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Is seen not as a uniue phenomenon but as similar to the other frontier regions of the Roman Empire The Viking Age is viewed not only through the eyes of the invaded but from the standpoint of the invaders themselves Norse Danes and Normans In the later chapters Davies follows the growth of the United Kingdom and charts the rise and fall of the main pillars of 'Britishness' the Royal Navy the Westminster Parliament the Constitutional Monarchy the Aristocracy the British Empire A history of the British Isles and it s peoples from a non anglo centric perspective Many British people let alone foreigners don t understand the difference

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Written by one of the most brilliant and provocative historians at work today The Isles is a revolutionary narrative history that presents a new perspective on the development of Britain and Ireland looking at them not as self contained islands but as an inextricable part of EuropeThis richly layered history begins with the Celtic Supremacy in the last centuries BC which is presented in the light of a Celtic world stretching all the way from Iberia to Asia Minor Roman Britain This is not so much a history of the British Isles strictly speaking as it is an extensive historical reflection on national identity It examines changing co

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And the English LanguageThis holistic approach challenges the traditional nationalist picture of a thousand years of eternal England a uniue country formed at an early date by Anglo Saxon kings which evolved in isolation and except for the Norman Conuest was only marginally affected by continental affairs The result is a new picture of the Isles one of four countries England Ireland Scotland and Wales constantly buffeted by continental storms and repeatedly transformed by them For someone educated at an English school this book is a useful corrective to the history taught there I left having been taught nothing about the history of


10 thoughts on “The Isles A History

  1. says:

    I love a history book any book really that makes you look at the world differently when you're finished with it I love a book even that stays with you long after you have put it back on the shelf and like a favouri

  2. says:

    This is not so much a history of the British Isles strictly speaking as it is an extensive historical reflection on national identity It examines changing concepts of England Britain Great Britain the British Empire the British Commonwealth

  3. says:

    I don't like Norman Davies but I have to give this book at least 4 stars Davies is another revisionist historian but unlike most he gives good justification for most of his revisions and is a first rate historian when it comes to historiographical criticism I think all history students should read the part of this book where Davies savages the previous historical writing about the United Kingdom He obviously writes from

  4. says:

    A history of the British Isles and it's peoples from a non anglo centric perspective Many British people let alone foreigners don't understand the difference between Great Britain the United Kingdom and England believing them to be interchangeable at best No wonder then that this tome begins with an attempt to unravel this knot of confusio

  5. says:

    I’m sorry to say I found this a big disappointment It starts off well enough – the early chapters on the preh

  6. says:

    I got this book cheaply 10 US dollars at a Half Price bookstore list price was 1999 pounds which is about 30 US dollars without any idea of how good it was I had no significant knowledge of the history of Britian or the Is

  7. says:

    For someone educated at an English school this book is a useful corrective to the history taught there I left having been taught noth

  8. says:

    Mr Davies does a delightful job of bringing history to life in his clear concise writing style and attention to detail Rather than an

  9. says:

    Everything you know about British history is wrong unless your name is Norman Davies The heck with There will always be an England according to Davies there never was an England The very idea of England is a whiggish plot And don't even get started on the idea of Britain But you should probably visit Wales if you have the properly reverent attitudeA clearly written and enjoyable one man's view type of history

  10. says:

    A good informative read hard to put down I have read Norman Davies before and have found him to be a solid unbiased author A good detailed history is given without trying to patriotically glorify it With a keen interest in history i have lea

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