The Story Of England

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This is the ideal introduction to English history for all readers. Concise, informative, highly readable and beautifully illustrated, it presents in a flowing narrative the broad outline of England's political, economic and cultural history from Neolithic times to the 1990's.
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This is the ideal introduction to English history for all readers. Concise, informative, highly readable and beautifully illustrated, it presents in a flowing narrative the broad outline of England's political, economic and cultural history from Neolithic times to the 1990's.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780714826523
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 597,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note 7
Pt. I The British Melting Pot: From Neolithic times (5000-2500 BC) to the defeat of the Anglo-Saxons (1066) 8
1 Natives and Immigrants 5000 BC to 55 BC 10
2 Roman Britain 55 BC to 450 18
3 Anglo-Saxons 450 to 1066 26
Pt. II The Shaping of the Nation: From the Norman Conquest (1066) to the Peasants' Revolt (1381) 40
4 Norman Rule 1066-1154 42
5 The House of Plantagenet 1154-1215 58
6 Crown and People 1215-1381 70
Pt. III The Struggle for Power: From the suppression of the Peasants' Revolt (1381) to the Restoration (1660) 90
7 Twilight of the Middle Ages 1381-1485 92
8 Tudor England 1485-1603 102
9 Early Stuart England 1603-1660 122
Pt. IV The Rise and Fall of Empire: From the Restoration of the Monarchy (1660) to the England of today 136
10 Empire and Industry 1660-1834 138
11 The Age of Reform 1830s-1900 158
12 The Twentieth Century 1901-1990 176
Maps 190
1 The West Country
2 Southern and Eastern England
3 Northern England
4 Central London
5 Civil War Locations
6 Cathedral and Country Houses
Genealogies 196
1 Anglo-Saxon Kings
2 Normans and Plantagenets 1066-1485
3 The House of Tudor 1485-1603
4 Stuarts and Hanoverians 1603-1837
5 Descendants of Queen Victoria 1837-
Chronological Charts 201
Prime Ministers 217
Bibliographical Note 218
Index 219
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Too Broad for English History...

    Has this ever happened to you? You go to work or school, have a long day, and then, in the final few hours, it just seems like it took a minute? Well, this is the story of this book. This book, 'The Story of England', is written for those who either have no idea about what English history is, or for people that just want to re-learn what they learned in school, or even if they are traveling to England and want to learn about the history about the country they are going to. The book starts off well. It covers everything really, gives a very detailed history of Prehistoric England, from Avebury to Stonehenge, and also gives a some detailed info on the Roman occupation of Britain during the time of Julius Caesar. Hibbert gives us info on the Anglo-Saxon liberation of England, and also on how King Arthur and his Welsh army defeated the Scots on a number of occasions, if there was an Arthur, of course. All this is about 40 pages, so it's pretty concise. Then, the book covers the Norman and Danish occupations of Southern England until 1154,and how the hated Normans installed a feudal system and also about the corruptness of the French Normans, especially King John, who collects taxes from his English subjects. We get no information on the causes of the First Crusade. We then learn about how England's monarchy was developed, how Parliament gained power, and finally how the English sealed their fate as a world power by defeating the French at Crecy, under King Edward III. We then learn about the Tudors and the present Stuart dynasty, and how the Catholic Mary treated the Anglican Britons. After this, the book gets bad. We don't get any info on England's role in the Age of Exploration, and I think we have only one sentence on the American Revolution, when the American colonists defeated their English rulers in 1781. After this, we get no info. We do get a few sentences on India, a few on some other places in Malaya, but apart from that, we get none. The entire twentieth century, including World Wars I and II, the prospect of Nazi invasion in 1940, the German bombs that fell on London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Swansea, Dublin, Cork, and Belfast in 1940-1942, is not mentioned. The book does a quick overview, but it is done. The Thatcher presidency and the Falkand Wars gets a paragraph. So basically, one could call this a 'Premodern History of England' rather than a 'History of England'. In my opinion, this title is more of a history of a monarchy rather than a history of the country, but it is good for people who have no idea about England or for people who want to travel there.

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