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    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

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    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 and the United Kingdom Davies has two primary concerns First he challenges any and all assumptions that such titles for the island nation at any given point in its history are inter

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    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 his

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    A history of the British Isles and it's peoples from a non anglo centric perspective Many British people let alone foreigners don't

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    I’m sorry to say I found this a big disappointment It starts off well enough – the early chapters on the prehistory of the British Isles are very good brilliant almostbut it soon goes off and gets so progressively bad that in the

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    I got this book cheaply 10 US dollars at a Half Price bookstore list price was 1999 pounds which is about 30 US dollars with

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    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 the rest of the British Isles not indeed pointed at any areas where I might study further for interest' sake He goes into the history of the Isles with a broad brush and the book was and is a pointer to further reading and understanding As someone who i

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

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    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 whiggi

  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 learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone willing to learn of the progressi

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The Isles A History

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. 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 favourite friend you can t resist popping back to to look up something anything just to pick the book up againI consider myself fairly well versed in the history or as Mr Davies would say the histories of my islands but that was before reading The Isles It is a work of great sensitivity at times iconoc Cheating for the Chicken Man 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 The Last Runaway stretching all the way from Iberia to Asia Minor Roman Britain. 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 On Tidy Endings stays with you long after you have put it back on the Flat World Navigation shelf and like a favourite friend you can t resist popping back to to look up A House of My Own Stories from My Life something anything just to pick the book up againI consider myself fairly well versed in the history or as Mr Davies would Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, say the histories of my islands but that was before reading The Isles It is a work of great El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro sensitivity at times iconoc

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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. Mr Davies does a delightful job of bringing history to life in his clear concise writing style and attention to detail Rather than an endless drone of dates and figures this book is full of rich illustrations maps charts and even music notations which bring his subjects to life He also scatters through vignettes of the regular people caught up in the history he discusses clearly conveying the certainty that momentous events affected not only kings and princes but poignantly the people they ruledI own three

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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 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 confusion and set things from the off on a secure footingFrom there we are taken on a systematic history of the Isles as an integral inseparable whole with eual emphasis on the

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  • 1296
  • The Isles A History
  • Norman Davies
  • English
  • 19 March 2018
  • 9780195148312

About the Author: Norman Davies

Professor Ivor Norman Richard Davies FBA FRHistS is a leading English historian of Welsh descent noted for his publications on the history of Europe Poland and the United Kingdom From 1971 Davies taught Polish history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies SSEES of the University of London where he was professor from 1985 to 1996 Currently he is Supernumary Fellow at Wolfso