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Great Britain’s Place in the World, 1707-1997

An Informal Account

Author(s): B. A. Egerton

Book Description

Great Britain’s Place in the World, 1707-1997 is a readable and thorough account of modern British and international history, ideal for students and teachers in universities and community colleges. The book traces the interlinking of the Industrial Revolution, British military prowess, and the rise of the British Empire, alongside the degradation of global power, traced particularly from the loss of Britain’s American colonies.

Britain’s role in shaping modern history is addressed through the understanding of the impact of key conflict points, including the Napoleonic, Crimean, Afghan Zulu, and Boer Wars, the two World Wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45, and the Falklands War of the 1980s. An author’s end-note views this history in the content of the 2016 vote for Britain to leave the European Union. It is impossible to form an accurate overview of modern history without an understanding of Britain’s place in it. This book provides that, in a highly accessible form.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-2502-3
ISBN-10: 1-5275-2502-3
Date of Publication: 01/04/2019
Pages / Size: 350 / A5
Price: £64.99


B. A. Egerton completed National Service in the Royal Air Force, which he extended to 12 years as a radar specialist. He adapted his training to become a computer and communications engineer with an international corporation and, finally, staff manager of its European Customer Services. After this, he obtained a place at the University of East Anglia to read History and in 2005 gained an honours degree. Following further research, he developed a course entitled ‘Britain in Conflict’, which he presented to adult education classes. He has since increased the breadth of his research to include Great Britain’s role in world affairs since its formation by the Act of Union between England and Scotland in 1707. In 2018, he was elected to membership of the Royal Historical Society.