Britain and America

Studies in Comparative History, 1760-1970
Englander, David
Date published: 
January 1997

Britain and the United States share a common language, a liberal and cultural heritage and a democratic political system. They also have pronounced differences, for their economic, political and social structures have developed in distinctive ways. This book compares and contrasts the historical course of the two countries and explores the significance of their similarities and differences over a period of two centuries. The book offers wide ranging and up-to-date analyses of such issues as industrialisation and urbanisation, democracy and politics, class and gender and citizenship and welfare. With contributions from leading scholars in both countries, it will be an invaluable resource for classrooms and seminar study, appealing to students of both history and social science. Some of the essays are classic expositions of debates that resonate on both sides of the Atlantic. Others are examplary pieces that signal new agendas for research. David Englander is Senior Lecturer in European Humanities Studies at the Open University.