By Eugenio F. Biagini
Citizenship and neighborhood explores the hyperlinks between liberalism, social democracy and nationalism in the framework of conventional republican beliefs of "civic advantage" and energetic citizenship. It examines a variety of "currents of radicalism" in Britain and eire, from Victorian complicated liberals to Irish and Welsh socialists within the Nineteen Twenties. The book's robust comparative emphasis focuses consciousness at the areas of england, revealing how diversified types of collective identification interacted in renowned attitudes to political and social debates.
By Susan Brigden
No interval in British heritage this present day keeps extra resonance and secret than the 16th century. The prime figures of the time became nearly legendary, and the terrors and grandeurs of Tudor Britain have resonance with even the least traditionally minded readers. specifically Brigden sees the major to the Tudor global as faith - the hot global of Protestantism and its conflict with the the outdated global of uniform Catholicism. This nice spiritual lease within the cloth of English society underlies the savage violence and turbulence of the interval - from Henry VIII's holiday with Rome to the overpowering chance of the Spanish Armada. 'New Worlds, misplaced Worlds': is a startlingly atmospheric journey de strength.
By Michael Asher
The British crusade within the Sudan in Queen Victoria's reign is an epic story of event extra exciting than any fiction. the tale starts with the bloodbath of the 11,000 powerful Hicks Pasha column in 1883. despatched to evacuate the rustic, British hero basic Gordon was once surrounded and murdered in Khartoum via a military of dervishes led through the Mahdi. the relaxation project arrived 2 days too overdue. the outcome used to be a countrywide scandal that stunned the Queen and resulted in the autumn of the British government.
Twelve years later it used to be the bright Herbert Kitchener who struck again. reaching the very unlikely he outfitted a railway around the wilderness to move his troops to the ultimate devastating disagreement at Omdurman in 1898.
Desert explorer and writer Michael Asher has reconstructed this vintage story in shiny element. Having lined each inch of the floor and tested all eyewitness studies, he brings to undergo new proof wondering numerous accredited points of the tale. the result's an account that sheds new gentle at the such a lot riveting story of honour, braveness, revenge and savagery of overdue Victorian instances.
By G. Maclean
This ebook explores how the Renaissance entailed an international trade of products, talents and ideas among East and West. In chapters starting from Ottoman historical past to Venetian publishing, from pix of St George to Arab philosophy, from cannibalism to international relations, the authors interrogate what all too frequently could appear to be settled certainties, reminiscent of the adaptation among East and West, the invariable clash among Islam and Christianity, and the 'rebirth' of ecu civilization from roots in classical Greece and Imperial Rome.
By Michael Richter
An outline of Irish society from the arriving of Christianity within the fourth century to the Reformation within the 16th. this sort of huge survey unearths beneficial properties in a different way no longer simply detected. For all of the complexity of political advancements, Irish society remained essentially reliable and controlled to resist the onslaught of either the Vikings and the English. The inherent energy of eire consisted within the cultural history from pre-historic instances, which remained influential during the centuries mentioned right here. Irish background has frequently been defined both in isolation or within the demeanour within which it was once stimulated by way of open air forces, in particular through England. This publication moves a distinct stability. First, the time span lined is longer than ordinary, and extra consciousness is paid to the early medieval centuries than to the later interval. Secondly, much less emphasis is put during this booklet at the political or army background of eire than on normal social and cultural points. accordingly, a extra mature interpretation of medieval eire emerges, one within which social and cultural norms inherited from pre-historic instances are obvious to outlive throughout the center a long time. They gave Irish society a balance and inherent energy remarkable in Europe. ""a new examine a interval which has been studied extra for its army and political job than for the rest. this wonderful ebook corrects the lean by way of focusing on social and cultural life.""--Irish autonomous.
By Richard Oram
This quantity explores points of the political, social, cultural, financial and non secular improvement of Scotland within the reign of King Alexander II (1214-49). It constitutes the 1st full-length, multi-author examine of the king and his reign. The 9 individuals to the quantity discover matters as diversified because the historiography of the reign, Anglo-Scottish relatives, Church-State family, financial system and overseas alternate, legislation, aristocratic symbolism, city improvement and the territorial growth of the dominion. This booklet, the 1st significant examine of a reign which observed the Scottish monarchy in achieving its mastery of northern mainland Britain, is of serious significance to historians of medieval Scotland and the broader British Isles. The booklet is illustrated with 24 color and b/w photos and five maps and plans. Readership: All these attracted to medieval heritage, Scottish historical past, felony background, city background, social and financial background, and the heritage of the medieval Church.
By Mark Everard
Britain hosts a range of freshwater environments, from torrential hill streams and lowland rivers to lakes and reservoirs, ponds and canals, and ditches and estuaries. Britain's Freshwater Fishes covers greater than 50 species of freshwater and brackish fish present in those waters. This fantastically illustrated advisor positive factors in-the-hand and in-the-water pictures all through, and obtainable and informative overviews of subject matters resembling fish biology and lifestyles cycles. specified species bills describe key id positive aspects, with info on prestige, measurement and weight, habitat, ecology, and conservation. The e-book additionally incorporates a word list and proposals for additional reading.
This easy-to-use box consultant may be valuable to somebody drawn to Britain's freshwater fish existence, from naturalists and teachers to scholars and anglers.
- Covers all of Britain's freshwater fishes
- Features attractive pictures all through
- Includes special details on greater than 50 species, the locations they inhabit, and their roles in Britain's ecosystems
- Attractively designed and simple to use
By Norman Davies
Written via probably the most fabulous and provocative historians at paintings this present day, The Isles is a progressive narrative historical past that takes a brand new standpoint at the improvement of england and eire, taking a look at them no longer as self-contained islands, yet as an inextricable a part of Europe.
At each level, The Isles connects offshore improvement with parallel occasions at the Continent. This richly layered background starts with the Celtic Supremacy within the final centuries BC, that is offered within the gentle of a Celtic international stretching all of the manner from Iberia to Asia Minor. Roman Britain is noticeable now not as a distinct phenomenon yet as just like the opposite frontier areas of the Roman Empire, akin to Germany. The Viking Age is seen not just during the eyes of the invaded yet from the viewpoint of the invaders themselves--Norse, Danes, and Normans. Plantagenet England is perceived, just like the nation of Jerusalem, as an extension of medieval France. within the later chapters, Davies follows the expansion of the uk and charts the increase and fall of the most pillars of `Britishness'--the Royal army, the Westminster Parliament, the Constitutional Monarchy, the Aristocracy, the Protestant Supremacy, the British Empire, the imperial economic system and sterling quarter, and the English Language.
The ebook ends with the drawback confronting Britain now--the emergence of the eu Union. because the parts that make up the historical Britishness dissolve, Davies indicates how public confusion is without doubt one of the so much effective components during this technique of disintegration. because the Republic of eire flourishes, and tool within the uk is devolved, he predicts that the arriving difficulty within the British nation might be its final.
This holistic procedure demanding situations the conventional nationalist photo of 1000 years of "eternal England"--a distinctive state shaped at an early date by means of Anglo-Saxon kings which developed in isolation and, aside from the Norman Conquest, used to be simply marginally laid low with continental affairs. the result's a brand new photograph of the Isles, certainly one of 4 continents--England, eire, Scotland and Wales--constantly buffeted through continental storms and time and again remodeled through them. Illuminated through a similar readability and piercing originality that exotic Europe: A History, The Isles turns into an agenda-setting ebook, person who will motivate a reassessment of what it capability to be British whereas sparking debate approximately rules of nationwide id and sovereignty.