The English and their History

The English and their History Robert Tombs momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world The English first
  • Title: The English and their History
  • Author: Robert Tombs James Langton
  • ISBN: 01826
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Audiobook
  • The English and their History
    Robert Tombs momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world The English 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, anRobert Tombs momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world The English 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 first 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 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 2014 Robert Tombs P 2016 Tantor
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  • This is a spritely survey text I admit that sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it is so Granted, the book becomes something of a slog around the Middle Ages But as a wise old historian once said to me, It s hard to make the Middle Ages sing So I give the author a pass there I m sure I knew most of this stuff thirty years ago, but with disuse it has fled from my memory This is a stylish refresher I was in thrall to the early Roman narrative with its Celts already on site, its Angles and Sa [...]



  • I guess there are different sort of shapes that a historical overview can take There s an ice core shape, where historical epochs are divided into roughly equal sections and given roughly equal attention That s maybe common in a big multi author or multi volume venture There s a string bean shape where you pick out a few periods and massively inflate them There s a wedge shape, with emphasis on the distant past, narrowing as we get closer to the present This book is wedge shaped, with the thic [...]


  • I can recommend this as about the best recent general history of England in one quite heavy volume His judgements are well founded if on occasions perhaps outwith what has been a consensus.


  • At around 900 pages this book is a weighty tome, but despite its length it is well written and accessible to general reader Worth saying at this point that I have a degree in History Economics, but I learned a lot from the broad sweep and ambition of this book that joins the dots of much of English history However, the disadvantages of this approach become increasingly evident as the book progresses When it got to periods of history that I knew well and have studied it became clear that the narr [...]


  • This book is a massive history of the English, written by an English expert on France, Robert Tombs Somehow, against the odds, it manages to be sprightly, interesting, and, most of all, generally upbeat about the past, present, and future of England Tombs rejects the idea of Whig history, not because English progress does not exist, but because the past was rarely as bad as we often think, making any progress less dramatic than it may appear He offers rational, yet clear eyed, hope for a bright [...]


  • I ve got no idea how to rate something like this First of all, obviously, it isn t for me That doesn t mean it isn t worth reading, or that I couldn t understand it, but the title says it all The English and Their History To receive the full impact of a book like this, I think I d have to have been raised in England, to have an insider s knowledge not just of history and how it is taught, but also how that history has effected everything around me, from culture to religion to the economy, and to [...]


  • Robert Tombs s 2014 tome The English and their History weighs in at a hefty 1,000 pages, about 300 of which are notes and appendices The book is subtly titled to convey it s two goals first, to describe what it is to be English, that is, what myths, social memories, and events define Englishness Second, to detail the historical events that define England s development as a nation Thus, it is about both The English and about the English nation His attention is directed to England proper Ireland, [...]


  • I read this as a sort of antidote to the recent Hitler bio which was excellent, by the way, but somewhat depressing There s something uplifting about this book, and the English people, too They re Hitler proof, in a way This book is well written but pretty massive, taking in just about all of English history, and at the same time, in parallel, following the history of what the English thought about themselves Full of fascinating facts Here are two Elizabeth I had horrible teeth, her smile black [...]



  • This tome spans 900 pages and covers 1000 years of English history.There is incontravertibly too much English history to be covered in ten volumes let alone one Tombs succeeds in part by choosing which historical events to emphasize.I feel that the chapters he wrote on the Reformation, Revolution English Civil War , Dickensian England, WW1, and Storm and Stress covering Margaret Thatcher are all impeccably researched and highly informative.It should be noted that his history largely focuses on t [...]


  • A timely read in the thick of Brexit.In the English and their History , Professor Tombs narrates historic events over 2000 years with arresting details and gives perspective to current affairs.There is one abiding enigma throughout the book what is English For Tombs, the concept of the English went all the way back before their Norman conquerors It was enriched throughout the tumult of the Reformation, the agonies of Industrial Revolution, under the wrath of Napoleon and Hilter and so on Thus, t [...]


  • I m not nearly enough of an expert to be able to properly review this book, but it seems to me that Tombs does an admirable job of compressing over a thousand years of history into an interesting a digestible book It is interesting how much of politics come through I tend to disagree with him on some of his interpretations of very recent events, and it makes me wonder how much I d disagree with his interpretation of the older events if I were to study them in detail.


  • There are so many English people in this book, it s disgusting See, if I were writing a history of the English, I d spice it it up a bit After the Battle of Hastings I d say, we re going to delay Norman integration and talk about my high score in pinball last night or, What s their to say about Agincore, that couldn t be summed up in a short discussion of Radiohead s music video of Lotus Flower I liked York s dancing but it seems nobody else did And lots of stuff like that Anyway, the thing abou [...]


  • My blog allthebookblognamesaretaken.blfacebook AllTheBookBlitter SarahsBookNookThis book is exhausting So exhausting, in fact, that I am not even sure I can review it properly I have read than my fair share of books One might say reading is my thing I am especially fond of that little island now called England and its amazing history, going way back to the Iron Age people, through Roman Britain, the Anglo Saxons, the Normans, the Plantagenets, and the Tudors Beyond that, my interest starts to w [...]


  • Robert Tombs has written what will likely become the standard history of the English people, at least for the next decade or so From Cro Magnons to UKIP and everything in between, Tombs has produced an exhaustive, well research, and immensely readable book on probably the most studied people in history.England and the English are the subjects of his work, not Britain and not the British Empire, although given England s dominance of the Union and Commonwealth, it is difficult always to separate t [...]


  • What a triumph I found myself mesmerized by this vivid, information packed, analytical narrative of fourteen centuries of history of a great nation From the origin of the ancient institutions of church and English language to the Norman Invasion, to the largely religious in origin tumult of reformation and civil war, to the pride filled yet fraught expansion of empire, to the existential threats of Napoleon and two world wars, to the modern welfare state and multiculturalism, this book covered a [...]


  • Over the course of 900 pages, Cambridge historian Robert Tombs lays out the stunning history of a people, the English, who have had an outsize effect on the world From pre history to 2014 A.D Tombs tells a succession of gripping stories that will entrap experts and amateurs alike.If Tombs sprawling book has a theme, it is the upending of revisionist theories of English history Neo revisionism, I suppose you could call it A typical passage might state that, on the whole, England bore no responsi [...]


  • This is the sort of book for which the word magisterial is invented, both in the sense of masterful and, occasionally, that of imperious Covering over a thousand plus years of a nation s history in one book is always going to be a fairly monumental undertaking, and Tombs doesn t make it any easier on himself by defining his topic somewhat expansively both by including people who might think of themselves as English in various parts of the world and by having alongside his own historical narrativ [...]


  • I finally finished this book and I am thoroughly smitten Robert Tombs has written what people like to call a magisterial history of England, starting with a few pages about pre England what he refers to as dreamtime England before it was known as England and then taking up the story in detail from about 600 AD onwards He covers all the major events, manages to add interesting and enlightening anecdotes at every point, demolishes many myths and misconceptions, and yet does not sound polemical or [...]



  • I was looking for an overview of English History mainly with a view to identify the areas that I would like to dive into deeper.This book ticked all the boxes.It takes a lot to make an 890 page history book entertaining but Robert Tombs manages it, seemingly easily There s about 40 pages worth of reference material that he used The man has a brain the size of a planet but wears it lightly.Its weighted to recent history half way through the book, we are at 1815, where considerable time is subseq [...]


  • An excellent survey history of England, starting after the Romans and ending in the present day What this really drove home for me was how much we owe to the English not just America, but the whole world at this point Almost every parliamentary democracy is inspired by the English system, almost every system of law is inspired by the English system even if it doesn t use common law , and even our ideas of freedom of speech and liberty often derive from the English example.Tombs also makes the cl [...]


  • Don t be intimidated by its length this is an entertaining history that breezes right along In length, scope, depth, and even tone to some degree The English and Their History reminds me of Susan Wise Bauer s series of world history books, which I read last year These books don t tend to interrogate conventions or present challenging concepts or the in depth analysis that I expect from Barbara Tuchman, EP Thompson or Rebecca West But these Very Long Histories are still serious and well researche [...]


  • More like 3.5 stars This exhaustive survey of English history is well written and mostly interesting I learned a good amount about the middle ages in the British Isles and also got perspective on English imperialism and the politics behind the divisions of the British Isles and Ireland I didn t always follow in audiobook form exactly how the information was broken down into chapters, which led me to feel than once like he was covering the same material in multiple chapters This might make sen [...]


  • Dense So, so dense but informative It s a lot to digest and moves quickly from century to century and so it is easy to get lost RECOMMENDED for those who need to know.


  • I wanted to read up and relearn some English history before touring the island this summer The book has a lot going for it it is well researched and overflows with facts of and about England and English history I really enjoyed Tombs coverage of medieval ages up to and including the seventeenth century But then things start to fall apart and Tombs own opinions and biases take center stage At times he does make a reasonable case for his Tory and monarchist points of view but to present those idea [...]


  • Being very generous here as a lot of effort must have gone into the writing of this highly traditional, almost imperial view of the English history Could have been perfect to keep the colonials in their place if taught in their schools back in in Victoria s time Some outrageous claims England s prosperity was due to the expansion of its domestic market not expansion into the colonies England was the sole force of goodness during the long struggle for the abolition of slavery Nationalised industr [...]


  • I only read the first half or so of this book because I only care about English British history before the Georges , so this is a review for that When I started this, I was quite impressed with the quality of the writing Some history books can be so dry, and this book is huge, so it could very well be extremely boring But it wasn t at all It was readable, interesting, smart, and filled with details others may have left out.My one complaint, which was addressed by the author in the introduction, [...]


  • What does a ten ton gorilla of a history book talk about ANYTHING IT WANTS TO.Make no mistake about this, this is a monster Robert Tombs takes on all of English history over nine hundred pages, apologizing because he skims the first thousand years in the first three hundred pages The details of names and dates can get a little numbing at times, but the chapters on everyday life during different periods are fascinating Like any good Englishman, Tombs comes to the conclusion that England has been [...]


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