The English and their History
by Robert Tombs
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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In L’ anglais et de leur Histoire, the first feature-length film to appear in a volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people, and how the stories they have told about themselves shaped it, from the prehistory of the “dream times” to the present dayIf a nation is a group of people with a sense of kinship, a political identity and theThey first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common rule and before the country they lived in had a name.They have lasted as long as a recognizable entity since then, and their definition of national institutions dates back to the early years of their history.The English have come a long way since those precarious days of invasion and conquest, with many dramatic changes in fortune.Their political, economic and cultural contacts have left traces for good and bad in the worldThis book describes their history and its meaning from their beginnings in the monasteries of Northumbria and Wessex Wetlands to the cosmopolitan energy city of today’s East England.Robert Tombs draws important threads from threads running throughout history, including a participatory government, language, law, religion, land and sea, and constantly evolving relations with other peoples.Not the least of these connections are the means the English understood their own history, argued on this subject, forgotten, and yet were fashioned by it.These diverse and sometimes contradictory understandings are an integral part of their identity.Rather to their great surprise, as the ties within the United Kingdom loosen, the English suddenly began a new period in their long history.Especially at a time of change, history can help us reflect on the kind of people we are and want to be.This book, the first single of the volume of work on this scale for more than half a century, and which integrates a wealth of these last scholarshi
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