Britain may be understood in a number of ways (See Britain).
The History of Britain, until the last few hundred years, was one of struggle and competition between the separate nation states that occupied various parts of the island of Great Britain. England became the dominant power, coexisting with these nations at different times under the mantle of 'Great Britain' to form the United Kingdom.
For a history of the modern British state see History of the United Kingdom. Otherwise you might be looking for one of these:
Institutions and buildings
A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World, 3500 BC - 1603 AD by Simon Schama, BBC/Miramax, 2000 ISBN 0786866756
A History of Britain, Volume 2: The Wars of the British 1603-1776 by Simon Schama, BBC/Miramax, 2001 ISBN 0786866756
A History of Britain - The Complete Collection on DVD by Simon Schama, BBC 2002 ASIN B00006RCKI
The Isles, A History by Norman Davies, Oxford University Press, 1999, ISBN 0-19-513442-7
Shortened History of England by G. M. Trevelyan Penguin Books ISBN 0140233237
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