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Fifty things you need to know about British history

Author: Hugh Williams
Publisher: London : Collins, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"If you could choose the 50 things that define British history, events of significance not only in themselves, but in their importance to wider themes running through our past, what would they be? Hugh Williams has made that selection, and the result is a fascinating overview of Britain's past." "He refines British history into a series of key themes that represent a crucial strand in our history, and pinpoints the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Williams, Hugh.
Fifty things you need to know about British history.
London : Collins, 2008
(OCoLC)891646275
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Williams
ISBN: 9780007278411 0007278411
OCLC Number: 228363753
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 393 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Roots: The Origins of Britain --
pt. 2. Struggle: The Battles for Britain --
pt. 3. The Sea: Britain at Home and Abroad --
pt. 4. Freedom: The Pursuit of Liberty --
pt. 5. Ingenuity: Britain's Innovations.
Other Titles: 50 things you need to know about British history
Responsibility: Hugh Williams.

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