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Should be more accurately titled A History of England and read as fiction.
on 11 February 2017
Before the middle of the 19th century of the population of Britain or British Isles, half or just over half was in England. I include Ireland in this because even though Schama says Britain he includes Ireland in the text.
So with only half or just over half of the population being within the boundary of modern England Schama devotes 95% of his writing to that population. If this was a history of England that would well and good but it claims to be or implies it is about the whole British Isles. The TV version is even worse as he in an English accent sneers at the victims of English conquest. The inevitability of subjugation by this master race produce by the English land. No mention of Robert the Bruce's attempt to unify Scotland and Ireland, with the very different shape that would make modern borders. Modern England might very well have been reduced the midlands and southeast around London. So much for inevitability. Schama in adoration portrays England as the real country with those other peoples like so much local fauna only to be mentioned as the English encounter and subjugate.