The Social History of England is a concise survey of the important milestones in English history, from pre-history to the present. As a study that examines their impact upon the society and literature of England, this volume is both crucial and indispensable for a complete understanding and appreciation of English literature. The book includes chapters on the origin and growth of political parties in England, and also the impact of major internal and international events on contemporary life in England. The simple, straightforward approach of The Social History of England is supplemented with genealogical charts, maps and a glossary, which are very useful to the student.
Padmaja Ashok taught literature at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for nearly thirty years. She is the author of A Companion to Literary Forms.