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The English : The Peoples of Europe - Geoffrey Elton

The English

The Peoples of Europe

Paperback Published: 2nd January 1995
ISBN: 9780631196068
Number Of Pages: 264

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During the fifth century following the withdrawal of the Roman military establishment from England, the armed incursions of the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and others of the Barbarian tribes from across the North Sea increased, and soon became a surge. After a relatively short time the subjugation of the British was complete and England a patchwork of warring domains and isolated settlements. Yet within the space of two centuries the English (as the tribes may collectively be called) had achieved a sense of themselves that may fairly be described as nationhood. It is the evolution of this sense and of the distinctive characteristics of England and the English that gave it form and substance which Geoffrey Elton traces through twelve centuries. The result is the first one-volume history of the English nation from its origins to the present for over twenty years: it is a tour de force.

Industry Reviews

"This book will surely be recognised as the best single-volume concise history of England - lively, authoritative, and yet personal and humane. Only Elton could have written it." Michael Clanchy

"This work is thoughtful, witty, and graceful in style, a marvel of compression ... Elton argues forcefully that the English formed, and were formed by, a unique reconciliation of individual freedom with monarchically supervised order. Like Joseph Strayer's on The Medieval Origins of the Modern State (1986), this splendid work is a brief distillation of a lifetime of thoughtful scholarship and deep reflection." Choice

"Anyone may enjoy this book." The Times

"A study that is both authoritative and individualistic, showing a full awareness but not a full acceptance of recent research." Teaching History

List of Plates.

List of Figures.



1. The Emergence of England.

2. Communitas Anglie.

3. The First English Empire.

4. From Cromwell to Cromwell.

5. The Long Eighteenth Century.

6. The Great Climacteric.

Further Reading.


ISBN: 9780631196068
ISBN-10: 0631196064
Series: The Peoples of Europe
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 2nd January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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