20 Academic Books that Shaped Modern Britain

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We are delighted to announce the winner of the Academic Book Week public vote to find the academic book that has most influenced modern Britain, is: John Maynard Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money – a book which continues to impact modern Britain’s economic policy, and which was instrumental in determining how the UK managed the 2007-8 financial crisis.


Find out more about the 20 Academic Books that Shaped Modern Britain, and read what academics had to say by clicking on each choice below.

Top 20 Academic Books that Shaped Modern Britain are:

  1. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  2. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  3. Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution by A.V. Dicey
  4. Modern Ireland 1600-1972 by R.F. Foster
  5. Orientalism by Edward Said
  6. Poverty in the United Kingdom by Peter Townsend
  7. Purity and Danger by Mary Douglas
  8. Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain by Matthew J Goodwin and Robert Ford
  9. Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain by Peter Fryer
  10. The Double Helix by James Watson
  11. The English and their History by Robert Tombs
  12. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
  13. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes
  14. The Invention of Tradition (1983) edited by Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger
  15. The Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson
  16. The Uses of Literacy by Richard Hoggart
  17. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  18. The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek
  19. The Scottish Nation by Tom Devine
  20. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
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