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This Sceptred Isle: The Making of the British (This Sceptred Isle)

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What is Britishness? What allowed one small island group to rule a quarter of the world and, even today, to have the most spoken language after Chinese? What makes Americans admire the guts, traditions and loyalties of these island Anglo-Saxon and Celtic peoples? What is it that makes cynical Europeans and once-dominated Asians look to the British for opinion, literature, ...more
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This history of Britain opens in the year 77,000 BC. Events from 1901 are more or less summarised. After all, there are many accounts of the two world wars and of the twentieth century in general.

I was most interested in the English origins up to the late 1500s, as from 1600 onwards the author focuses more and more on all things political, as well as on colonialism, and neither topic appeals to me. Had that not been the case I would have awarded this tome 4 or maybe even 5 stars, as Lee's writin
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Christopher Lee is a British writer, historian and broadcaster, best-known for writing the radio documentary series This Sceptred Isle for the BBC, which recounts the history of Britain from the Romans to the death of Queen Victoria, the 20th century and the British Empire.

Lee's career began as a defence and foreign affairs correspondent for the BBC. Leaving his career in journalism for academia,
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1603: The Death of Queen Elizabeth I, the Return of the Black Plague, the Rise of Shakespeare, Piracy, Witchcraft, and the Birth of the Stuart Era This Sceptred Isle: 55 BC - 1901: The Roman Invasion to the Death of Queen Victoria This Sceptred Isle: Vol 1: 55BC-1087 (BBC Radio Collection) This Sceptred Isle: Vol 2: 1087-1327 (BBC Radio Collection) This Sceptred Isle: Twentieth Century: From the Death of Queen Victoria to the Dawn of a New Millennium

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