British History For Dummies: UK Edition

British History For Dummies: UK Edition

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A stirring trip through the essentials of British History. Britain's past brought right up to date. This book is a riotous, irreverent account of the people and events that have shaped Britain. It's a "who, what, when, where and why" that reads like a thriller and a comedy rolled into one. Inside you'll find rip-roaring stories of power-mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire-building and forbidden love - not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips. Discover: Famous and infamous Britons Key royal, military and cultural eras Power in Britain: who lost it, who took it The rise and fall of Britain's global empire History as it connects to Britain todayshow more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 189 x 233.7 x 25.9mm | 870.91g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • Illustrations, maps.
  • 0764570218
  • 9780764570216
  • 2,204,400

About Sean Lang

Sean Lang studied history at Oxford and has been teaching it to school, college and university students for the past twenty years. He has written textbooks on nineteenth and twentieth century history and is co-editor of Modern History Review. He regularly reviews textbooks for the Times Educational Supplement and has written on history teaching for the Council of Europe. He is an active member, and former Honorary Secretary, of the Historical Association. He is currently undertaking research on women in nineteenth-century British India.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: The British Are Coming! Chapter 1: So Much History, So Little Time. Chapter 2: Sticks and Stone Age Stuff. Chapter 3: Woad Rage and Chariots: The Iron Age in Britain. Part II: Everyone Else Is Coming! The Invaders. Chapter 4: Ruled Britannia. Chapter 5: Saxon Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll. Chapter 6: Have Axe, Will Travel: The Vikings. Chapter 7: 1066 and All That Followed. Part III: Who's in Charge Around Here? The Middle Ages. Chapter 8: England Gets an Empire. Chapter 9: A Right Royal Time -- the Medieval Realms of Britain. Chapter 10: Plague, Pox, Poll Tax, and Ploughing -- and Then You Die. Part IV: Rights or Royals? The Tudors and Stuarts. Chapter 11: Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown. Chapter 12: A Burning Issue: The Reformation. Chapter 13: Crown or Commons? Chapter 14: Old Problems, New Ideas. Part V: On the Up: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Chapter 15: Let's Make a Country. Chapter 16: Survival of the Richest: The Industrial Revolution. Chapter 17: Children of the Revolutions. Chapter 18: Putting on My Top Hat -- The Victorians. Chapter 19: The Sun Never Sets -- But It Don't Shine Either. Part VI: Don't Look Down: The Twentieth Century. Chapter 20: The Great War: The End of Innocence -- and Everything Else? Chapter 21: Radio Times. Chapter 22: TV Times. Part VII: The Part of Tens. Chapter 23: Ten Top Turning Points. Chapter 24: Ten Major Documents. Chapter 25: Ten Things the British Have Given the World (Whether the World Wanted Them or Not). Chapter 26: Ten Great British Places to Visit. Chapter 27: Ten Britons Who Should Be Better Known. Index.show more

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"...packed with behind the scenes knowledge..." (Shields Gazette, December 2003) "...The most user-friendly history book around...behind the jokey chapter headings there's a serious amount of information..." (Daily Express, 20 February 2004)show more

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