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British History for Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-68706-2
444 pages
September 2009
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Bestseller! Now with extended coverage of modern 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. Always get those kings and queens confused? Never sure what happened when? You need this book. 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.

Praise for British History For Dummies

"It puts the history of Britain into the sort of perspective I've always hoped for."
—Terry Jones, Monty Python star and co-author of Who Murdered Chaucer?

"Honestly—you can't beat British History For Dummies."
—Bernard Cornwell, author of the Sharpe novels

Discover how to

  • 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 today
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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 a??na?? Roll.

Chapter 6: Have Axe, Will Travel: The Vikings.

Chapter 7: 1066 and All That Followed.

Part III: Whoa??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 a?? 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: Leta??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 a?? but It Dona??t Shine Either.

Part VI: Dona??t Look Down: The Twentieth Century.

Chapter 20: The Great War: The End of Innocence a?? and Everything Else?

Chapter 21: Radio Times.

Chapter 22: TV Times.

Chapter 23: Interesting Times.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Top Turning Points.

Chapter 25: Ten Major Documents.

Chapter 26: Ten Things the British Have Given the World (Whether the World Wanted Them or Not).

Chapter 27: Ten Great British Places to Visit.

Chapter 28: Ten Britons Who Should Be Better Known.

Index.

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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. Sean regularly reviews textbooks for the Times Educational Supplement and has written on history teaching for the Council of Europe. He is a Research Fellow in History at Anglia Ruskin University and Honorary Secretary of the Historical Association, and is currently undertaking research on women in nineteenth-century British India.
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