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Jonathan Clark is currently Hall Distinguished Professor of British History at the University of Kansas; he was previously a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and of All Souls College, Oxford, and was a Visiting Professor a the Committee on Social Thought of the University of Chicago. His best-known book is English Society 1660-1832 (2000).
History, like the present, is always changing. Scholarship on the history of the British Isles is currently experiencing a golden age. The breakdown of modernism and the eclipse of both the Marxist tradition and the 'Whig interpretation' that sees all history as progress, combined with the trajectories of nationalism in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have generated unprecedented intellectual activity. In this volume, Jonathan Clark discusses Reformation to reform between the years 1660 to 1832. Once assumed to be a politically stable and socially conventional period in which reassuringly little happened, these decades in fact display astonishing reversals, achievements and new departures. Covering the failure of English republicanism and sectarianism, deep divisions between England, Scotland and Ireland and the impact of the American Revolution, how Britian survived and even prospered continues to fascinate.
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Well-researched and insightful, The Paul Society lays bare the level of government dependence, corporate favoritism, the financial influence of unions, and the true motivations driving the decisions made by politicians of both parties. In this thought-provoking book, Jonathan Clark offers a revelatory look into the state of modern American politics and the way in which the self-interests of politicians and voters have helped to create a $16 trillion national debt. In The Paul Society, Clark delves into the origins of public policies that have helped shape America's welfare state, driven voter incentives, and affected the costs of everything from gasoline to health care. In what may be the most important political book of the year, The Paul Society will force you to leave the blissful ignorance of illusion and embrace the sometimes painful truth of reality.
Scholarship on the history of the British Isles is currently experiencing a golden age. The breakdown of modernism and the eclipse of both the Marxist tradition and the 'Whig interpretation' that sees all history as progress, combined with the trajectories of nationalism in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have generated unprecedented intellectual activity. Nor has the world stood still: the collapse of communism, the issue of integration into the EU, and the advance of multiculturalism have led more and more people in the English speaking world as a whole to sense that their collective landscape now looks profoundly different from that inhabited by their ancestors even a few decades ago. In A World By Itself, six distinguished historians offer the most definitive and compelling history of the British Isles to date. Tracing the political, religious and material cultures from the Romans to the present day, this is at once an urgent reassessment of our shared past, and an inspirational celebration of British history. It focuses on the major themes and most dramatic moments of the last two millenia: the rise and fall of empires; reformation, revolution and restoration; wars both civil and global; and the enduring question of what it means to be British.
'An excoricating and enormously satisfying assault on historical postmodernism.' New Statesman Books of the Year 2003 At a time of resurgent popular interest in history, Jonathan Clark's new book is a landmark defence of traditional values.He argues that our sense of tradition and community, and even our morality is being destroyed. In a series of original and incisive chapters on, among other things, Anglo-American relations, the decline of the United Kingdom as a entity and the absence of English nationalism, Clark argues for an alternative to an apparently liberal attitude to morality and politics and a dedication to the present, based instead upon a clear recognition of the value of the past. An important and timely book in which a distinguished historian attacks - vigorously, brilliantly and elegantly - Britain's loss of tradition.'The exhilarating point about Clark is that there is never an end to anything. His history offers insights as it churns through time, but all conclusions always need looking at afresh from generation to generation... Clark never ceases striving to amaze... one of the sparkiest British questioners on the scene. ' Peter Preston, Guardian