A Short History Of England [Paperback]
- Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 04 October 2012
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An excellent brief history of England. Jenkins does not offer any startlingly new interpretation of English history but he does write with his customary lucidity, and uses his journalistic experience to ensure that his story is always engaging.I was particularly impressed with his concise and clear recounting of both the Wars of the Roses and then the English Civil War - he recounts both these campaigns with great clarity, explaining the respective interests and motivations with great verve. He is also very strong on the political vacillations of Churchill's career, and on the whole pantheon of nineteenth century political history.All in all a verye njoyable and informative book.
Very readable, short primer on English history. The book is heavily weighted towards modern history- I would have prefered slightly more on pre-15th century history.
A very brief and chatty history of England (not Great Britain, so no Scotland, Ireland, or Wales). Informational, yet doesn't bog you down with dates. Focus was on politics, not monarchy, so after William III the book discusses Parliament and the Prime Ministers with occasional mentions of a monarch. Also, I would have loved some maps, especially in the early centuries and as a non-Brit.
Does what it says on the tin: provides a short history of England. It begins with the departure of the legions and ends with the Cameron-Clegg coalition of 2010. It's very much a history of *England*, not Britain. I like the fact that it mentions such matters as Jamaican immigration.
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