To Gerlinde whose contribution to this book is inestimable And to Alexander and Maxwell
Traces of early humans in Britain go back 400,000 years.
This respect for individuality may not have served them well in fighting Rome's single-minded legions, but it represented an early consciousnesses of human rights that has only recently become fashionable in democratic nations of the modern world.
Did you know that chain armor, horseshoes, and the iron ploughshare were invented by the Celts? That western Europe's first great philosophical work was written by an Irish monk? Or that the White House was designed and built by a man of Celtic descent? Never before has there been such an abundance of information - much hitherto obscure - about this remarkable people. Spanning history and traversing continents from 1,000 BC to the present, Who Were The Celts? documents the long reach and complex struggles of the Celts. It also details the achievements of their many-faceted culture, whose influenced has been felt in art, literature, music, science and technology, warfare, and politics.
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"This concise 3,000-year history of the Celts is packed with facts never before assembled together in a single volume. Much of this information cannot be found even in previous books written about the Celts. While of obvious interest to the 40 million Americans of Irish ancestry, it will also fascinate many who identify with the Scottish, the Welsh and the English. Britain was once a Celtic island and, along with Scotland and Wales, is still part Celtic... With its succinct style and a minimum of jargon, this work is intended to appeal to a general readership. Its original presentation and the gems it contains make it a timeless reference work, different from any other book ever published on the Celts."--from the backcover… (more)