24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Well written, very informative, but no maps,
This review is from: The Tribes of Britain (Hardcover)
I recently read Bloody Foreigners by Robert Winder, a history of immigrants in Britain. The Tribes of Britain is more of a general history of the British Isles, but with a particular emphasis on immigration and what everyday life was like in particular periods. The other major difference between the two books is that, while they both cover the whole history of the British Isles, Robert Winder (a journalist) is clearly most interested in recent history, while David Miles (an archaeologist) is more concerned with ancient and medieval history. Both books are written in an easy, conversational style but Winder's style tends more towards the anecdotal while Miles includes more facts and figures.
One of those figures, from the 2001 census, is that the ethnic minority population of Britain is 5.5%, so we have a LONG way to go yet before "outsiders" become the majority. My own guess is that in four generations time the only traces of our current ethnic minorities will be the marginally darker skin of the future Britons, and some un-Anglo-Saxon surnames.
And yes, four stars, not five because there are no maps!