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The Oxford History of Britain

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With over a half-million copies already sold, The Oxford History of Britain is considered the classic single-volume history of the British Isles. Covering two thousand years of British history, the book tells the story of Britain and her peoples from the coming of the Roman legions to the present day. Here ten distinguished contributors including Peter Salway, John Blair, ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published July 28th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1984)
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Feb 17, 2016 Janelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oh dear, I think I'll be staying away from any more Oxford history books after this one. It was incredibly dry and really discussed more of the historical economics than anything else. I finished it, but it was through sheer willpower alone.
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Sep 18, 2015 Jeff Guild rated it liked it
A fair single-volume survey of the history of Britain from Julius Caesar to Queen Elizabeth II, by eminent historians of the various periods, but not an introduction for the newcomer to British history. It assumes that the reader is already familiar with the major names and events. It doesn't so much present the story as discuss it. Especially in the later chapters, from about the Stuarts onward, the work waxes more historiographic than narrative.
There is something for everyone with an interest in British history in this book. I particularly enjoyed the medieval chapters, 'revolution and the rule of law' and 'the liberal age'. Although, I found the roman chapter to be quite dull.

The book has different authors for each chapter, creating a level of specialism and various changes in tone which prevent the reader from getting bored, given that it is a long read.

I think this book would be incredibly useful as an overall introduction to Britis
Sep 16, 2010 Nadine rated it it was ok
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I really haven't really finished this book, but I don't think I will. The first 3 or 4 chapters were very good. They covered the socio-economic (really not my cup of tea) history as well as battles, kings, conquests, etc. It was an enjoyable read up until that point. Then I encountered probably the most boring chapter I've read on Tudor England. And it got worse from there. The chapter on the Stuarts was passable, but barely. It didn't cover much of the change in government which was pretty majo ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
"Not going to church, in a society whose articulate members so strongly advocated the practice, was a protest as well as a sign of indifference."
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May 18, 2014 Румен Монов rated it really liked it
Really informative and a wonderful resource material for people studying something related to the History of Britain.
Nov 16, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Informative but dry... just the facts ma'am.
Sep 23, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it
I finished it! It's a long and informative read, but if you really like Britain, you'll be intrigued by the twists and turns of their history. Some of the chapters were more interesting than the others. Kenneth Morgan's on the modern period was one of the best.
In a word, comprehensive. It can be a bit on the academic side, but one of the best sources for British history available.
Aug 26, 2012 Gaby rated it really liked it
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It was a good book, but in my eyes it concentrated too much on English history.
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Finished what I had to read!
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great book
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Kenneth O. Morgan, Research Professor, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Honorary Fellow, Queen's College, Oxford.
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