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The Atlantic Celts : ancient people or modern invention?

Author: Simon James
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book Simon James surveys ancient and modern ideas of the Celts and challenges them in the light of revolutionary new thinking on the Iron Age peoples of Britain. Examining how ethnic and national identities are constructed, he presents an alternative history of the British Isles, proposing that the idea of insular Celtic identity is really a product of the rise of nationalism in the eighteenth century. He  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
James, Simon, 1957-
Atlantic Celts.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607303785
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon James
ISBN: 0299166740 9780299166748
OCLC Number: 41649757
Description: 160 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. The debate on Celtic identity --
2. Standard histories: assumptions, limitations and objections --
3. How the Celts were created, and why --
4. Current ideas on ethnicity, and the insular Ancient Celts --
5. Towards a new ethnic history of the isles --
6. Conclusion: are the modern Celts bogus?
Other Titles: Celts
Responsibility: Simon James.

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"In this book Simon James surveys ancient and modern ideas of the Celts and challenges them in the light of revolutionary new thinking on the Iron Age peoples of Britain. Examining how ethnic and national identities are constructed, he presents an alternative history of the British Isles, proposing that the idea of insular Celtic identity is really a product of the rise of nationalism in the eighteenth century. He considers whether the 'Celticness' of the British Isles is a romantic fantasy, even a politically dangerous falsification of history which has implications in the current debate on devolution and self-government for the Celtic regions."--Jacket.

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