The Atlantic Celts: Ancient People or Modern Invention?

The Atlantic Celts: Ancient People or Modern Invention?

by Simon James
     
 

The Celtic peoples hold a fundamental place in the British national conscious-ness. In this book Simon James surveys ancient and modern ideas of the Celts and challenges them in the light of revolutionary new thinking on the Iron Age peoples of Britain. Examining how ethnic and national identities are constructed, he presents an alternative history of the British

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Overview

The Celtic peoples hold a fundamental place in the British national conscious-ness. In this book Simon James surveys ancient and modern ideas of the Celts and challenges them in the light of revolutionary new thinking on the Iron Age peoples of Britain. Examining how ethnic and national identities are constructed, he presents an alternative history of the British Isles, proposing that the idea of insular Celtic identity is really a product of the rise of nationalism in the eighteenth century. He considers whether the “Celticness” of the British Isles is a romantic, even politically dangerous, falsification of history, with implications for the debate on self-government for the Celtic regions of the United Kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299166748
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 5.75(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
Introduction9
1The debate on Celtic identity15
2Standard histories: assumptions, limitations and objections26
3How the Celts were created, and why43
4Current ideas on ethnicity, and the insular Ancient Celts67
5Towards a new ethnic history of the isles86
6Conclusion: are the modern Celts bogus?136
Glossary145
Further reading147
Bibliography150
Index155
Illustration acknowledgments160

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