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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (10 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470035366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470035368
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,711 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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“…a great book that explores the history of Britain in a fun and accessible way.” Ruislip & Northwood Gazette, Harefield Gazette, Hayes & Harlington Gazette & Uxbridge & West Drayton Gazette Wednesday 21 May 2008

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Bestseller! Now with extended coverage of modern British history Britain′s past brought right up to date This book is a riotous, irreverent account of the people and events that have shaped Britain. Always get those kings and queens confused? Never sure what happened when? You need this book. 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. Praise for British History For Dummies ′It puts the history of Britain into the sort of perspective I′ve always hoped for.′ —Terry Jones, Monty Python star and co–author of Who Murdered Chaucer? ′Honestly – you can′t beat British History For Dummies.′ —Bernard Cornwell, author of the Sharpe novels Discover how to Famous and infamous Britons Key royal, military, and cultural eras Power in Britain: Who lost it, who took it The rise and fall of Britain′s global empire History as it connects to Britain today

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on 24 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book whisks you through our history with what I thought was just the right balance of hard fact, the author's opinion, and a bit of fun. I read a lot of history and it's not often as enjoyable as this. I wouldn't say that I learned anything new by reading this book - it's not a radical reworking of our country's history - but I enjoyed brushing up on what I know.

There's a good balance between the different time periods, and a mix of social, political, and military info. All in all, a good read if you like history already, and a good read if you're not into history yet (you might be when you've finsihed it).

One last thing - the author writes really nicely, more historians like this please!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By I. D. Miller on 29 Mar. 2006
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This series of Dummies (and the alternative Idiot's) guides keeps to a similar, readable and entertaining format, that works for any of the different topics covered. If you like the style for one, then I'm sure you can pick any topic you're interested in and find the book enjoyable.
This one covered British History from the Stone Age to now. Inevitably, it covered a great deal of information about which King or Queen did what and the affect they had on history. This was the stuff I always found tedious at school, but enjoyed it here. What I did find of most use is where alternative views are expressed to the common, accepted norm and where certain events are tied in with its modern implications.
This is a book I'll keep for my children for when they get to Secondary school, and get bored with their History teacher.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. L. Taylor on 3 Oct. 2005
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I have never liked 'for dummies' books but I was recommended this and had a browse through it. It is brilliant. It is filled with loads of information that you simply do not realise you are learning as you chuckle your way through all the chapters.
If you are interested in history then you shoud read this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Philip on 19 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book until I came to a chapter I already knew something about. At that point I realised that there were quite a number of factual inaccuracies. I then cross-checked another chapter with someone who was an expert on that period. Again, inaccuracies.

So although it is fun to read, witty and fast-paced, I've now lost all confidence in the factual material. I read this book because I wanted to understand more about British History, I'm now going to buy a book with better academic credentials.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Morris on 7 July 2010
Format: Paperback
These 'Dummies' books have their own remit, I accept. Originally designed to make sense of computer programs and the like, they have a nasty, gaudy yellow and black cover. The problem here is that there are no pictures or colourful illustrations at all, so bizarrely it actually is a bit swings and roundabouts. Yes, the writing is very chatty - a bit too chatty for my tastes, it grates a bit - but on the other hand, it's made harder to digest without any nice pictures conjuring up a flavour of the times. I'd recommend Roy Strong's History Of Britain, that got me into the subject more. Also the pocket book of Kings And Queens by Richard Cavendish, which you can pick up from the National Gallery shop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Timothy Gray on 17 Mar. 2009
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The book arrived quickly..

It is a themed series of chapters, that deal with distinct periods or developments in British History. It is highly readable and entertaining, offering a good introduction to most historical studies, with a strong narrative running throughout.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee Johnson on 1 Nov. 2008
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This book is an extremely interesting tour of British history. Dr Sean Lang is a highly regarded historian currently lecturing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He writes with such clarity and in an informative but excitable lexis.

I have got to know Sean Lang very well over the past few weeks and rate him so highly. This book is such a clear whistle stop tour of British history including: Enlgand, Ireland, Scotland and Wales incorporating the struggles, achievements and advancements in the wealth of history that Britain has to explore that will inspire and captivate the reader.

This is a perfect book to brush up on your knowledge of history, and use this as a stepping stone to explore in greater detail.
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As any 'for Dummies' book it is easy and interesting to read it. The book is full of the variety of interesting facts and hints. It highlights influences of particular historical events on contemporary Britain which I found incredibly interesting. However, one quite unpleasant thing for me occurred when the book was bought. Being a foreigner I purchased it in order to introduce myself to British history. But the book is mainly for those who is already familiar with key events. The main purpose of it is to explain and interpret these events rather than describe it. Overall, I consider the 'British History for Dummies' to be a curious book but in order to enjoy it completely the reader should be aware of key facts of Britain and its history.
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