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Written by one of the most brilliant and provocative historians at work today The Isles is a revolutionary narrative history that presents a new perspective on the development of Britain and Ireland looking at them not as self contained islands but as an inextricable part of EuropeThis richly layered history begins with the Celtic Supremacy in the last centuries BC which is presented in the light of a Celtic world stretching all the way from Iberia to Asia Minor Roman Britain I don t like Norman Davies but I have to give this book at least 4 stars Davies is another revisionist historian but unlike most he gives good justification for most of his revisions and is a first rate historian when it comes to historiographical criticism I think all history students should read the part of this book where Davies savages the previous historical writing about the United Kingdom He obviously writes from a Celticcatholic viewpoint and one has to be careful when one reads him for this reason alone But his criticism of previous histories of Britain and associated islands one should NEVER call Ireland a British isle there s nothing British about it and uestioning of long assumed positions is the stuff of which first class historiography is made and well received by me whatever else Davies faults are If you want to understand how British history has been written you need to read these sections The book is huge this is never a fault with a good book The fault lies with some of text which is superflous and only provides gristle to get in the way of the meat Fictional accounts of isolated instances of British history should never have appeared in such a book Davies revisionist sallies against the walls of British historiography are worth wading through this nonesense though He also writes as if he were supporting trends that he assumes will happen in the future which comes to partisan politics than to sound history This is not the book to read to come away from saying one has completely learned British history from it Davies is often too busy grinding his own axes to give time to the events and themes which need to be discussed An example is his treatment of the Cornish language revival movement which might be of interest to all 500 participants but comes at the sacrifice of lots of European historical context which would have interfered with Davies lashing of his pet peeves protestants Germanics and royalty But The Isles A History is to be learned from and it is a worthy read for many reasons

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And the English LanguageThis holistic approach challenges the traditional nationalist picture of a thousand years of eternal England a uniue country formed at an early date by Anglo Saxon kings which evolved in isolation and except for the Norman Conuest was only marginally affected by continental affairs The result is a new picture of the Isles one of four countries England Ireland Scotland and Wales constantly buffeted by continental storms and repeatedly transformed by them Mr Davies does a delightful job of bringing history to life in his clear concise writing style and attention to detail Rather than an endless drone of dates and figures this book is full of rich illustrations maps charts and even music notations which bring his subjects to life He also scatters through vignettes of the regular people caught up in the history he discusses clearly conveying the certainty that momentous events affected not only kings and princes but poignantly the people they ruledI own three of Mr Davies books and plan to own several

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Is seen not as a uniue phenomenon but as similar to the other frontier regions of the Roman Empire The Viking Age is viewed not only through the eyes of the invaded but from the standpoint of the invaders themselves Norse Danes and Normans In the later chapters Davies follows the growth of the United Kingdom and charts the rise and fall of the main pillars of 'Britishness' the Royal Navy the Westminster Parliament the Constitutional Monarchy the Aristocracy the British Empire I got this book cheaply 10 US dollars at a Half Price bookstore list price was 1999 pounds which is about 30 US dollars without any idea of how good it was I had no significant knowledge of the history of Britian or the Isles but hoped to learn As I have read this book I have learned a significant amount but unfortunately for me this is a history book to correct what one has wrongly already learned ie that which I had not learned I am sure I missed a lot of what he was saying So it is not a particularly good introduction to the topic if you have a week history of britian background such as IIt was however very engaging and entertaining and had to be as long as it is As a survey for that long it certainly leaves out a lot It bills itself as a survey of the Isles but it certainly seemed Ireland the Welsh and Scotland could have been covered This is a secular history but religion is important and covered to some degree but I would have been interested in about William Wilberforce and the abolition movement as well as Methodism and its roots Recommend for those with a background of history of EnglandGreat Britain or who want a broad overview One point he nicely makes is that historians have become so focused and have such narrow fields of study that no one can look at a broad picture It is important to study the trees in the forest but it is important to study the forest as well While this book can be read in sections of time the sections overlap and tie into each other Not recommended for a uick read or the faint of heart


10 thoughts on “The Isles A History

  1. says:

    I love a history book any book really that makes you look at the world differently when you're finished with it I love a book even that stays with you long after you have put it back on the shelf and like a favou

  2. says:

    This is not so much a history of the British Isles strictly speaking as it is an extensive historical reflection on national identity It examines changing concepts of England Britain Great Britain the British Emp

  3. says:

    I don't like Norman Davies but I have to give this book at least 4 stars Davies is another revisionist historian but unlike most he gives good justification for most of his revisions and is a first rate historian when it comes to historiographical criticism I think all history students should read the part of this book where Davies savages

  4. says:

    A history of the British Isles and it's peoples from a non anglo centric perspective Many British people let alone foreigners don't understand the difference between Great Britain the United Kingdom and England believing them to be i

  5. says:

    I’m sorry to say I found this a big disappointment It starts off well enough – the early chapters on the prehistory of the British Isles are very good brilliant almostbut it soon goes off and gets so progressively bad that in the end I couldn’t finish it The problem is that Professor Davies hates the English and it really isn’t possible to write a decent history of the British Isles if at every point

  6. says:

    I got this book cheaply 10 US dollars at a Half Price bookstore list price was 1999 pounds which is about 30 US dollars without any id

  7. says:

    For someone educated at an English school this book is a useful corrective to the history taught there I left having been taught nothing abou

  8. says:

    Mr Davies does a delightful job of bringing history to life in his clear concise writing style and attention to detail Rather than an endless drone of dates and figures this book is full of rich illustrations maps charts and even music notations which bring his subjects to life He also scatters through vignettes of the regular people caught up in the history he discusses clearly conveying the certainty that momentous events affec

  9. says:

    Everything you know about British history is wrong unless your name is Norman Davies The heck with There will always be an England according to Davies there never was an England The very idea of England is a whiggish plot And don't even get started on the idea of Britain But you should probably visit Wales if you have the properly reverent attitudeA clearly written and enjoyable one man's view type of history

  10. says:

    A good informative read hard to put down I have read Norman Davies before and have found him to be a solid unbiased author A good detailed histo