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An interesting and useful book
on 30 September 2007
I glanced at this book and picked it up cheaply at a supermarket, thinking that it might fill a gap in our family resources, so my initial, not very great, expectations were of a soft narrative history.
Instead I found a fascinating set of essays written by specialists with self evidently deep knowledge of their respective periods. One interesting common thread to the essays is that history is presented as a set of interconnected parallel narratives; broadly these are political, social and economic, however each essay gives these areas a more specific theme for appropriate to the period. The effect of reading each essay is to leave with the sense of having been introduced to an encompassing overview of the period.
In such a book I would have welcomed footnotes to provide sources for the evidence cited, however there are copious suggestions for further reading.