32nd out of 65 books — 11 voters
The Oxford History of Britain
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 January 1st 1988)
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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
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.
Kenneth O. Morgan, Research Professor, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Honorary Fellow, Queen's College, Oxford.More about Kenneth O. Morgan...