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British History for Dummies, Illustrated Hardback Edition [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Sean Lang
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17 Oct 2008
History is always a popular subject and British history has created some of the most lively and fascinating stories there are! Britain as we know it today has been shaped by centuries of political turmoil between state and church, as well as international conflicts, making its history a fascinating insight into how modern Britain has emerged. For this special, hardback edition of British History For Dummies , we’ve added over 100 black and white and colour photos for an even more explosive experience of British history. British History For Dummies Illustrated Edition : British history is still a major topic of interest, emphasised by the continual TV coverage and documentaries Inside you’ll find rip–roaring stories of power–mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire–building and forbidden love– not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips! Includes fascinating information in the fun For Dummies style– from the Stone Age right through to modern day Britain and everything in between! Provides the ultimate British history experience and the hardback format with over 100 illustrations make it the perfect gift for amateur historians

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  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Illustrated Edition edition (17 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470994681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470994689
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 18.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sean Lang's most recent book is First World War For Dummies, written in association with Imperial War Museums. He studied history at Oxford and now teaches it at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. In addition to First World War For Dummies, he has written three other history books in the For Dummies series, including the best-selling British History For Dummies.

Sean believes passionately in the importance of communicating the joy of history to the widest audience possible: he broadcasts regularly on BBC local radio, is often in demand as a speaker for history groups and he lectures regularly to Cambridge University's International Summer School. He is also an award-winning playwright and has had a number of one-act plays performed and published.

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"...includes fascinating information in the fun′For Dummies′ style" (BBC History Magazine, December 2008)

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The who, what, where, why, and when of British history British history is a rollercoaster ride of lively stories, relentless power–grabbing, and colourful characters – and it′s all in this book! Packed with colour photographs and illustrations, this special edition brings Britain′s history to life. From the Stone Age to modern day, you′ll discover the kings and queens, invasions, empire–building, and epic battles that have helped shape Britain as we know it today. Britain′s early days – how Britain was born, and Ages of history: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age Conquering Britain – the Romans, Saxons, Angles, Vikings, Normans, and their invasions Medieval Britain – from the Plantagenets and the Hundred Years War, to the Peasants′ Revolt and The Wars of the Roses The Making of a Great Britain – the world′s first industrial superpower and its global empire 20th–century Britain – from the First World War, the Suffragettes, and Bloody Sunday, to Churchill, the Falklands War, and Tony Blair Open the book and find: 75 pictures of memorable monarchs, famous landmarks, and iconic scenes The embroidered truth of the Bayeux Tapestry The curse of the Black Death Juicy details of Henry VIII′s love life A not–so–civil 17th–century war between Parliament and Crown Two wars that shook the world DNA, tea with milk, and The Beatles – what Britain has given the world

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of British History 12 Feb 2011
Full of information presented in an entertaining manner. This book revises some things I already knew but also contains a lot I didn't. Well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just shows that history is one long soap opera, ... 2 Aug 2014
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Just shows that history is one long soap opera, no sooner than one problem gets semi solved than another pops up.
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