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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (10 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192853996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192853998
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.3 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul Langford has been Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford, since 1996; Fellow, and Tutor in Modern History, Lincoln College, since 1970; Chairman and Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Board, since 1998. His publications include A Polite and Commercial People 1727-83 (1989) and Public Life and the Propertied Englishman 1689-1789 (1991).

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Sept. 2014
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This is brilliant for assignments and packed with great quotes applicable to most essays but it's a little date heavy x
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Sept. 2013
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A very handy 'crib' for context of the period - the Timeline, Prime Minister list and Index are very useful.
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Worst in the Series 12 Dec. 2011
By Kirkby - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read a number of books in the Very Short Introduction series this far and away the worst one I have read. I would go as far to say that this the worst book I have ever read or probably will ever read. Langford's writing style is horridly choppy which makes this book an ordeal to read. He leaves out important pieces of information while focusing on seemingly trivial details. The worst thing is that he assumes the reader knows much more than someone who is reading an introduction would know about this period. His introduction to this period leaves readers new to the subject with only the mildest grasp of the events of eighteenth-century Britain.
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Aimed at a reader who doesn't need an introduction to the topic! 17 Oct. 2009
By Always Reading - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the worst of the very short introduction series that I've seen; I've read some excellent ones such as R.C. Young's introduction to post-colonialism and Mulholland's introduction to Northern Ireland. This one, however, opens with a discussion of the 1688 revolution as if readers already know what it is, why the eighteenth century would begin there, and so forth.

The following chapters offer no better. This book is a condensed history of eighteenth century Britain for readers who need to jog their memories rather than the introduction that the title, and the series, promises.
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Short and sweet but not much else 14 July 2012
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This is an extremely useful short summary/introduction to anyone interested in or studying the period. The whole series it great. But . . . it's not exhaustive and doesn't pretend to be more than an introduction.
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