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The Windsor Dynasty 1910 to the Present

'Long to Reign Over Us'?

  • Matthew Glencross
  • Judith Rowbotham
  • Michael D. Kandiah

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Matthew Glencross, Judith Rowbotham, Michael D. Kandiah
    Pages 1-29
  3. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Matthew Glencross
      Pages 33-56
  4. Establishing the Windsor Brand

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Michael D. Kandiah, Judith Rowbotham, Gillian Staerck
      Pages 59-86
    3. Ian F. W. Beckett
      Pages 109-133
  5. Marketing the Windsor Brand

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-290

About this book


This book explores the recreation and subsequent development of the British Monarchy during the twentieth century.  Contributors examine the phenomenon of modern monarchy through an exploration of the establishment and the continuing impact of the Windsor dynasty both within Britain and the wider world, to interrogate the reasons for its survival into the twenty-first century. The successes (and failures) of the dynasty and the implications of these for its long-term survival are assessed from the perspectives of constitutional, political, diplomatic and socio-cultural history. Emphasis is placed on the use of symbols and tradition, and their reinvention, and public reactions to their employment by the Windsors, including the evidence provided by opinion polls. Starting with George V, and including darker times such as the challenge of the abdication of Edward VIII, this collection considers how far this reign was a key transition in how the British royal family has perceived itself and its role through examination of the repackaging for mass consumption via the media of a range of state occasions from coronations to funerals, as well as modernization of its relations with the military.



Monarchy British royal family Constitutional history History of the media State occasions

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew Glencross
    • 1
  • Judith Rowbotham
    • 2
  • Michael D. Kandiah
    • 3
  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Plymouth UniversityPlymouthUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.King’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Matthew Glencross is a Royal and Constitutional historian at the Institute of Contemporary British History at King’s College London, UK. His previous publications include The Royal Tours of Edward VII: Reinventing Royal Diplomacy for the Twentieth Century.


Judith Rowbotham is Visiting Research Professor at Plymouth University, UK and Director and co-founder of SOLON. She has published widely in the areas of law, cultural, social and legal history, including Crime News in Modern Britain, Press Reporting and Responsibility 1820-2010.


Michael D. Kandiah is Director of the Witness Seminar Programme at the Institute of Contemporary British History at King’s College London, UK. He is author of several books on British diplomatic and political history. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Windsor Dynasty 1910 to the Present
  • Book Subtitle 'Long to Reign Over Us'?
  • Editors Matthew Glencross
    Judith Rowbotham
    Michael D. Kandiah
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-56454-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-85028-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-56455-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    Political History
    Cultural History
    Modern History
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