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The draining of the Fens : projectors, popular politics, and state building in early modern England
Ash, Eric H., 1972- author
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
Introduction: The Unrecovered Country : Draining the Land, Building the State -- Part I. Popular Politics, Crown Authority, and the Rise of the Projector -- Land and Life in the Pre-Drainage Fens -- State Building in the Fens, 1570-1607 -- The Crisis of Local Governance, 1609-1616 -- The Struggle to Forge Consensus, 1617-1621 -- Part II. Drainage Projects, Violent Resistance, and State Building -- Draining the Hatfield Level, 1625-1636 -- The First Great Level Drainage, 1630-1642 -- Riot, Civil War, and Popular Politics in the Hatfield Level, 1640-1656 -- The Second Great Level drainage, 1649-1656 -- Epilogue: The Once and Future Fens : Unintended Consequences in an Artificial Landscape.

"This book is a political, social, and environmental history of the many attempts to drain the Fens of eastern England during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, both the early failures and the eventual successes. Fen drainage projects were supposed to transform hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands into dry farmland capable of growing grain and other crops, and also reform the sickly, backward fenland inhabitants into civilized, healthy farmers, to the benefit of the entire commonwealth. Fenlanders, however, viewed the drainage as a grave threat to their local landscape, economy, and way of life. At issue were two different understandings of the Fens, what they were and ought to be; the power to define the Fens in the present was the power to determine their future destiny. The drainage projects, and the many conflicts they incited, illustrate the ways in which politics, economics, and ecological thought intersected at a time when attitudes toward both the natural environment and the commonwealth were shifting. Promoted by the crown, endorsed by agricultural improvement advocates, undertaken by English and Dutch projectors, and opposed by fenland commoners, the drainage of the Fens provides a fascinating locus to study the process of state building in early modern England, and the violent popular resistance it sometimes provoked. In exploring the many challenges the English faced in re-conceiving and re-creating their Fens, this book addresses important themes of environmental, political, economic, social, and technological history, and reveals new dimensions of the evolution of early modern England into a modern, unitary, capitalist state"--
Baker Berry DA670.F33 A79 2017

Churchill and the Anglo-American special relationship
edited by Alan P. Dobson and Steve Marsh
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Introduction / Alan P. Dobson and Steve Marsh -- Prologue: the ghost in the attic: Churchill, the Soviet Union, and the Anglo-American special relationship / Warren F. Kimball -- Strategic culture on the road to (and from) Fulton: institutionalism, emotionalism, and the Anglo-American special relationship / David G. Haglund -- Churchill's Fulton speech and the context of shared values in a world of dangers / Alan P. Dobson -- Manipulating the Anglo-American civilizational identity in the era of Churchill / Robert M. Hendershot -- The Fulton Address as racial discourse / Srjdan Vucetic -- Personal diplomacy at the summit / Steve Marsh -- Churchill's ambassadors: from Fulton to Suez / Tony McCulloch -- Churchill's inter-subjective special relationship: a corpus-assisted discourse approach / Anna Marchi, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Steve Marsh -- The architecture of a myth: constructing and commemorating Churchill's special relationship, c. 1919-69 / Sam Edwards -- Curtains, culture and collective memory / David Ryan -- Conclusion / Alan P. Dobson and Steve Marsh.
Baker Berry DA566.9.C5 C47628 2017

The history of England
Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron, 1800-1859
London, England ; Penguin Books, 1986, ©1968
Baker Berry DA435 .M117 1986

William the Conqueror
Bates, David, 1945- author
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Preface -- Genealogy -- Prologue: Writing a life of William the Conqueror -- The first years -- From childhood into adolescence -- The shaping of things to come -- The making of a reputation -- On to the attack -- The year of victory -- King of the English -- Victory transformed -- From crisis to triumph -- Cross-channel rule -- Political consolidation and personal loss -- The final years -- Death and legacy -- Epilogue.

In this addition to the Yale English Monarchs series, David Bates combines biography and a multidisciplinary approach to examine the life of a major figure in British and European history. Using a framework derived from studies of early medieval kingship, he assesses each phase of William's life to establish why so many trusted William to invade England in 1066 and the consequences of this on the history of the so-called Norman Conquest after the Battle of Hastings and for generations to come. A leading historian of the period, Bates is notable for having worked extensively in the archives of northern France and discovered many eleventh- and twelfth-century charters largely unnoticed by English-language scholars. Taking an innovative approach, he argues for a move away from old perceptions and controversies associated with William's life and the Norman Conquest.
Baker Berry DA197 .B3423 2016

Losing an empire, finding a role : British foreign policy since 1945
Sanders, David, 1950- author
[London] : Palgrave, [2017]
Introduction -- British foreign policy traditions -- From Potsdam to Cold War : relations with Europe and the Superpowers, 1945-55 -- The road to Suez : British imperialism, 1945-56 -- The wind of change : the Empire circle after 1956 -- The uncertain search for a new role : the European circle after 1956 -- The changing 'special relationship', 1956-2016 -- The international economic dimension -- British defence policy -- The relevance of foreign policy theory -- British foreign policy in the 21st century.
Baker Berry DA589.8 .S26 2017

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