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  • The Isles A History
  • Norman Davies
  • English
  • 24 November 2019
  • 9780195148312

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Norman Davies ´ 5 Free read Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Norman Davies Free download The Isles A History 105 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. For someone educated at an English school this book is a useful corrective to the history taught there I left having been taught nothing about the history of the rest of the British Isles not indeed pointed at any areas where I might study further for interest sake He goes into the history of the Isles with a broad brush and the book was and is a pointer to further reading and understanding As someone who is perhaps genuinely British by family background English Scottish Welsh with a little Cornish but no Irish that I can trace I ve always been hacked off at the lazy conflation of English with British and anything that can shift that perception is valuable

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Norman Davies ´ 5 Free read Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Norman Davies Free download The Isles A History 105 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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Norman Davies ´ 5 Free read Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Norman Davies Free download The Isles A History 105 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 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 you relish a racist put down I have read many of Davies s books and until now loved them all My disillusionment on finding that someone I have loved and admired actually hates me and all my tribe is therefore hugely upsetting Until the English actually arrive the hatred is concealed but the moment Hengist and Horsa swing on the scene we are treated to the poisonous invective of a seasoned Anglophobe It didn t have to be like this Jean Sans Terre as none of his subjects called King John was no a Frenchman than I am the Normans or Northmen were not of course ethnically French at all yet Professor Davies rubs his Frenchified moniker in our English faces at every opportunity And of course he hates the Church of England as an expression of English nationalism of course he would Davies loves all supranational non English institutions whether they are the Church of Rome or the European Union as the flip side to his hatred of everything Anglo Saxon I haven t been so disappointed since watching Edward I s Irish levies switch sides to the Jockinese in one of the battle scenes in the film Braveheart Ah Professor Davies I would follow you anywhere in your historical exploration of all things Polish or eastern European but in this book alas the cloven hoof peeps from under your Welsh hose and you show yourself to be just another chippy Celt