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  • The Isles A History
  • Norman Davies
  • English
  • 09 August 2019
  • 9780195148312

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 th

  2. says:

    This is not so much a history of the British Isles strictly speaking as it is an extensive historical reflection on national identit

  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 the previous historical writing about the United Kingdom He obviously wr

  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 interchangeable at best No wonder then that this tome begins with an attempt to unravel this knot of confusion and set things from the off on a secure footingFrom there we are taken on a sys

  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 coul

  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 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

  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 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 b

  8. says:

    Mr Davies does a delightful job of bringing history to life in his clear concise writing style and attention to detail Ra

  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 history is given without trying to patriotically glorify it With a keen interest in history i have learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone willing to learn of the progressive development of all parts of the British Isles and Ireland The History of En

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The Isles A History

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 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

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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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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 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 interchangeable at best No wonder then that this tome begins with an attempt to unravel this knot of confusion and set things from the off on a secure footingFrom there we are taken on a systematic history of the Isles as an integral inseparable whole with eual emphasis on the various native Gaelic cultures as on the customary English narrative this consists of an almost comprehensive discussion of the various strata left by each successive conuest as an incoming cultural influenceThe tone of this book is really a search for identity A subversive attempt to explode the myths of English or British identity and dispel the official versions of British history as politically motivated constructs invented after the events The breaking of the myth is that these Islands have always been a meeting point for diverse often conflicting cultures be it through trade Empiricism proselytism andor conuest from native Pict and Celtic tribes through Roman Scandinavian Saxon Friesian and Norman we are the product of diverse interaction rather than any single cultural dominance and the rise of the English but really British to the status of C19th World super power influenced but neither hindered nor negated the importance of Welsh Irish and Scottish history Britain is by nature a multi cultural concept shaped as much by successive invading historical cultures as by it s own conuests This is the best attempt that I know of at a comprehensive history of our islands that honors and acknowledges all that have lived and contributed here As with all of Mr Davies books it is spoiled somewhat by the over labouring of certain points and the sound of grinding axes in the background but that is a minor uibble There is much a louder passion for prosaic subversive story telling and love of the subject that makes this a modern gem


About the Author: Norman Davies

Professor Ivor Norman Richard Davies FBA FRHistS is a leading English historian of Welsh descent noted for his publications on the history of Europe Poland and the United Kingdom From 1971 Davies taught Polish history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies SSEES of the University of London where he was professor from 1985 to 1996 Currently he is Supernumary Fellow at Wolfso