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Britain, Ireland, and Continental Europe in the Eighteenth Century: Similarities, Connections, Identities

Stephen Conway


Britain’s separateness from the rest of Europe is often taken as read. For generations, historians have presented Britain as exceptional and different. In recent years, an emphasis on the Atlantic and imperial aspects of British history, and on the importance of the nation and national identity, has made Britain and Ireland seem even more distant from the neighbouring Continent. This study offers a different perspective on eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland’s relationship with continental Europe. It acknowledges areas of difference and distinctiveness, but points to areas of similarity. It ... More

Keywords: Britain, Ireland, eighteenth century, Continental Europe, similarities, connections, identities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199210855
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Conway, author
Professor of History, University College London
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