History is about people, and this outstanding book explores the everyday lives of people of all kinds across the centuries: both the ordinary people, who are the life blood of a nation, and the extraordinary rulers, reformers, rebels, thinkers, scientists and artists who have been the pioneers of change. In compelling narrative, this book charts the great moments of social change, of discovery and invention, from the earliest settlers to the present day. A revised final chapter brings the story right up to date.
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Kenneth O. Morgan is a Prinicipal, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. John Gillingham taught history at the London School of Economics, University of London, from 1965 to 1998.Review:
`a glorious book for readers of any age.
`A comprehensive history of Britain and Ireland that brings to life the people, places, and events of the past, through half a million years from Boudica to Thatcher, Stonehenge to North Sea oil, in one beautifully illustrated volume.
`an asset to all those with history homework but also a beautifully produced reference book for the whole family
`The scope of this book is as comprehensive as its title suggests, with the histories of Scotland, Wales and Ireland skilfully interwoven... a handsome, readable book which deserves a glowing recommendation.
Times Educational Supplement
`It is remarkably well pitched... a splendidly wide-ranging book
`This comprehensive, authoritative and very readable guide to our islands' history, in one beautifully illustrated volume, rewards both the general reader as well as providing pupils with access to an excellent reference book... for pupils looking for a concise British history to aid them in
their investigations, every school should have at least one copy of this British history.
History Teaching Review
`This is a super book and valid for every library. It will become a well-used resource for teachers, but especially for children whose thirst for information about our historical past needs constant quenching.
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