A World by Itself by Jonathan Clark
A History of the British Isles (Pimlico)

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A magisterial new one-volume history of the British Isles from the Romans to the present day, by six of our most prestigious and engaging historians In A World by Itself, six distinguished British historians offer the most definitive and compelling history of the British Isles to date. Tracing the political, religious, and material cultures from the Romans to the present day, it is at once an urgent reassessment of our shared past and an inspirational celebration of British history. It focuses on the major themes and most dramatic moments of the last two millenia, from the Romans to reformation, revolution to restoration, wars both civil and global, and the enduring question of what it means to be "British." History, like the present, is always changing, and scholarship on the history of the British Isles is currently experiencing a golden age. The breakdown of modernism, the eclipse of the Marxist tradition and of the "Whig interpretation" that sees all history as progress, combined with the trajectories of nationalism in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, have all generated unprecedented intellectual activity. Nor has the world stood still: the collapse of communism, the issues of integration into the EU, and the advance of multiculturalism have led more and more people in the English-speaking world as a whole to sense that their collective landscape now.

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Formerly of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, and All Souls College, Oxford, JONATHAN CLARK is currently Hall Distinguished Professor of British History at the University of Kansas. JAMES CAMPBELL, until 2002 Professor of Medieval History at Oxford, is a Fellow of the British Academy. JOHN GILLINGHAM is Emeritus Professor of History at LSE and the Fellow of the British Academy. JENNY WORMALD is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, and formerly of St Hilda's College, Oxford. WILLIAM D. RUBINSTEIN is Professor of History at the Universty of Wales, Aberystwyth. LORD ROBERT SKIDELSKY is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University, and author of a multi-award-winning three-volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published January 7, 2010 by Random House UK. 752 pages
Genres: History, Travel.

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One of the last chapters allows speculation as to what might have happened if Britain had lost the 'battle of Britain' or the 'battle of the Atlantic' in 1940-41 and Britain had become a Vichy state with the elderly Lloyd George as a possible leader for a compromise peace, or what if Britain and ...

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