A History of the British Isles / Edition 3

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A History of the British Isles is not (unlike most other accounts) really just a history of England. Proper weight is given to all four, often fractious, components of the British Isles, providing the reader with an admirably balanced and absorbing account - political, social, economic and cultural - of an extraordinary shared history. In this second edition the study is brought up to date and each chapter has been thoroughly revised in the light of recent scholarship across the whole range of British history.
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Editorial Reviews

Brad Hooper
This very accessible one-volume history of the British Isles, by an English professor of history, incorporates not simply English history but also that of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, for, as the author correctly insists, "it is important to place due weight on [the British Isles'] separate and diverse national traditions." Prehistory to the present day is the extent of coverage; readers should expect no "long" discussions about any one particular topic. Black's treatment is as broad-ranging as it is cogent. Not just kings fall within Black's purview, but also commoners; not just politics, but economics and technology, too; and not simply interrelations among the component nationalities of the British Isles but also each of those nationalities' relations with the rest of Europe. A good acquisition for history collections needing a general history of the area.
Unlike most accounts of the British Isles which are really just histories of England, Black history, U. of Exeter examines the shared political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Scottish, Irish, English, and Welsh. He focuses on the political relations among the constituent parts of Britain, on relations between those parts and the rest of the Europe, and on the various stages since pre-history through with the British Isles have passed to achieve their present identity. Inexplicably, the book lacks an index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230362055
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Revised Edition, 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JEREMY BLACK is professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK. He is a leading authority on early modern British and continental European history, with special interest in international relations, military history, the press, and historical atlases. He is the author and editor of a number of books published by Palgrave Macmillan including "Eighteenth-Century Britain," 2nd edition (2008) and "War in the World: A Comparative History, 1450-1600" (2011).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
1 Pre-Roman and Roman Britain 1
2 Saxons, Vikings and Celts, AD 400-1066 11
3 The Middle Ages 36
4 The Sixteenth Century 96
5 1603-88 128
6 1689-1815 153
7 Age of Reform and Empire, 1815-1914 198
8 The Twentieth Century, 1914-96 259
9 The British Isles Today 319
10 Conclusions 338
Selected Further Reading 341
Index 347
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