Monday, 10 May 2010

May 10th: New History Books

The Making of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr (Pan Macmillan)
Andrew Marr charts 45 years of British history from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the end of the Second World War, when Britain moved from being an empire to a democracy and ‘modern Britain’ was born.

A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet, Asa Briggs and Peter Burke (Polity Press)
A revised edition of this overview of communication and media and of the social and cultural contexts within which they emerged and evolved over time. Drawing on the latest developments in the field, the third edition notably charts the media developments of the early 21st century, including the rise of social media and the impact of digitalisation.

Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History, Faye Hammill (Liverpool University Press)
Drawing on historical documents, magazines, adverts, films and novels, a literary, linguistic and cultural history of ‘sophistication’ from the Romantics, via the emergence of the dandy and then of modernism, to the meaning of sophistication in the 21st century.

Crime and Society in England, 1750-1900, Clive Emsley (Pearson)
The fourth edition of this introduction to the history of crime in the 18th and 19th centuries, which examines the developments in policing, the courts and the penal system as England became increasingly industrialised and urbanised.

If you wish to purchase any of the above books, click on the links below:

The Making of Modern Britain
Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet
Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History
Crime and Society in England 1750-1900

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