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A Shortened History of England [Paperback]

G. M. Trevelyan
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30 Jun 1994
Tells the story of the nation from the remote days of the Celt and the Iberian, through the raids of the Vikings, the Norman conquest, the first Elizabethan age and foundation of the Indian Empire to World War I and the setting up of the League of Nations.

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  • Paperback: 603 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140233237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140233230
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IT is not my purpose to describe pre-insular Britain and the great geologic changes, the volcanoes, the rise and fall of mountains, the tropical swamps in which the coal forest grew, or the industrious building of the chalk down under the sea. Read the first page
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If your knowledge of British history - like mine - has a few gaps in it, this may be just the book to fill the holes. It manages to combine a broad overview of trends and emerging themes with enough detail to fill out those trends and themes in a memorable and interesting way. I found it particularly fascinating on two periods: the time just prior to the Norman Conquest, and the Tudor age/Reformation. Its faults are mainly a reflection of its age (it was originally written during World War II): a tendency to assume background knowledge of history that can no longer be taken for granted, and a tendency to dwell on a now-vanished empire. It remains, nonetheless, a fascinating introduction to English history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous history book!!! 25 Dec 2000
A book of history, not concerned with the hatsize of kings or drowns itself with references to one obscure Act of Parliament after the other,is quite a rare thing to come by. This book is concerned with everything. It puts the ordinary man in the high seat and, after you read it, you really get a feling of having been there yourself. Whether it be the rise of the First English Standard or the Peterloo Massacre, Trevelyan makes you experiance history in a truly intense way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enlightening 14 July 2000
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Trevelyn was the nephew of Macauley--that other great English historian. Macauley's work focused on a brief period of English history after the Restoration. Trevelyn's work stretches from the ancient era to the end of World War I. I have read several works on the history of England, but this was by far the most pleasurable to read and the most informative. The book does a great job in explaining the religious and social issues surrounding the Reformation, the regicide, Cromwell's protectorate, and the Restoration. I feel that my understanding of the English-speaking world has been improved significantly. I have not yet read Churchill's history, but I cannot imagine anything better. Trevelyn's style is entertaining and he has a real pride in his native land which comes through the book.
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