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The English and their history

Tombs, Robert author.

New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2015

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  • Title:
    The English and their history
  • Author: Tombs, Robert author.
  • Subjects: Great Britain -- History; History
  • Description: Who do we think we are? -- Prelude : The dreamtime -- The birth of a nation. This earth, this realm, c. 600-1066 ; The Conqueror's kingdom ; Five centuries after Bede -- The English unleashed. A well good land ; "The world is changed and overthrown" ; Writing the Middle Ages : Shakespeare and lesser historians -- The great divide, c. 1500-c. 1700. Reformation ; Revolution ; The civil war and "Whig history" -- Making a new world, c. 1660-c. 1815. And all was light ; A free country? ; The rise and fall of the Atlantic nation ; The first industrial nation ; Wars of dreams -- The English century. Dickensian England, c. 1815-c. 1850 ; Victorian England ; Imperial England, 1815-1918 ; Englishness in the English century -- The new dark age, 1914-1945. The war to end war ; The twenty-year truce ; The edge of the abyss, 1939-1945 ; Memory, history, and myth -- An age of decline? Postwar ; England's cultural revolutions ; Storm and stress ; Things can only get better, 1997-c. 2014 -- The English and their history.
    "The English and Their History presents the momentous story of England "first as an idea, and then as a kingdom, as a country, a people and a culture." Here, in a single volume, is a fresh and comprehensive account of the English and their history. With extraordinary insight, Robert Tombs examines language, literature, law, religion, politics, and more while investigating the sources of England's collective memory and belief. The English and Their History spans 700,000 years, from the island's very first inhabitants to the present day, stopping along the way to recount the tales of conquerors, kings, and queens; a nation's myths and legends, facts and extraordinary truths. No history of England has come close to matching the scale and scope of this historical masterwork--with an eye for detail to rival his ambition, Tombs has managed to cover every significant happening and development over hundreds of thousands of years while accessibly explaining how they connect. But The English and Their History is more a work of narrative nonfiction than one of reference or record, expertly guiding the reader from footprints in the mud of early Homo sapiens through Shakespeare, Reformation, revolution, and industrialization in a narrative stretching all the way to the present"--
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf
  • Creation Date: 2015
  • Format: x, 1024 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 901-999) and index.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISBN9781101874769 ;ISBN1101874767
  • Source: 01NRTHIOW ALMA
  • Alma MMS ID: 991006834909702841

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