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Britannia: 100 Documents that Shaped a Nation [Hardcover]

Graham Stewart
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1 Sep 2011
In Britannia Graham Stewart traces two thousand years of an island's story - from Roman province to twenty-first century European nation-state - through one hundred historic documents. From the eighth-century Lindisfarne Gospels to the great testament of Norman bureaucracy, the Domesday Book, and from the designs for the Union Jack in 1606 to Neville Chamberlain's 1938 Munich agreement with Hitler, the documents selected embrace a wide range of national endeavours: politics and religion, warfare and diplomacy, economics and the law, science and invention, literature and journalism, as well as sport and popular music. Thus the first edition of The Times rubs shoulders with the rules of the newly formed Marylebone Cricket Club; the designs for Stephenson's Rocket with the Catholic Emancipation Act; Lord Kitchener's iconic First World War recruitment poster with Clause Four of the Labour Party's constitution; and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album cover with Britain's accession treaty to the European Economic Community. These are documents that not only defined their own eras, but which continue to resonate today. Stylishly written and generously illustrated (including numerous reproductions of the documents themselves, twenty-four of them in full colour), Britannia belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who is curious to learn more about the historic roots of our culture, society, language, religious traditions and political institutions.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; First Edition edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843549980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843549987
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Graham Stewart was born in 1969 and educated at St Andrews and Cambridge universities. His first book, Burying Caesar: Churchill, Chamberlain and the Battle for the Tory Party was published to international acclaim in 1999. Joining The Times as a leader writer in 2000, he wrote the latest volume of the newspaper's history, The Murdoch Years, in 2005. His other books are Friendship and Betrayal: Ambition and the Limits of Loyalty, and His Finest Hours: Winston Churchill's War Speeches. He currently writes The Times' weekly 'Past Notes' column, and is writing a history of Britain in the 1980s.

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An original and attention-grabbing idea, this: two thousand years of British history as told through one hundred landmark documents, ranging from the Lindisfarne Gospels and Beowulf to the 1948 British National Act and the EEC Accession Treaty, that together have helped shape a nation.
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This book is really a series of well written essays on differing themes through the history of Britain - often very enlightening. The "documents" are merely a ploy.

The publishers could have done a better job - the book could have had a better look.
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