'Not Mere English': The British Perspective 1400-1650

Steven Ellis considers how the new history of early modern Britain is becoming less Anglocentric.

Historians have recently been encouraged to consider ways of writing a history of Britain or the British Isles which is not simply English history in disguise. In name, British history is of course a familiar subject, with many courses and books so described. In practice, however, their emphasis is firmly Anglocentric, if not simply English, with Scotland, Ireland, and Wales discussed only when developments there are deemed to have had a direct impact on England.

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