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British History for Dummies 1st Edition

British History for Dummies 1st Edition

A stirring trip through the essentials of British History.

Britain's past brought right up to date.

This book is a riotous, irreverent account of the people and events that have shaped Britain. It's a "who, what, when, where and why" that reads like a thriller and a comedy rolled into one. Inside you'll find rip-roaring stories of power-mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire-building and forbidden love - not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips.


  • Famous and infamous Britons
  • Key royal, military and cultural eras
  • Power in Britain: who lost it, who took it
  • The rise and fall of Britain's global empire
  • History as it connects to Britain today


Part I - The British Are Coming!

Chapter 1. So Much History, So Little Time

Chapter 2. Sticks and Stone Age Stuff

Chapter 3. Woad Rage and Chariots: The Iron Age in Britain

Part II - Everyone Else Is Coming! The Invaders

Chapter 4. Ruled Britannia

Chapter 5. Saxon, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll

Chapter 6. Have Axe, Will Travel: The Vikings

Chapter 7. 1066 and All That Followed

Part III - Who's in Charge Around Here? The Middle Ages

Chapter 8. England Gets an Empire

Chapter 9. A Right Royal Time: The Medieval Realms of Britain

Chapter 10. Plague, Pox, Poll Tax, and Ploughing

Part IV - Rights or Royals? The Tudors and Stuarts

Chapter 11. Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown

Chapter 12. A Burning Issue: The Reformation

Chapter 13. Crown or Commons?

Chapter 14. Old Problems, New Ideas

Part V - On the Up: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Chapter 15. Let's Make a Country

Chapter 16. Survival of the Richest: The Industrial Revolution

Chapter 17. Children of the Revolutions

Chapter 18. Putting on My Top Hat: The Victorians

Chapter 19. The Sun Never Sets - but It Don't Shine Either

Part VI - Don't Look Down: The Twentieth Century

Chapter 20. The Great War: The End of Innocence - and Everything Else?

Chapter 21. Radio Times

Chapter 22. TV Times

Part VII - The Part of Tens

Chapter 23. Ten Top Turning Points

Chapter 24. Ten Major Documents

Chapter 25. Ten Things the British Have Given the World (Whether the World Wanted Them or Not)

Chapter 26. Ten Great British Places to Visit

Chapter 27. Ten Britons Who Should Be Better Known

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