The Oxford History of Britain

The Oxford History of Britain

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The Oxford History of Britain tells the story of Britain and its people over two thousand years, from the coming of the Roman legions to the present day. Encompassing political, social, economic, and cultural developments throughout the British Isles, the dramatic narrative is taken up in turnby ten leading historians who offer the fruits of the best modern scholarship to the general reader in an authoritative form. A vivid, sometimes surprising picture emerges of a continuous turmoil of change in every period, and the wider social context of political and economic tension is made clear. But consensus, no less than conflict, is a part of the story: in focusing on elements of continuity down the centuries, theauthors bring out that special awareness of identity which has been such a distinctive feature of British society. By relating both these factors in the British experience, and by exploring the many ways in which Britain has shaped and been shaped by contact with Europe and the wider world, thislandmark work brings the reader face to face with the past, and the foundations of modern British society. The new edition brings the story into the twenty-first century, covering the changes to British society and culture during the Blair years and the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
Edition: Rev. ed., New ed
ISBN: 9780199579259
Characteristics: xiv, 821 p. : maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Morgan, Kenneth O.
Alternative Title: History of Britain
Call Number: 941 OXF


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Apr 14, 2015

This book is a collection of pieces written by a dozen or so historians covering different time periods. Each author (so far - I'm only half way through it) assumes that you already know the general history and they then put their analysis onto the events of the period - very learned and scholarly, but not much help if you are trying to learn the basic history of the period. My other complaint is that each author follows a different approach to each period - one will write purely of the politics of the period, another will include some economic history, another will include some arts & culture history. I'm going to continue with it as I'm more familiar with 18th, 19th and 20th century history facts - I'll see how I like the analysis.


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