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Title:A Short History of England
Authors:Simon Jenkins
Info:Profile Books (2012), Paperback, 352 pages
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A Short History of England: The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation by Simon Jenkins

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An entertaining, idiosyncratic and sometimes infuriatingly opinionated romp through the events, ideas and personalities in English history since the Dark Ages. For me the most interesting things were the asides on how historical events have enriched the language, and inevitably much of the subject matter was already familiar. ( )
  bodachliath | Nov 11, 2014 |
In the final summary Jenkins writes "The message of history is that nations evolve most successfully when any change, social, economic or political, surges up from below". This appraisal may be opportune, but the below that effected such change for England is left in the shadows in this work for the benefit of the history, sometimes the gossip, of the prominent historical figures. In spite of this, the book was an enjoyable read for me and provided motivation for a more in-depth approach to English history. ( )
  alv | Mar 30, 2014 |
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. ( )
  lewissmith4 | Jul 15, 2013 |
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. ( )
  Bodagirl | Feb 28, 2013 |
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. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Oct 31, 2012 |
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A broad, accessible history for those readers not well versed in English history.
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From the Battle of Catterick (AD 598) to the premiership of Tony Blair, one of Britain's most respected journalists, Simon Jenkins, weaves together a strong narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in a book that characteristically is as stylish as it is authoritative.… (more)

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