The English and their History by Robert Tombs only 99p for Kindle
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The English and their History by Robert Tombs only 99p for Kindle

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Found 23rd Jan
This has popped up on Amazon's 'Deal of the Day', and, as a history buff, it has piqued my interest, particularly as it's a mere 99p, and is some 875 pages long. It seems to cover a lot of history, and there's some really good reviews for it.

Here's the guff from Amazon:

"In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people, and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day

If a nation is a group of people with a sense of kinship, a political identity and representative institutions, then the English have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. They first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history.

The English have come a long way from those precarious days of invasion and conquest, with many spectacular changes of fortune. Their political, economic and cultural contacts have left traces for good and ill across the world. This book describes their history and its meanings from their beginnings in the monasteries of Northumbria and the wetlands of Wessex to the cosmopolitan energy of today's England. Robert Tombs draws out important threads running through the story, including participatory government, language, law, religion, the land and the sea, and ever-changing relations with other peoples. Not the least of these connections are the ways the English have understood their own history, have argued about it, forgotten it, and yet been shaped by it. These diverse and sometimes conflicting understandings are an inherent part of their identity.

Rather to their surprise, as ties within the United Kingdom loosen, the English are suddenly beginning a new period in their long history. Especially at times of change, history can help us to think about the sort of people we are and wish to be. This book, the first single-volume work on this scale for more than half a century, and which incorporates a wealth of recent scholarship, presents a challenging modern account of this immense and continuing story, bringing out the strength and resilience of English government, the deep patterns of division, and yet also the persistent capacity to come together in the face of danger.

ROBERT TOMBS is Professor of French History at Cambridge University and a Fellow of St John's College. His book That Sweet Enemy: the French and the British from the Sun King to the Present, co-written with his wife Isabelle, was published in 2006."
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Amazing to see the Britain First & UKIP comments, suggesting anything to do with England or the English is in someway racist or to be frowned upon. Utterly strange than one nation has become the poster child for racism and intolerance, when it's ironically more welcoming and open than most, regardless of what the far-left suggest.
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Thanx, HEAT
French - bleakers - Cetlics - romans - romans - germans - vikings - vikings - and now the americans.

Yep very english indeed!
Cold, get a free copy of it in ya UKIP joining package
Excellent spot. Thanks OP
Written by a Professor of French History
Zuulan8 m ago

Written by a Professor of French History



Might just be slightly skewed then
Edited by: "jasee" 23rd Jan
buliztik22 m ago

Cold, get a free copy of it in ya UKIP joining package


Link or you are just a troll
Thanks OP
Britain first were promoting this.
boss9119996 m ago

Britain first were promoting this.


Ah no way...

I just saw a history book popping up on my Amazon page and figured I'd share it.

A while ago there was a Kindle book deal called 'A History of Modern Britain' by Andrew Marr, I thought that this might be more of the same...
Edited by: "ReviewChimp" 23rd Jan
ReviewChimp1 h, 1 m ago

Ah no way... I just saw a history book popping up on my Amazon page …Ah no way... I just saw a history book popping up on my Amazon page and figured I'd share it.A while ago there was a Kindle book deal called 'A History of Modern Britain' by Andrew Marr, I thought that this might be more of the same...



I read this a year or two ago, and it really is an excellent survey of English history. It’s received excellent reviews across the political spectrum, see The Telegraph’s and The Guardian’s review as examples:
telegraph.co.uk/cul…tml

theguardian.com/boo…nce

It covers a large period in a single book, so it inevitably doesn’t delve deeply into any one event, but this really is the only drawback.

Don’t be put off by the endorsement of Britain First. Even bigots get things right occasionally. It would be a shame if people missed out simply because of that.
Amazing to see the Britain First & UKIP comments, suggesting anything to do with England or the English is in someway racist or to be frowned upon. Utterly strange than one nation has become the poster child for racism and intolerance, when it's ironically more welcoming and open than most, regardless of what the far-left suggest.
If they did promote it, it's probably because it has the word English in it, like the promote mustard. It's an excellent history of England, well worth reading.
I'm currently halfway through the paperback version. Ignore any disparaging comments from narrow minded folk who haven't actually read it. For me, this book is an excellent account of how we came to be the nation we are. As said before, it doesn't delve too deeply into any era, but is still informative enough to be an exceptionally good read.
SalfordCityRed2 h, 28 m ago

Amazing to see the Britain First & UKIP comments, suggesting anything to …Amazing to see the Britain First & UKIP comments, suggesting anything to do with England or the English is in someway racist or to be frowned upon. Utterly strange than one nation has become the poster child for racism and intolerance, when it's ironically more welcoming and open than most, regardless of what the far-left suggest.



Great shout.
burmingum6 h, 45 m ago

French - bleakers - Cetlics - romans - romans - germans - vikings - …French - bleakers - Cetlics - romans - romans - germans - vikings - vikings - and now the americans. Yep very english indeed!



Like every country in the world you mean ? You're listening too much to politically correct parasites. At least countries WORTH "invading"
Edited by: "PhilK" 23rd Jan
SalfordCityRed3 h, 0 m ago

Amazing to see the Britain First & UKIP comments, suggesting anything to …Amazing to see the Britain First & UKIP comments, suggesting anything to do with England or the English is in someway racist or to be frowned upon. Utterly strange than one nation has become the poster child for racism and intolerance, when it's ironically more welcoming and open than most, regardless of what the far-left suggest.


Those that sneer and act like that (like a certain type of ....shall we say LATTER uninvited invader also commenting above) are everything they accuse UKIP of being and far FAR worse
Will this help me pass "Life in the UK test" ?
PhilK1 h, 21 m ago

Like every country in the world you mean ? You're listening too much to …Like every country in the world you mean ? You're listening too much to politically correct parasites. At least countries WORTH "invading"


Hahah I am English whatever the kippers and PDL say.
burmingum25 m ago

Hahah I am English whatever the kippers and PDL say.


I don't have much problem in people being proud to call themselves English but you don't exactly come across like that - more like wearing a badge that says "English" for convenience to gain access to things English. But theres plenty who's lineage is for thousands of years who are every bit as bad
Well if the kippers and PDL let them be proud of being English they will. I work all over Europe and as soon as I open my mouth I get "ah youre English - why do you English blah blah blah" and I stick up for my country and do my bit out in their countries. But when I get back here - "get out of my country" "go home" - I reply I am home moron.
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