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    DescriptionSavage and bloodthirsty, or civilized and peaceable? The Celts have long been a subject of enormous fascination, speculation, and misunderstanding. From the ancient Romans to the present day, their real nature has been obscured by a tangled web of preconceived ideas and stereotypes. Barry Cunliffe seeks to reveal this fascinating people for the first time, using an impressive range of evidence, and exploring subjects such as trade, migration, and the evolution of Celtic traditions. Along the way, he exposes the way in which society's needs have shaped our visions of the Celts, and examines such colourful characters as St Patrick, Cu Chulainn, and Boudica. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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    The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barry Cunliffe
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 110 mm
    Height: 174 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 135 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192804181
    ISBN 10: 0192804189

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
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    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS018000, HIS010000
    DC21: 936.4
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: OCC036010, HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    LC classification: D70
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 936.102, 936.004916
    LC classification: D70 .C88 2003
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones and maps
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    28 August 2003
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    Author Information
    Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. He has excavated widely in Western Europe and is currently working in Spain, Brittany, and Wessex. His research interests have recently focussed especially on the importance of the Atlantic sea routes to European prehistory and history. His books include The Celtic World, The Ancient Celts, Prehistoric Europe, Facing the Ocean, and The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek. He is a Trustee of the British Museum.
    Review quote
    "'It is a brilliant, articulate exposition of one of the most fascinating new ideas in archaeology.'"
    Review text
    One of the latest additions to OUP's 'Very Short Introduction' series, The Celts continues the series' success in producing informative, comprehensive and immensely readable guides to a huge variety of subjects. Each book in this series is written by an acknowledged expert in the field, and Cunliffe is no exception. He has published widely on Celtish history, and one cannot help but be impressed by the depth of knowledge he brings to this book: although his speciality is archaeology, he includes chapters on etymology and cultural history amongst others. Anyone wanting a guide to the mishmash of ideas and culture that is present-day 'celtishness' will not find what they want here - this is a serious but readable look at the historical facts. Cunliffe argues that our ideas of a Celtic heritage encompassing the Irish, Welsh, Scots and Bretons in fact reflect only small facets of a people that existed for many centuries over a geographical area that stretched into Eastern Europe and Spain. Cunliffe begins the book by recounting how he was contacted by an American alcoholic, who said that since reading one of Cunliffe's books he had realized that his alcoholism was attributable to his Scottish roots, and was therefore something to be celebrated! Celtic history is full of controversies, not least because - and Cunliffe is happy to admit this - the evidence for some of the claims he makes is very scarce. To his credit, the author allows that there are interpretations of the evidence other than the ones he suggests. Although some of the detailed historical evidence can become confusing at times for the lay reader, Cunliffe writes clearly and entertainingly. The Celts is to be recommended to anyone who enjoys a bit of cultural iconoclasm, and it serves as a fascinating introduction to a hotly debated part of history. (Kirkus UK)