....and England from 450 A.D. to the mid-eighteenth century and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. The author has chosen to organize his chronicle around the evolution of common law, as a hallmark of British civilization and a mainspring of republican theory and practice in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His Whiggish approach does not inhibit due attention to the monarchs and heroes of the millenium, from Angevin to the House of Hanover. Though there is no contest between this book and Trevelyan's compact masterpiece, it is both businesslike and spirited. The first of two volumes.