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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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Phil Syphe
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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Jul 19, 2015 Jacqui rated it really liked it
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Based on a BBC Radio 4 series from the 1990's and extended from the original book to cover 1901-2006. This gives a broad view of the history of Britain from a very English perspective. What is refreshing is that it does not just cover the well worn paths of others nor does it apologise for our history as many modern works are tending to do.
A good read for someone who has an interest in learning more about this land of ours.
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It was good even great for the first half of the book but then it got terribly boring for the second half. Once the story got to the 18th century the book got far too detailed... I would still recommend it to someone desiring an easy overview of British history though.
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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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