"The Four Nations" research papers and drafts

Scope and Content

The files, which reflect the intended chapters, comprise notes, cuttings of relevant books to consult, and drafts of two intended chapters including the introduction, which includes some autobiographical information, and chapter 24 concerning Northern Ireland. The introductory file includes lists of possible chapters.

Administrative / Biographical History

The book “The Four Nations” or “The matter of Britain: episodes and opinions” or “The English and the Others: a modern history” was a project that Bernard Crick began in the 1980s, to look at the history and politics of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom. Due to work commitments and ill-health, Bernard was never able to complete the publication.


The files have been maintained in chapter order. A photograph was taken of the filing cabinet labels, to cross-reference with the intended chapters outlined in the introductory file.