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An illustrated history of Britain since the Roman occupation, which traces its political, social, economic and cultural development....

Title : The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain
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ISBN : 9780198226840
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 530 Pages
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The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-14 06:52

    British history is one of my weak points, so I'm reading up on it. This book was of varying use as a broad overview of the subject. Each chapter is written by a different author, and they all seem to have been writing to different audiences, such that each chapter assumes a different level of familiarity with the subject matter on the part of the reader. Also, each chapter seems to have a slightly different purpose; some do serve as overviews of the historical period in question, while some seem to be attempting to provide new information to an already-educated reader. Because of this wide variance, several chapters were fascinating, quick reads, while others were confusing slogs that kept referring to events I didn't know anything about.Overall, I'd say this book is a good starting point for the beginning student of British history, but that's more because it provides enough basic information to identify topics of research than because it educates the (uneducated) reader. I really can't guess how someone with more knowledge of the subject matter would feel about it.

  • Janelle
    2019-05-13 04:55

    Oh dear, I think I'll be staying away from any more Oxford history books after this one. It was incredibly dry and really discussed more of the historical economics than anything else. I finished it, but it was through sheer willpower alone.

  • Krasimir
    2019-05-11 02:45

    When I started reading this book I thought it was the right book I was needed. The chapters "Roman Britain"(Peter Salway), "The Anglo-Saxon Period"(John Blair) and "The Early Middle Ages"(John Gillingham) are chronologically exposed, with strong analysis of the historical evidences convincingly leading to the logical conclusions, while at the same time the accompanying financial, economic and political events are clearly explained following the chronological development of the events. They properly finish with short public, economical and political summaries. But the following two chapters - "The later Middle Ages"(Ralph A. Griffiths), and "The Tudor Age"(John Guy) spoil the good impress which the previous chapters has formed. The chaos is everywhere - in the events, in the explanations, finally in all thoughts of the authors of those chapters.Now I am finishing reading of "England under the Tudors"(Arthur D. Innes) to get the possibility to continue reading of this book. When I read the entire book I will complete my review.

  • Barawe
    2019-05-17 04:58

    Pro mě konec na straně 371. Chtěla jsem si udělat jasno v dějinách Británie, přečíst si plynulý sled jejího života. Místo toho tu mám kapitoly od různých autorů kteří jsou pravda vzdělaní a znalí věci, ale co na plat, když kapitoly obsahem nejsou vyvážené a témata místo jasného obrazu vypadají jako moje rozbředlé malůvky. Autoři často podají rozsáhlou zprávu o ekonomické situaci, vývoji soudů či válkách různých politických stran, ale to podle mě není potřeba, pokudže píšete knihu pro širokou veřejnost. Důležité je vykreslit atmosféru daného období, ukázat na největší problémy a přidat postavy, kterých se to týkalo. K tomu se hodí okořenit vyprávění nějakým zajímavým detailem a psát věci co nejprostším jazykem, možná dokonce někde vyjádřit svůj názor, aby člověk měl pocit, že kniha není jen studeným výčtem událostí, ale něčím osobnějším. Když to má tyto prvky, člověk si zapamatuje. Možná ne všechno, možná ne úplně. Takhle je snad lepší, abych se proklikávala wikipedií...

  • Andrea Ratti
    2019-05-13 07:00

    Libro sulla storia dell'Inghilterra, scritto da più autori, uno per macro periodo storico. Non sono un esperto di storia inglese, ed effettivamente il testo è abbastanza indigesto. Ad esempio, viene dato per scontato il fatto che il lettore sia a conoscenza delle dinastie che si sono susseguite alla guida dell'Inghilterra, senza riportare un albero genealogico o per lo meno un elenco dei nomi dei regnanti in ordine cronologico. Per i non esperti è davvero impegnativo. In aggiunta, per avere un manuale compatto, molti eventi vengono solo accennati e non approfonditi.In generale, sebbene i diversi autori adottino approcci diversi, il punto di vista della trattazione storica è quasi sempre economico-politica. I capitoli dedicati alla Britannia Romana e ai Normanni affrontano in maniera seria il problema della mancanza di fonti storiche.Testo assolutamente da consultazione, da affrontarsi avendo a disposizione un elenco dei regnanti in ordine cronologico.

  • Anne Cupero
    2019-04-30 03:58

    I wanted to really get a lot out of this book, as it was one of my first in terms of "learning about British history" but it already presupposed a lot of knowledge about Britain. The illustrations needed to be more pervasive, and there needed to be some balance between social history and monarchical history. I am now moving on to the Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy and I am liking it better because it sticks purely with its defined subject matter.

  • Jason Wexler
    2019-04-29 04:48

    The information is good but the last three chapters are very dry by comparison. As another reviewer pointed out the chronology is disjointed as well which makes it a bit of a slog.

  • Laura
    2019-05-20 23:39

    Had to read partly for a university course - very informative!

  • Andrea Wall
    2019-05-04 02:45

    A long, slow read, but thorough and comprehensive. A nice overview that surprisingly never bored me or lost me on long explanations.

  • Tex-49
    2019-05-07 05:42

    Ho letto l'inizio fino all'VIII secolo, in parallelo con la saga dei Re Sassoni di Bernard Cornwell, lo riprenderò in futuro!Pagine lette finora: 98

  • Anna
    2019-04-30 06:36

    There is something for everyone with an interest in British history in this book. I particularly enjoyed the medieval chapters, 'revolution and the rule of law' and 'the liberal age'. Although, I found the roman chapter to be quite dull.The book has different authors for each chapter, creating a level of specialism and various changes in tone which prevent the reader from getting bored, given that it is a long read.I think this book would be incredibly useful as an overall introduction to British history and would certainly revisit chapters to refresh myself on periods.Whilst this book certainly is scholarly, it is highly readable and not particularly dry. Although some topics are glossed over for example, Richard I's reign is discussed in around a page, this is to be expected as it covers such a vast period of history.Overall, a very worthwhile read.

  • Nadine
    2019-05-17 03:59

    I really haven't really finished this book, but I don't think I will. The first 3 or 4 chapters were very good. They covered the socio-economic (really not my cup of tea) history as well as battles, kings, conquests, etc. It was an enjoyable read up until that point. Then I encountered probably the most boring chapter I've read on Tudor England. And it got worse from there. The chapter on the Stuarts was passable, but barely. It didn't cover much of the change in government which was pretty major. After that it just flat out became socio-economic-political history. Needless to say I started skipping whole pages. When I got to the chapter on the 20th century it just didn't seem worth it to even finish.

  • Nathan Hetrick
    2019-05-16 23:40

    I read this book in order to better understand British history, as I consider it one of my weak areas. This is written as a college textbook, with a different author for each period of history. The writing was a bit uneven (some chapters were more interesting than others), but I cannot really judge on the accuracy overall of the content. A good primer that takes some commitment to read through the entire book.

  • Gail
    2019-05-17 00:39

    This is very detailed, but not that well written. It assumes background knowledge and is often difficult to figure out who or what is being referred to. Aside from that it does give a lot of detailed info for the the time of the Tudors that I've been exploring. Will re-read parts of that section, now that I've read "The Other Boleyn Girl" which was terrific. Took back to the library. Not a book to read in entirety.

  • Jeff Guild
    2019-04-27 23:53

    A fair single-volume survey of the history of Britain from Julius Caesar to Queen Elizabeth II, by eminent historians of the various periods, but not an introduction for the newcomer to British history. It assumes that the reader is already familiar with the major names and events. It doesn't so much present the story as discuss it. Especially in the later chapters, from about the Stuarts onward, the work waxes more historiographic than narrative.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-30 00:56

    A lot of knowledge - not always arranged in the clearest fashion (and more importantly, differently arranged between chapters so you never really get the hang of it). Nice pictures. But I did really like the Anglo-Saxon chapter (and I'm not even that into Anglo-Saxons!).

  • Nick Patalong
    2019-05-11 00:55

    I'm not really sure if this publication would suit a non-British reader who did not have any in-depth British history course at school - I pretty much liked some parts of the book and learnt quite a bit from it, but it's still generally targeted at British readers.

  • Komadori
    2019-05-22 02:39

    The introduction says a lot about this book; it makes much ado about the idea of there being a supposed uniqueness to the British people, and that they aim to discover the source of that uniqueness. Take that as you will.

  • Tiger Lily
    2019-05-25 01:33

    I'd say this is 'OK'. It really is nothing spectacular. Every time I've tried to look up something it hasn't helped me much. It contains too little information on each topic and especially on specific characters in the history of Britain. A bit of a let down, really.

  • Tom
    2019-05-27 03:01

    I finished it! It's a long and informative read, but if you really like Britain, you'll be intrigued by the twists and turns of their history. Some of the chapters were more interesting than the others. Kenneth Morgan's on the modern period was one of the best.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-04 04:47

    "Not going to church, in a society whose articulate members so strongly advocated the practice, was a protest as well as a sign of indifference."

  • Monica
    2019-05-09 01:36

    great book

  • Jarnulf
    2019-05-16 05:41

    In a word, comprehensive. It can be a bit on the academic side, but one of the best sources for British history available.

  • Kathleen C.
    2019-05-12 00:45

    Finished what I had to read!

  • Ian
    2019-05-05 23:55

    An excellent place to start for anyone interested in getting a basic grip on English history

  • Ruth
    2019-05-24 04:52

    c1984. Surprisingly readable with some handy family trees and dates. Lovely illustrations. Great as a reference book to understand why things happened as opposed to when they happened.

  • Mills College Library
    2019-05-15 23:55

    941 O984 2010

  • Al
    2019-05-27 04:51

    Most histories of Britain are not listed in chapters, they are described in terms of volumes or even in terms of shelf space. This was just what I was looking for, a quick and easy overview.

  • Румен
    2019-04-29 01:43

    Really informative and a wonderful resource material for people studying something related to the History of Britain.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-30 00:43

    *should* have read it in College like a good student. Blame the car accident.