The distillation of a lifetime's reflection, and as compelling as it is engaging. The historian's art at its most disciplined and distinguished. Times Higher Education [A] subtly argued study. Paul Smith, Times Literary Supplement A model of careful scholarship Vernon Bogdanor, New Statesman The political history so readably, as well as convincingly, analysed by McKibbin has plenty of dramatic surprises and unexpected reversals of fortune. W. G. Runciman, London Review of Books This is a book that is certainly well written and offers a beguiling explanation of the events that created England's present, but far from inevitable, system of democracy. It deserves to be widely read. Keith Laybourn, History An elegant and engaging addition to the history of English democracy. Laura Beers, Reviews in History An excellent guide to current thinking on these issues, and should be very useful for students as well as faculty concerned with the social basis of British politics. Highly recommended. H.L. Smith, CHOICE offer[s] a fascinating discussion ... This book can be read and enjoyed by the general reader as we ll as the academic specialist Iain Sharpe, Journal of Liberal History an outstanding piece of scholarship: it is a major original contribution to the field ... a path-breaking work that will demand attention of all those working on the period. Andrew Thorpe, English Historical Review Ross McKibbin has encouraged a rich and complex approach to British history. We are all in his debt. Rohan McWilliam, Tribune Magazine
About the Author
Ross McKibbin is Emeritus Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford.