Magazine article History Today

British and Irish History

Magazine article History Today

British and Irish History

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St Paul's: The Cathedral Church of London 604-2004, edited by Derek Keane, Arthur Burns and Andrew Saint (Yale University Press, 65 [pounds sterling]), is a comprehensive account of London's mother church, rebuilt at least three times over the centuries.

Bloody Foreigners (Little Brown, 22.50 [pounds sterling]) by Robert Winder looks at the large and diverse groups that have contributed to the 'mongrel nation' from Roman times to the present, and argues that immigration does not lead to cultural degeneration.

With a foreword by Richard Holmes, Michael Rayner's English Battlefields: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia (Tempus 25 [pounds sterling]) is a dictionary-style reference book of every battle fought on English soil--over fields, in towns and forests, at sea or in the sky.

Key cultural and political issues surrounding Northern England over many centuries are examined in looking North: Northern England and the National Imagination (Manchester University Press, pb 16.99 [pounds sterling], hb 49.99 [pounds sterling]) by Dave Russell.

Village England: A Social History of the Countryside (I.B.Tauris, 35 [pounds sterling]) by Trevor Wild questions the romantic notions of the utopian pastoral past while telling the history of 'village England' from earliest times until the present.

The Water-Spinners: A New Look at the Early Cotton Trade (Helmshore Local History Society, 24.95 [pounds sterling] pb, 33.50 [pounds sterling] hb) is the first detailed study of the water-frames and Arkwright-type mills that formed the technical background to the early Industrial Revolution. …

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