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One of three countries that make up the island of Great Britain, England is among the oldest continually existing states in the world. Since Athelstan of Wessex united England as a single kingdom in the tenth century A.D., this northwestern European country has played a prominent rote in world affairs. Much of England's fortune can be attributed to the fact that it has not been invaded by a foreign country since 1066. In repelling such European military threats as the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the German Luftwaffe more than three-and-a-half centuries later, England has been able to preserve its unique character. Moreover, English culture has spread well beyond the shores of the British Isles. During the height of the British Empire, in the nineteenth century, English influence reached every corner of the globe: from Canada in North America to Hong Kong in East Asia, and from India in South Asia to Nigeria in Africa. Around the same time, England became the epicenter of the Industrial Revolution, which ensured that English manufactured goods dominated the global market.
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This insightful, readable overview of England past, present and future is a recent addition to Chelsea House's "Modern World Nations" series. The author begins with a chapter entitled, This Scepter'd Isle, which clearly explains the terms England, Great Britain, and British Isles that confuse so many people. He continues with an interesting description of the land that includes, among other things, a discussion of environmental concerns. His chapters on the history, the people, the government and the economy provide insights into how and why things have happened. He begins the chapter on living in England today with a statement that "England has experienced the same kind of changes in the make-up of family life as North America over the past 50 years" and continues with a clear-eyed look at social trends and concerns. But it is not all serious. He tells of sports and leisure activities, media and entertainment, traditions and festivals, and uniquely English foods. In the final chapter on England's future, the author looks at devolution, the future of the monarchy, and England's role on the world stage. The book includes maps, facts and history at a glance, a thoughtful and descriptive list for further reading, Internet sites, bibliography, and an index. 2003, Chelsea House Publishers,
— Janet Crane Barley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791095140
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Modern World Nations Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introducing England     8
Physical Landscapes     14
England Through Time     27
People and Culture     43
Government and Politics     61
England's Economy     75
Living in England Today     89
England's Heritage and Treasures     103
England Looks Ahead     110
Facts at a Glance     114
History at a Glance     117
Bibliography     120
Further Reading     121
Index     122
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