1460-1660 was a dramatic and crucially formative period in the emergence of the modern English state, language and identity. It encompassed the reigns of the last Plantagenets, the Tudors and the early Stuarts, as well as the victory of Parliament over the King in the Great Civil War and the amazing experiment of the Puritan Republic. "The Making of the Modern English State" traces the changes in politics and religion over the 200 years that helped to form a new English identity. It is both a narrative of the growth of the English state and a guide to recent historiography.
PHILIP EDWARDS is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.