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The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World [Paperback]

John Haywood , Barry Cunliffe
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28 Sep 2009 Historical Atlas
In a series of 54 stunning full-colour maps covering 3,000 years and spanning the whole of Europe, this book, newly available in paperback, comprehensively charts the dramatic history of the Celts from their origins in the Bronze Age to their present-day diaspora. Taking into account the latest research and academic controversies over the historical identity of the Celts, the Atlas deals separately with the Continental Celts (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Anatolia), the Atlantic Celts (Britain and Ireland) and the modern Celts and the current state of Celtic culture.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 1 edition (28 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500288313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500288313
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 18.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Atlas of the Celts 12 Oct 2011
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This book sets out to show the rise and fall of the Celtic peoples through the use of maps across a huge expanse of time and space. Using language as a guide to defining the Celts, John Haywood, with the assistance of renowned archaeologist Barry Cunliffe, attempts to chart the course of the Celtic languages - as well as culture (a far more risky endeavour) from the times of the Indo-Europeans about 6,000 years ago up until the decline of the language group across the Atlantic facade in the 21st century AD.

Despite covering such a broad period of history in such a short book (144 pages including index) it surprisingly mangaes to fit in a lot of details and facts. It covers everything from major religious sites in Iron Age Europe, to the spread of Brochs and Duns in Scotland, Galatians in Anatolia, Anglo-Normans in Ireland, to the origins of Wales, as well as a whole lot more. If you are studying the Celts it would be well worth having the book in front of you as it manages to show you in a broad sweep the fortunes of the Celtic peoples across the millennia. The book is divided into two sections - one looks at the continental Celts - the Celts in Italy, Gaul, Iberia, Galatia etc; and the other on the Insular Celts of the British Isles.

The book is heavily illustrated throughout with diagrams, photographs and illustrations. The maps are also relativily large (some taking up the whole page in many sections of the book) and they are colourful and well defined - far superior to the small indistinct maps found in the New Penguin Atlases of History.

The text by John Haywood is erudite, and easy to follow - packing lots of facts and information into short paragraphs. Overall this a must have for anyone who studies or has an interest in Celtic, Iron Age, Breton, Irish, Scots and Welsh history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 10 July 2012
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Well writen, better explained. I found it delighful. I spent some pleasant moments reading through this book.Very good graphics, lots of maps (very important!).Enough information in order to know the whereabouts of celts.
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I bought this book as a reference guide. I teach Archaeology and we are dealing with the Celts just now and this has become a wonderful addition to my "Celtic" collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars A visual history of Celtic Europe 25 Feb 2013
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This atlas clarified my understanding of the history and early locations of the European Celts. The only reason I did not give this review five stars was because the text for the section on the Celts in Ireland and the British Isles did not at times maintain the professional manner of the rest of the text. The text was otherwise clear and well-substantiated. The European Celts were historically referred to using various terms. They left little written record, and the artifacts can be subject to various interpretations. The author defines the Celts as a linguistic group and is careful to indicate what evidence he uses. The maps alone are worth the price of the book. I have read several histories trying to understand the complex deep history of Europe, and these maps clarified that for me. For those with an interest in the complex history of the Celts without the layers of popular fantasy, I recommend this atlas.
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