This is a new edition of Hugh Kearney's classic account of the British Isles from pre-Roman times to the present. When this book was first published it was acclaimed as a unique account of British history, distinguished by its treatment of English history as part of a wider 'history of four nations'. Acknowledging the significance of England, it attempts to deal with the hThis is a new edition of Hugh Kearney's classic account of the British Isles from pre-Roman times to the present. When this book was first published it was acclaimed as a unique account of British history, distinguished by its treatment of English history as part of a wider 'history of four nations'. Acknowledging the significance of England, it attempts to deal with the histories of Wales, Ireland and Scotland in their own terms, while recognising that they too have political, religious and cultural divides. In this new edition the author takes into account the recent historiographical renaissances in Wales, Ireland and Scotland and examines the rise of a new multi-ethnic Britain and its implications for 'four-nations' history. This book offers a valuable case-study of the complexities which lie behind nationhood in Europe and will be essential reading for all students of British and Irish history....
|Title||:||The British Isles: A History of Four Nations|
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The British Isles: A History of Four Nations Reviews
Certainly a bit dated - considering it was published back in 1989, and so the premise of inter-related histories may have seemed a fresh and notable idea back then. Of course this also may be reflective of the English state of mind as well in not aligning English history relative to the interactions of the 4 nations. As it stands it is a good thesis and provides ample info to confirm the idea of the interacted histories of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, but surely one needs to be pretty aware of the histories in themselves as the author whisks through nearly a thousand years in 216 pages! Ofttimes casually, and all to briefly, discussing personages and events in an assumed manner. This is its primary downfall - not all of us are as versed and while I have read my share of English/Celtic histories it still became a real trial getting through certain sections, where the names and places were flying across the pages. A sentence alone might encompass what should be an entire book! - However that being said this book serves as a good introduction and review of the related histories of the British Isles and as long as one keeps that in mind it will serve as a stepping stone to other more elaborate works.
Prof. Kearney's book takes to task the modern notion that we need to study history through the lense of the nation-state. Instead, he looks at the British Isles as a kind of organic whole -- not a homogenous or static whole, to be certain, but a geographically distinct region sharing cultural and ethnic ties. A useful and interesting work.