History Of Britain In 12 Maps


With the uncertainty of Brexit looming, Britain as we know it is on the brink of defining change. With current borders being disputed and, with them, identities challenged, this book will provide a brilliant insight into how our country’s borders have always been, and always will be, in a state of change. From the Celtic period when ‘Britain’ was just a patchwork of tribal kingdoms; to the height of the empire a century ago, when the whole of Ireland, India, Australia, much of Africa, Asia and the Americas were marked as British; through to the present-day when Britain’s shape and extent is once more in question, these maps dramatically chart the political and cultural evolution of the nation. By focusing on these maps Philip Parker reveals how Britain came to be the way it is today, and how the past is a guide to where we might go from here.

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Discover the 12 crucial moments in Britain’s past that will answer the greatest questions for our future in this richly insightful and fascinating history

In 878 the borders of Alfred the Great’s Wessex were confined to a small patch of marshland in Somerset. This was Britain.

Four centuries later, and the country straddled the English Channel, embracing much of what we now know as France.

Six hundred years later, its boundaries were to be found in the Caribbean, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Sunda Strait. These, too, were Britain.

Yet when – and where – did Britain begin?

Is the shape of Britain led by the British – or are foreign powers more responsible for our borders than we realise? Is Britain justified in its island mentality? Will Britain ever be at ease with its own borders?

And is the shape of Britain soon to change all over again? . . .

This comprehensive, entertaining and concise new history uses twelve maps to explain Britain’s most characteristic trait – our need to be both part of the wider world, yet separate from it.

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Weight 0.7 kg
Dimensions 24 × 15.6 × 3.8 cm










911.41 (edition:23)


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