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A SHORTENED HISTORY OF ENGLAND. Paperback – 1963

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin (1963)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WD00V4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Very good book! I have to study it for my university course...it's really well written and easy to follow.
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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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Patriotism is a word usually used with some intent to deceive, or to attack something other than the ostensible object of the patriotism. But Trevelyan's (Shortened) History of England would seem to be a patriotic book that is entirely positive.

It’s quite accessible for those who have only a passing knowledge of British (mostly English) history. Some episodes are dealt with in a way readers not already steeped in the tradition will find adequate, others will need some illumination from other works. But it's a cohesive story, and probably a good initial brush-up for those who haven't read such stuff since their early schooling.

I said that Trevelyan is patriotic. He was writing in the early part of the 20th century, and was proud of England. He believed the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian were the basis for something good. This good thing got much better with the Conquest by the Normans, and became, with Henry the Second, in hindsight, the prototype for the best polities in the world, those of the English-speaking peoples.

His style is rich and direct at the same time. An easy but edifying read. Any literate person who doesn't hate England will enjoy it, especially if English is a language they have known since early on in life.

I haven't read the six full volumes of which this is an abridgement, and have not heard a description of the method whereby this abridgement was made.
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Very difficult to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Jan. 2015
By robert - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patriotism, not for scoundrels 8 Jan. 2016
By (((Marco Buendia))) - Published on Amazon.com
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Patriotism is a word usually used with some intent to deceive, or to attack something other than the ostensible object of the patriotism. But Trevelyan's (Shortened) History of England would seem to be a patriotic book that is entirely positive.

It’s quite accessible for those who have only a passing knowledge of British (mostly English) history. Some episodes are dealt with in a way readers not already steeped in the tradition will find adequate, others will need some illumination from other works. But it's a cohesive story, and probably a good initial brush-up for those who haven't read such stuff since their early schooling.

I said that Trevelyan is patriotic. He was writing in the early part of the 20th century, and was proud of England. He believed the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian were the basis for something good. This good thing got much better with the Conquest by the Normans, and became, with Henry the Second, in hindsight, the prototype for the best polities in the world, those of the English-speaking peoples. Trevelyan takes particular care to explore the Stuarts. the Commonwealth & Cromwell, the Restoration, and the "Glorious Revolution". Historiographical trends have since worked against Trevelyan in this area, but Americans will likely recognize the Gruenderjahre of their own polity here, for better or worse.

His style is rich and direct at the same time. An easy but edifying read. Any literate person who doesn't hate England will enjoy it, especially if English is a language they have known since early on in life.

I haven't read the six full volumes of the extended set. I'm not sure that this "Shortened history" is actually an abridgment of those six volumes.
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 Jun. 2015
By MichaelRS - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to read this as one of our "text" for a History of Britain class. It is an easy, factual read of the history of England, if a bit dry now and then. Better if you are a history buff. But I don't think it's too awful a read for, say, a student that HAS to take a history course for which it is required reading.
If you'd like something a little more entertaining, that gives you the progress of England from the thawing of the ice age thru WW II, check out "Sarum: the Novel of England", by Edward Rutherfurd (which was our other "text"). It follows the general development of England and it's peoples through several fictional families in a more general sense and, as I said, is more entertaining.
But obviously our instructor picked them because the two books do compliment each other.
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