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British Politics, 1793-1815: Further Reading


The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. James Gillray, "The Plumb-pudding in danger", from here

Many books have been written on the political history of Britain during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, but below are some suggested texts for further reading.


  • Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation, 1797–1837 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992)

  • Boyd Hilton, A Mad, Bad, & Dangerous People? England 1783–1846 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006)


  • Paul Langford, A Polite and Commercial People: England, 1727–1783 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998)

  • Rory Muir, Britain and the Defeat of Napoleon, 1807–1815 (Yale: University Press, 1996)


  • John Ehrman, The Younger Pitt: The Reluctant Transition (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1983) and The Younger Pitt: The Consuming Struggle (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1996)

  • Charles John Fedorak, Henry Addington, Prime Minister, 1801–4: Peace, War and Parliamentary Politics (Akron, OH: University of Akron Press, 2002)

  • Peter Jupp, Lord Grenville, 1759–1834 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985)

  • David Wilkinson, The Duke of Portland: Politics and Party in the Age of George III (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

  • Denis Gray, Spencer Perceval: the Evangelical Prime Minister (Manchester: University Press, 1963)

  • William Anthony Hay, Lord Liverpool: A Political Life (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2018)

Opposition and Radicalism

  • Leslie Mitchell, Charles James Fox (Oxford: University Press, 1992)


  • Michael Roberts, The Whig Party, 1807–1812 (London: Macmillan, 1939)

  • E. Royle, Revolutionary Britain: Reflections on the Threat of Revolution in Britain, 1789–1848 (Manchester: University Press, 2000)

  • E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (London: Victor Gollancz, 1963)

Background image: James Fittler, The House of Commons, 1804, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, from here)

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