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The Shortest History of England

Empire and Division from the Anglo-Saxons to Brexit

By James Hawes

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Published By
The Experiment
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Number Of Pages
288
Publication Date
March 29, 2022
ISBN
9781615198146

The Shortest History of England

Empire and Division from the Anglo-Saxons to Brexit

By James Hawes

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A fast-paced tour of 2,000 years of English history, tracing its secret north–south divide and notorious class system

James Hawes reveals an England repeatedly invaded and constantly reinvented, yet always fractured by its very own Mason–Dixon line—plus a unique, thousand-year-old cultural divide between ordinary people and the elites. Here, you’ll see:
  • centuries of conflict between Crown and Parliament, starring the Magna Carta
  • why the American colonists of 1776 believed that they were the true Anglo-Saxons
  • how the British Empire was undermined from within
  • why Winston Churchill said the UK could only be saved by splitting up England itself
The Shortest History of England brings all this and more to prescient life with 150 maps and pictures.

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Acclaim from the UK
 
“James Hawes’s view of English history is sharp and vivid and extremely persuasive.”—Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy
 
“No one writes history as well as James Hawes or uses the past to make sense of the present so skillfully. This is an urgent and electrifying work that takes you to the heart of England’s sickness. Do yourself a favor and read it.”—Nick Cohen, journalist for The Observer
 
“A thorough and absorbing investigation of the English story . . . Perhaps [Hawes’s] greatest skill is in how he brings the story right up to date, able to step back from the current madness with admirable clarity to separate wood and trees in a way most of us would find impossible.”—The New European

“Brilliant insights on every page, and the multiple entry points and clever use of graphics bestows an easy-to-read, magazine-y feel. Favorite thing I learnt: the Anglo-Saxon warrior elite departed en masse about 1076 to fight for the Byzantine Empire, and founded a New England in the Crimea. And yes, I read it in a day.”Book Brunch


Praise for The Shortest History of Germany

A #1 International Bestseller
Der Spiegel "Most Provoking Book of the Year"

“A rapid-paced, thought-provoking, easy-to-digest account of German history.”—Library Journal

“A fast-moving encapsulation of German history focusing on the thesis that Prussia’s aggression was a short-lived anomaly in the big picture and not reflective of the true German spirit . . . A marvelously concise effort, especially compelling as Angela Merkel is set to step down in 2021, leaving an uncertain vacuum in Europe.”Kirkus Reviews

“In this ‘shortest history,’ Hawes conquers the dense task of recounting the story of the land and people of what is now Germany over the last two millennia . . . [He] does a good job guiding readers . . . pointing out parallels to today and arguing that Germany’s history, long-ago and recent, makes it a key, if not the key, player in world leadership.”—Booklist

“James Hawes condenses two millennia into a zippy 256 pages. Breezy yet knowledgeable, the book provides a thorough grounding in the major historical events and religious and regional differences that shaped the country at the very heart of Europe.”Foreword Reviews

“With this pocket-size history, Hawes delivers a wide-ranging yet precise chronicle of political leaders who have served and shaped what is now Germany. . . . This clearly presented history will be of particular interest to readers following the political machinations of the European Union.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product details

Published By
The Experiment
Categories
Number Of Pages
288
Publication Date
March 29, 2022
ISBN
9781615198146

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