tudors 1485-1558 , Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1952)
  • McLaren, A. N. Political culture in the reign of Elizabeth I: queen and commonwealth, 1558–1585 (1999) online edition
  • Morrill, John, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain (1996) essays by scholars
  • Pollard, A.F. Henry VIII (1905) 470 pp; the first modern biography, accurate and still valuable online edition
  • Rowse, A. L. The Elizabethan Renaissance: The Cultural Achievement (1972), portrays England as enjoying a golden age of individual opportunity and achievement
  • Scarisbrick, J. J. Henry VIII (1968) 592pp, a favourable scholarly biography; his Henry was "a formidable, captivating man who wore regality with a splendid conviction. But easily and unpredictably his great charm could turn into anger and shouting.... He was high-strung and unstable; hypochondriac and possessed of a strong streak of cruelty."
  • Schmidt, Albert F. The Yeoman in Tudor and Stuart England (1961) online edition
  • Weir, Alison. Henry VIII, King and Court (2001). 640pp a flattering portrait excerpt and text search

Primary sources

  • Stater, Victor, ed. Politics And The Political History of Tudor and Stuart England: A Sourcebook (2002) online edition

17th century to 1660

  • Carlin, Norah. The Causes of the English Civil War (1999)
  • Coward, Barry, ed. A Companion to Stuart Britain (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Coward, Barry The Stuart Age: England, 1603-1714, (3rd ed. 2003). ISBN 0-582-77251-6. stabard survey of political history of the era.
  • Davies, Godfrey. The Early Stuarts, 1603-1660 (1959). online. Political, religious, and diplomatic overview of the era.
  • Gardiner, Samuel Rawson. History of the Great Civil War, 1642-1649 (4 vol 1898) famous classic online edition from Google
  • Gaunt, Peter. The British Wars, 1637-1651 (1997)
  • Kenyon, John, and Jane Ohlmeyer, eds. The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1638-1660 391 pp. (1998), thorough coverage by numerous scholars online edition
  • Kishlansky, Mark. Monarchy Transformed: Britain, 1603-1714 (1996)
  • Lockyer, Roger. The Early Stuarts: A Political History of England, 1603-1642 (2nd ed. 1999).
  • Macfarlane, Alan. Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England (1999) online edition
  • Macinnes, Allan. The British Revolution, 1629-1660 (2005), 337pp ISBN 0-333-59750-8.
  • Seel, Graham E. Regicide and Republic, England 1603-1660 (2001)
  • Woolrych, Austin. Britain in Revolution 1625-1660 (2002), ISBN 0-19-927268-6. excerpt and text search

Primary sources

  • Hughes, Ann, ed. Seventeenth-century England: A Changing Culture, vol. 1 (1980)
  • Kenyon, J. P., ed. The Stuart Constitution (2nd edition, 1986).
  • Stater, Victor, ed. Politics And The Political History of Tudor and Stuart England: A Sourcebook (2002) online edition


  • Black, Jeremy. Eighteenth-Century Britain: 1688-1783 (2001) excerpt and text search
  • Clark, George, The Later Stuarts 1660-1714, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1956)
  • Hoppit, Julian. A Land of Liberty?: England 1689-1727 (New Oxford History of England) (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Langford, Paul. A Polite and Commercial People: England 1727-1783 (New Oxford History of England) (1994) excerpt and text search
  • Macaulay, Thomas Babington. History of England (5 vol., 1849-61), famous classic covers 1685-1702 online editions
  • Pincus, Steve. 1688: The First Modern Revolution, Yale University Press, 2009 The revolution as the origin of a modern liberal state.
  • Prest, Wilfrid. Albion Ascendant: English History, 1660-1815. (1998). 363 pp.
  • Seel, Graham E. Seel, and David L. Smith. The Early Stuart Kings, 1603-1642 (2001) 146pp online edition
  • Watson J. Steven. The Reign of George III: 1760-1815 (1960) The Oxford History of England online edition
  • Williams, Basil, The Whig Supremacy, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1962)


  • Arnstein, Walter L. Queen Victoria (2003), 254pp; compact biography by leading scholar excerpt and text search
  • Bates, Stephen. Asquith (2006) 176pp excerpt online
  • Ensor, Robert, England 1870-1914, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1936)
  • Hilton, Boyd. A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?: England 1783-1846 (New Oxford History of England) (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Hobsbawm, Eric. Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution. New York: New Press, 1999.
  • Homans, Margaret. Royal Representations: Queen Victoria and British Culture, 1837-1876 (1998)
  • Hoppen, K. Theodore. The Mid-Victorian Generation 1846-1886 (New Oxford History of England) (2000) 824pp excerpt and text search
  • Parry, J. P. "Disraeli and England." Historical Journal 2000 43(3): 699-728. Issn: 0018-246x in Jstor]
  • Searle, G. R. A New England?: Peace and War 1886-1918 (2005) 976pp excerpt and text search
  • Woodward, Llewellyn, The Age of Reform, Oxford History of England, Clarendon Press (1962)


  • Best, Geoffrey. Churchill: A Study in Greatness (2003), 400pp; very well received biography
  • Blake, Robert and Louis William Roger, eds. Churchill: A Major New Reassessment of His Life in Peace and War Oxford UP, 1992, 581 pp; 29 essays by scholars on specialized topicsonline edition
  • Blewett, Neal. The Peers, the Parties, and the People: The British General Elections of 1910 (1971)
  • Calder, Angus . The People's War: Britain 1939-45 (1969)
  • Corelli, Barnett. The Audit of War: The Illusion and Reality of Britain as a Great Nation. (1986). on WW2
  • Hancock, W. K. and Gowing, M.M. British War Economy (1949) official WW2 history
  • Havighurst, Alfred F. Twentieth-Century Britain. 1966. standard survey online edition
  • Hazlehurst, Cameron. "Asquith as Prime Minister, 1908-1916," The English Historical Review Vol. 85, No. 336 (Jul., 1970), pp. 502-531 in JSTOR
  • Jones, Thomas. Lloyd George 1951. short and well-regarded online edition
  • Keegan, John. Winston Churchill (2002) 208 pp online excerpt
  • Marwick, Arthur. The Home Front: The British and the Second World War. 1976.
  • Morgan, Kenneth O. "George, David Lloyd, first Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1863–1945)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004; online
  • Mowat, Sharles Loch. Britain between the Wars, 1918-1940 (1955) 694 pp; online edition
  • Powell, David. British Politics, 1910-1935: The Crisis of the Party System (2004)
  • Taylor, A. J. P. English History, 1914-1945. 1965, standard political history of the era
  • Titmuss, Richard M. Problems of Social Policy(1950) official WW2 history
  • Weinberg, Gerhard. A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II, Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  • Woodward, Sir Llewellyn. Great Britain and the War of 1914-1918. 1967.


  • Campbell, John. Margaret Thatcher. Vol. 1: The Grocer's Daughter. (2000); Margaret Thatcher. vol. 2: Iron Lady (2007), 520pp; 913pp; long, detailed authoritative biography
  • Evans, Brendan. Thatcherism and British Politics, 1975-1997 (2000)
  • Evans, Eric J. Thatcher and Thatcherism. (2nd ed. 2004). 176 pp online edition
  • Fielding, Steven. The Labour Party: Continuity and Change in the Making of New Labour. (2003), 247 pp., argues that the Labour Party, under Blair's leadership, has been faithful to its past, and represents "traditional values in a modern setting." ISBN 0333973925
  • Fry, Geoffrey K. Politics of the Thatcher Revolution: An Interpretation of British Politics 1975-1990 (2008)
  • Gardner, Nick. Decade of Discontent, Basil Blackwell, 1987.
  • Hennessy, Peter. Having It So Good: Britain in the Fifties (2007), 752pp, detailed social history
  • Hennessy, Peter. Never Again: Britain 1945-1951 (2nd ed 2006), 560pp; detailed social history
  • Kavanagh, Dennis, and Anthony Seldon, eds. The Thatcher Effect (1989), major interpretive essays by experts
  • King, Anthony, ed. British Political Opinion 1937-2000: The Gallup Polls (2001)
  • Kynaston, David. Austerity Britain, 1945-1951 (2008), 704pp; highly detailed, well-written social history
  • Marr, Andrew, A History of Modern Britain, MacMillan (2007)
  • Norton, Bruce F. Politics in Britain, (2007) textbook [5]excerpt and text search
  • Reitan, Earl A. The Thatcher Revolution: Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and Tony Blair, and the Transformation of Modern Britain, 1979-2001. (2003) , 260 pp. ISBN 0742522032
  • Rubinstein, David. The Labour Party and British Society: 1880-2005. (2005), 228 pp. ISBN 1845190564
  • Seldon, Anthony. Blair. (2004) ISBN 0-7432-3211-9
  • Seldon, Anthony, ed. Blair's Britain, 1997–2007 (2008), 708pp; 28 long essays by scholars; excerpt and text search
  • Temple, Michael. Blair (British Prime Ministers of the 20th Century) (2006) excerpt online
  • Wall, Stephen. A Stranger in Europe: Britain and the EU from Thatcher to Blair (2008) excerpt and text search
  • Wapshott, Nicholas. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage. (2007) 329 pp.
  • Williams, Paul. British Foreign Policy under New Labour (2006) 288pp ISBN 1403913218
  • Young, Hugo. The Iron Lady: A Biography of Margaret Thatcher. (1989). 570 pp. well-written and well researched

Social and cultural history

  • Crone, Gange and Jones (eds): New Perspectives in British Cultural History, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007[6]
  • Doolittle, Megan. "Close Relations? Bringing Together Gender and Family in English History." Gender & History 1999 11(3): 542-554. Issn: 0953-5233 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Thane, Pat. Old Age in English History: Past Experiences, Present Issues. (2000). 536 pp.
  • Thompson, F. M., ed. The Cambridge Social History of Britain, 1750–1950 (2 vol; 1992) excerpt and text search ISBN-13:9780521438155