The Isles: A History

The Isles: A History

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by Norman Davies
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195148312

ISBN-13: 9780195148312

Pub. Date: 11/29/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780195148312
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/29/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1296
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 2.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxiii
List of Mapsxvi
List of Tablesxvii
List of Appendicesxviii
Introductionxxi
Chapter One The Midnight Isles1
Chapter Two The Painted Isles c. 600 BC to AD 4345
Chapter Three The Frontier Isles 43 to c. 410103
Chapter Four The Germanico-Celtic Isles c. 410 to 800151
Chapter Five The Isles in the West 795 to 1154227
Chapter Six The Isles of Outremer 1154 to 1326303
Chapter Seven The Englished Isles 1326 to 1603403
Chapter Eight Two Isles: Three Kingdoms 1603 to 1707531
Chapter Nine The British Imperial Isles 1707 to 1922659
Chapter Ten The Post-Imperial Isles 1900 to Present871
Notes1059
Appendices1091
Index1183

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