A Short History of England [NOOK Book]

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When G K Chesterton wrote this book World War I was still raging and, perhaps in reaction to this great conflict, he eschewed a 'normal' method of presenting history. Instead, 'A Short History of England' takes a broad-brush thematic approach, concentrating on the great historic movements that swept through Britain, and their consequences for later generations.
The result is a wonderful, charming account of his native land, full of characteristic pithy comments and his trademark...
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A Short History of England

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Overview

When G K Chesterton wrote this book World War I was still raging and, perhaps in reaction to this great conflict, he eschewed a 'normal' method of presenting history. Instead, 'A Short History of England' takes a broad-brush thematic approach, concentrating on the great historic movements that swept through Britain, and their consequences for later generations.
The result is a wonderful, charming account of his native land, full of characteristic pithy comments and his trademark wit (Henry VIII, we are told, "was almost as unlucky in his wives as they were in their husband.") Few will concur with the whole of Chesterton's thesis, but all will be enlightened and entertained, perhaps agreeing with George Bernard Shaw that the author "is at once the most concise and the fullest historian this... country has yet found."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000752425
  • Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 672,293
  • File size: 365 KB

Meet the Author

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 - 14 June 1936) better known as G.K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories-first carefully turning them inside out."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Not a History Book

    Chesterton wrote about absolutely everything, his home country being only one of thousands of topics. And while this essay is entitled "A Short History of England", there's nothing truly historic about it. What makes it a good read is his enthusiasm on the topic, and his inner voice. I definitely recommend it, unless you truly are searching for a historical piece of literature, in which case this isn't for you.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Waste of Time

    This has to be one of the worst books I have ever tried to read. I stuggled up to 40 pages of it and I know absolutely nothing more about English history now than what I did beforehand. The writings seem more to be the author's personal opinions rambling on forever on subjets vaguely connected with the topic but shedding almost no information on the history. A good examle is the chapter entitled "THe Crusades" wherein there appears to be nothing at all on the history of the Crusades.

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