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'If ever a history book were a tract for the times, it is The Isles: A History ... a masterwork..' Roy Porter, The Times
'Davies is among the few living professional historians who write English with vitality, sparkle, economy and humour. The pages fly by, not only because the pace is well judged but also because the surprises keep coming.' Felipe Fernàndez-Armesto, Sunday Times
'A book which really will change the way we think about our past ... marvellously rich and stimulating' Noel Malcolm, Evening Standard
'A historiographical milestone.' Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times
'The full shocking force of this book can only be appreciated by reading it.' Andrew Marr, Observer
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When did British history begin, and where will it all end? These controversial issues are tackled head-on in Norman Davies' polemical and persuasive survey of the four countries that in modern times have become known as the British Isles. Covering 10 millennia in just over a thousand pages, from "Cheddar Man" to New Labour, Davies shows how relatively recent was the formation of the English state--no earlier than Tudor times--and shows too how a sense of Britishness only emerged with the coming of empire in the 18th and 19th centuries. A historian of Poland and the author of an acclaimed history of Europe, Davies is especially sensitive to the complex mixing and merging of tribes and races, languages and traditions, conquerors and colonised which has gone on throughout British history and which in many ways makes "our island story" much more like that of the rest of Europe than we usually think. Many myths of the English are dispelled in this book and many historians are taken to task for their blinkered Anglo-centrism. But the book ends on an upbeat note, with Davies welcoming Britain's return to the heart of Europe at the dawn of the new millennium. --Miles TaylorBook Description:
The bestselling and controversial history of the 'British Isles', including Ireland from the author of Europe: A History. Emphasizing our long-standing European connections and positing a possible break-up of the United Kingdom, this is agenda-setting work is destined to become a classic.
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Book Description Macmillan Audio Books, 2004. Audio Book (CD). Condition: Very Good. Abridged by Keith Darvill, read by Andrew Sachs. 8 compact discs (9 hr. approx.) MAB 534, Macmillan Audio. Minimal shelf wear, all CDs work fine. Photographs available on request. All books dispatched same or next working day in robust packaging. Seller Inventory # 010065