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A Short History of England (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 256 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 122 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1463722087
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0082X012E
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Premier livre Kindle 29 août 2013
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J'ai aimé parce que le livre est bien fait, c'est clair et l'on passe facilement d'un siècle à l'autre, on ne passe pas, on glisse.
C'est un bon résumé qui reprend l'essentiel et qui parle d'autre chose qu'une succession de rois, l'écriture est simple mais pas simpliste.
j'ai aimé aussi le dictionnaire qui accompagne, la possibilité de surligner ou d'ajouter un commentaire.

peut-être parfois, suite à la consultation du dico, il retourne une page en arrière sans que l'on s'en aperçoive immédiatement.
il n'est pas trop long et c'est un aperçu différent de l'histoire d’Angleterre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Sociological history of England 31 mai 2014
Par Jaelle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In a word, wow. I was looking for a traditional history, but what I got instead was a sociological view of the events in English history. What this book does NOT contain is a narrative of the events in England over the last 3 millenia. For example, the centuries of Roman presence on the island were addressed from the perspective of their impact on the people of the island, but the text is silent on such details as the conquest of the island or the building of Hadrian's wall. I highly recommend it as a companion source in any study of English history.

The text was incredibly dense and not easy reading. Often I had to reread a sentence or paragraph (or page...) over again several times to get the meaning of it, but then the subject matter was often quite complex. Highlighting became a problem, as I wanted to highlight a huge amount of text due to the insights in history and simple human nature contained therein. Things that I remember memorizing in history class with no clue why they happened or anyone cared about them became clear. And yet despite the ostensible dryness of the subject, the writing style was compelling and not without its own sense of humor.

I find myself converted into a fan of Mr. Chesterton's writing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Valuable classic 18 mai 2013
Par JimFoxy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Classic work. Valuable and irreplaceable. Gives more than just the lives of kings and princes. Gives information about the life of the general population.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and scholarly ramble through history 5 avril 2013
Par Jeremy Leslie-Spinks - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Chesterton is by turns mildly indignant, witty, urbane and acidic. The book is not for novices -- his assumption is that the reader will already be fully conversant with the subject, which in his day would presumably have been the case. Nonetheless, his Short History of England is an agreeable offering, provided the reader can devote sufficient leisure to the enjoyment of an author palpably amused by his own pleasantries.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Short History of England is a scholarly review, not a history for the masses 14 mai 2013
Par h lynn keith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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1. Short review: :-) (Amazon rating: 4 out of 5 stars -- I like it.)

2. Long review:

2.1. What I liked: IMO if I get one new idea from a book I consider it a worthwhile read. A Short History of England met that criterion.

Roller-coaster or walk-in-the-park? Walk in the park. Sometimes informative, sometimes oblique.

Worth the download.

2.2. What I did not like: GKC assumed the reader to be well-versed in English history. Enough so that he used offhand references that hid the point he tried to make.

2.3. Who I think is the audience: English historians.

2.4. Is the book appropriate for children to read? Yeah, if they are English historians.

2.5. On the basis of reading this book, will I buy the author's next book? Yes.

2.6. The plot in a nutshell.

No plot. History and commentary.

2.7. Other:

As a scholarly history, A Short History of England is a success. As an accessible history for the masses, it is a failure.

As an American, I am ignorant of much of English history. I got this book to educate myself and relieve that ignorance. Sadly, it did not do so.

GKC wrote A Short History of England more as a commentary on English history than as a chronicle. I did not know much English history when I began to read this work, and, after reading, I still do not know much English history.

Nevertheless, A Short History of England did meet my criterion as a worthwhile read. GKC articulated the idea that the English aristocracy of the 18th century opposed the two republics they came into contact with -- the American republic and the French republic. This is an interesting point. There were two other republics extant at the time -- the Swiss and the Venetian -- that England did not oppose, but I can see his point. I also see arguments against it.

The English aristocracy of the 18th century was not so much one of titles as of landed gentry. William Pitt the Elder and William Pitt the Younger are the exemplars of this aristocracy. WP the Elder's position vis-a-vis the American colonies in revolt does not support GKC's thesis. I do not know enough about WP the Younger's position on the United States to draw any conclusions, but his position on France is clear. Is his position on France identical to his position on republics? I do not think so.

GKC published A Short History of England in 1917 and concludes with an argument that the alliance with France is natural for the English and a call for Englishmen to support the alliance. The weight of history is against that notion. France was the enemy of England until the 20th century. German states were the allies of England until the 20th century (except Bavaria which, in truth, is not a German state).

GKC made me think. IMO that makes the book worthwhile.

YMMV.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why We Should Think About History 21 avril 2014
Par propertius - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Arcane facts for the contemporary American reader,yes. The beauty of a work such as this is that it illustrates how history once was viewed. One did first have to familiarize himself with the facts and only then he begin to theorize. Today the historian says "Don't give me the facts, I have my opinion" (and implicitly, my right to embrace historic illiteracy)

Read this as a primer to what competent and educated should people be saying and how they should approach history and its place in modern political discourse. Today we have "talking heads" and "talk radio" as Dr. No said to James Bond "East West, all points on a compass, one dumber than the other.." most of liberal and conservative commentary is just that. Let Mr. Chesterton's generation point us to the way to rational and learned political discourse.
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