About this book


This is an interpretative study of the idea of Britain, examining the transformation of a sectarian concept into an imperial ideology forged during a period of sustained warfare in Europe and ever-expanding areas beyond Europe during the second half of the Eighteenth century. It seeks to examine constitutional history from a non-Anglocentric perspective and to relocate it to historiographical developments in Social History and the History of Ideas. Based on more than 25 years of research, it seeks to examine critically a concept which increasingly has come under public debate during the past decade.


Britain eighteenth century empire England Europe history kingdom monarchy nation revolution Scotland social history warfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander Murdoch
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-60032-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-27235-8
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