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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 Europe.

This 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 is seen not as a unique 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, and the English Language.

This holistic approach challenges the traditional nationalist picture of a thousand years of "eternal England"--a unique country formed at an early date by Anglo-Saxon kings which evolved in isolation and, except for the Norman Conquest, 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.

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This radical new history of the "British Isles", written by the distinguished scholar and author of "Europe: A History", offers a new perspective on the development of Britain and Ireland, looking at them not as self-contained islands, but as an inextricable part of Europe. 50 halftones. 12 maps.

About the Author

Norman Davies is the author of Europe: A History. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of London, Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195148312
Subtitle:
A History
Author:
Davies, Norman
Author:
null, Norman
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History, World | British
Publication Date:
20011129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 maps, 35 halftones, 17 maps, 2 line i
Pages:
1296
Dimensions:
5.5 x 8.5 x 2.2 in 3.131 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This radical new history of the "British Isles", written by the distinguished scholar and author of "Europe: A History", offers a new perspective on the development of Britain and Ireland, looking at them not as self-contained islands, but as an inextricable part of Europe. 50 halftones. 12 maps.
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