A unique history covering every major aspect of British life, with full coverage of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Comprehensive yet concise, this work functions as ``both a history of Britian and an historical dictionary.'' Organized in chronological chapters and thematic sections, it surveys British and Irish history from 100 B.C. to A.D. 1975. Marginal notes act as descriptive specific entries, with the main text providing interpretative background articles. A biographical ``Who's Who'' lists leading figures, and crisp maps and illustrations enhance the text. This beautifully executed book would be useful to the general reader as a concise history or a quick reference and is recommended for most libraries. Renata Ochnsner, Harvey P.L., Ill.
'A reference book as well as a continuous history. The author and publishers deserve congratulations for the ingenuity with which they have solved the problem of combining the two very different kinds of approach. This they have done by offering descriptive entries alongside interpretative essays and the whole volume is rounded off by an index and a Who's Who of the good and the great in British history. It is obvious from the calibre of the contributors that this is no mere potbolier.' History Today