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The Isles: A History

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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 takes 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.

At every stage, The Isles connects offshore development with parallel events on the Continent. 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, such as Germany. 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. Plantagenet England is perceived, like the Kingdom of Jerusalem, as an extension of medieval France. 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 Protestant Supremacy, the British Empire, the imperial economy and sterling area, and the English Language.

The book ends with the crisis confronting Britain now--the emergence of the European Union. As the elements that make up the historic Britishness dissolve, Davies shows how public confusion is one of the most potent factors in this process of disintegration. As the Republic of Ireland prospers, and power in the United Kingdom is devolved, he predicts that the coming crisis in the British State may well be its last.

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 continents--England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales--constantly buffeted by continental storms and repeatedly transformed by them. Illuminated by the same clarity and piercing originality that distinguished Europe: A History, The Isles will become an agenda-setting book, one that will encourage a reassessment of what it means to be British while sparking debate about ideas of national identity and sovereignty.

Synopsis:

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, the author of Europe: A History (Main Selection of History Book Club), is Professor of History, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University of London. He lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195134421
Subtitle:
A History
Author:
Davies, Norman
Author:
null, Norman
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History, World | British
Subject:
History - World
Subject:
British
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20000302
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 maps, 35 halftones, 17 maps, 2 line i
Pages:
1296
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.6 x 2.6 in 3.7 lb

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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Europe » Ireland » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ireland

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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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