The author made this book good; intent and intent alone can make it enjoyable. Jul 26, Alice rated it it was amazing. Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec British History for Dummies? Mais son point fort est sans conteste l'humour. Quel meilleur moyen pour apprendre!! Jan 30, Mel rated it did not like it.
I know this is one of the For Dummies books, but it was so dumbed down and patronising that I didn't feel as though I learned anything. Far more so than other books in the series I have read. Personally I didn't like all the use of slang and informalities, but I can see how that would appeal to teenagers. I would seriously think twice before reading a For Dummies book as a refresher or for an introduction to a topic.
Nov 24, Lise rated it really liked it. A quick, funny and easy read. Starts at the Ice Age and ends with Tony Blair. Just a quick brush up to help you identify which areas to explore in depth. Written in a talky, funny manner. For example a family tree of the Tudors shows the following for Mary, Queen of Scots husbands 2 and Jun 19, Reading rated it it was amazing. This book provides a great overview. The sections I wished had more information let me pinpoint which areas of British history I should read more about. Mar 24, Bill Young rated it it was amazing.
The book on audible is a funny irreverent look at British history that is entertaining and educational. Apr 09, Kate rated it really liked it. Excellent, just what I was after. History is often too hard to get into. So many names, families. Some interesting bits but lots of dull and hard to follow decades.
This one is often funny, which lightens the book up and breaks the monotony of 'just one damn thing after another'. Aug 18, Troy Parfitt rated it it was amazing.
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Apart from a fondness for iron bridges, the belief that cricket is exciting, and the mistaken view that the Chinese have a curse which goes 'may you live in interesting times' there is no such phrase in Chinese , this is a cracking good book. It's well written and, well, just really damned good. Very interesting, as least to me, a Canadian.
I got a bit tired and confused about all the kings and queens, and wished for a little more "common" history, but, well, people like reading about kings a Apart from a fondness for iron bridges, the belief that cricket is exciting, and the mistaken view that the Chinese have a curse which goes 'may you live in interesting times' there is no such phrase in Chinese , this is a cracking good book. I got a bit tired and confused about all the kings and queens, and wished for a little more "common" history, but, well, people like reading about kings and queens, as the author notes.
It was really interesting to see the, er, constancy of human behaviour throughout the centuries.
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You could call British history a few thousand years of conflict and struggle. I also appreciated the balance of talking about Ireland, Scotland, and Wales Lang gives them their due and all the bits about British imperialism. There's just so much information here. All the sidebars are interesting, and so is a section at the end dedicated to places in Britain you might want to visit, really important British people you may have never heard of , documents which changed everything, etc. I'd like to read Lang's European History for Dummies, too. British History for Dummies provides a very good overview.
Once you read it, you can pick out the bits you find engaging, and then delve into them. Thank you very much! Feb 27, Sho rated it really liked it Shelves: I decided that I didn't know enough about British history so I looked around for something to fill the gap. This is the one I chose, being familiar with the Dummies books from my early days fighting with computers and Microsoft Windows. It starts with the Ice age and finishes with Tony Blair and just about covers everything in between.
There is a bit of Welsh, Scottish and Irish history thrown in which is a bit of a relief, but probably not enough. It's the type of book that is supposed to be dip I decided that I didn't know enough about British history so I looked around for something to fill the gap. It's the type of book that is supposed to be dipped in and out of but I really wanted to read it from start to finish so I did.
Typically for the Dummies genre it dispenses knowledge in small chunks with lots of icons and sidebars to divide it up into bite-sized pieces. There isn't much of a discussion of the underlying causes of the events, but then it doesn't pretend to be an in-depth analysis of history - given the scope it covers if it did that it would have to be issued in several volumes.
But as a starting point for historical facts it's a good one. It threw up a few events and people that I'd like to investigate more. Jun 27, Amy rated it liked it. This book was a bit of a tough read. I suspect it was a tough book to write and edit. First, what to include? I think it would be difficult to decide what to include and what to leave out. It seems to me that those decisions were made fairly well. Overall, this book is a good starting point for an overview of British history.
My main criticism of this book, was there was quite a bit of jumping around in time to attempt to explain things. It made the book seem a bit awkward. For something of this This book was a bit of a tough read. For something of this scope, it would have been easier to read if it was on a stricter timeline. This is the type of book that would be good to keep around as a reference. Apr 24, Anjanette rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love the For Dummies series because they give you a quick overview of a vast topic in language that is easy to understand and with a hint of humor.
Unfortunately humor is a subjective thing. Reading some of these books straight through can go from mildly amusing to eye-rolling groaners at the end of practically every paragraph, making any further reading tedious. This book is NOT one of those books. The author doesn't abuse the humor, using it only sparingly, which makes it a very enjoyable re I love the For Dummies series because they give you a quick overview of a vast topic in language that is easy to understand and with a hint of humor.
The author doesn't abuse the humor, using it only sparingly, which makes it a very enjoyable read. Jun 06, Laura rated it it was amazing. There's little chance I will remember much of the information because there really is much more history than I anticipated, and this is the abbreviated version! But I love having a summary of British history as a reference so I can work off of it and find my own in-depth sources to fill in the gaps.
Highly recom Sound and playful. Aug 30, Crystal rated it liked it. This text is packed full of interesting information about the United Kingdom, and the surrounding countries and territories therein. If the reader where perhaps writing an essay, or research project on the aforementioned country, this would be a most beneficial book to indulge in.
However, if the reader is only interested in this knowledge for historical purposes, I suggest something a little more in depth and professional. Sep 10, Emily rated it did not like it Shelves: I've lost my patience with this book. He makes offensive jokes to try to be fun and interesting, but I'm just offended and bored. I thought this would be a good book to give me a wide scope of British history, but I've got to try something else. His misunderstanding of the Boston Tea Party was the breaking point.
What else did he lie to me about? Ok, so now I finished. My opinion of it did not change. Jul 01, Diane rated it really liked it. What a brilliant concept this is. Who would have thought that books titled "For Dummies" would be such a hit? This was a great way to learn some quick history in a painless manner. There is a lot of humor and a warning when things are too technical. The Dummies books aren't a replacement for thorough study but they sure help a novice.
Sep 14, Kara rated it it was amazing. This is a simplified version of British history, both monarchy and as the whole, and it really is quite interesting. Like with Ancient Rome, I knew a lot of backstory before picking this book up, but I did find out some things that I didn't know until reading this. It is fascinating, so ignore the title and give it a read if you're interested.
Charles River Editors examines the history of British imperialism. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This book was written by a professor, and it shows. For a "Dummies" book, it is pretty tedious and dense.
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For my purposes, I'll be doing a lot of skimming and jumping back and forth. At least it is thorough. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Very entertaining look at history! I picked this up to use as a reference to help me understand a few elements of British history for a paper I was writing. It was so entertaining, I ended up reading the whole book for leisure reading.
This would also be a great 'on the flight' read for a first trip to the UK. One person found this helpful. History with a sense of humor. It was actually fun to read. I highly recommend it for an abbreviated history book. I think anything by this author would be just as great. Book explains difference between England, Briton and the United Kingdom, and also explains the relationship between England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and how that relationship developed over time.
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Book is not entirely engrossing, but is worth the read for the detailed information provided. Entertaining but not at the expense of education. The writing is superb. Even though I have taught European and British history I learned much from this book. K history - perfect for UK visitors. Perfect book for someone preparing to take their first or their tenth vacation to the U.
Chock full of history and written to keep you awake through some rather dry material. The first chapter is good for an overview. The information is given with a light touch which makes it easier to read for someone who wants the information tourist? See all 21 reviews.
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