The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343
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The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343

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The future of the United Kingdom is an increasingly open question. This book traces the issue's roots to the Middle Ages, when English power and control came to extend to the whole of the British Isles. By 1300 it looked as if Edward I was in control of virtually the whole of the British Isles. Ireland, Scotland, and Wales had, in different degrees, been subjugated to his...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 11th 2002 by OUP Oxford (first published October 5th 2000)
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Lauren Albert
I found this an excellent look at the formation of the "first English empire." Davies is very good at convincing that, "In fact there was--and is--no finality or irreversibility about the countries we have come to know as England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland." 63 The same could be said for the "empire" as a whole.

One of the things I found interesting was how economic and social differences became "ethnic" differences and then cause for discrimination. In the end, a powerful sense of "English"...more
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