Britain, Ireland, and Continental Europe in the Eighteenth Century: Similarities, Connections…

Hardcover | April 24, 2011

byStephen Conway

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Britain's separateness from the rest of Europe is often taken as read. For generations, historians have presented Britain as exceptional and different. In recent years an emphasis on the Atlantic and imperial aspects of British history, and on the importance of the nation and nationalidentity, has made Britain and Ireland seem even more distant from the neighbouring Continent. Stephen Conway's study offers a different perspective on eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland's relationship with continental Europe. It acknowledges areas of difference and distinctiveness, but points to areas of similarity. It accepts that both Britain and Ireland were part of an Atlantic andwider imperial world, but highlights their under-recognized connections with the rest of Europe. And, perhaps most ambitiously of all, it suggests that if the British and Irish thought and acted in national terms, they were also able, in the appropriate circumstances, to see themselves as Europeans.Other historians have opened up parts of this subject, presenting a more rounded picture than exceptionalist narratives allow, stressing convergence rather than divergence, establishing important connections and exploring their ramifications; but none have attempted such a panoramic view. Conwaypresents a case for our regarding eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland as integral parts of Europe, and for our appreciating that this was the perspective of many of the British and Irish at the time.

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Britain's separateness from the rest of Europe is often taken as read. For generations, historians have presented Britain as exceptional and different. In recent years an emphasis on the Atlantic and imperial aspects of British history, and on the importance of the nation and nationalidentity, has made Britain and Ireland seem even mor...

Stephen Conway has taught in the History Department at University College London for twenty-five years. He has written extensively on eighteenth-century British and imperial history, particularly on the impact of war on British and Irish society. He is the author of The War of American Independence, 1775-1783 (1995); The British Isles...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. The Glorious Revolution and its Constitutional Legacy2. The Continental Commitment in British Foreign Policy3. Finance and Trade4. Politeness and Refinement5. Investigation and Improvement6. Religious Ties7. The Grand Tour8. Earning a Living Abroad9. Maritime Connections10. Britain, Ireland, and Military EuropeConclusion