British History For Dummies
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This book is a riotous, irreverent account of the people and events that have shaped Britain. Always getting those kings and queens confused? Never sure what happened when? Then you need this book. Inside you'll find rip-roaring stories of power-mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire building, and forbidden love — not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips!
  • Revised and expanded to include the historical parliamentary elections of 2010 and the British mission in Afghanistan
  • Accompanied by access to a timeline and 'Who's Who in British History' section on
  • This new edition contains an 8-page color insert so you can see who, what and where the ensuing historical action takes place


Seán Lang, PhD is the author of the best-selling European History For Dummies. He is a senior university lecturer in history and has been teaching history to school, college, and university students for more than two decades.



Part I: The British Are Coming!

Chapter 1: So Much History, So Little Time.

Chapter 2: Sticks and Stone Age Stuff.

Chapter 3: Woad Rage and Chariots: The Iron Age in Britain.

Part II: Everyone Else Is Coming! The Invaders.

Chapter 4: Ruled Britannia.

Chapter 5: Saxon, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll.

Chapter 6: Have Axe, Will Travel: The Vikings.

Chapter 7: 1066 and All That Followed.

Part III: Who's in Charge Around Here? The Middle Ages.

Chapter 8: England Gets an Empire.

Chapter 9: A Right Royal Time – the Medieval Realms of Britain.

Chapter 10: Plague, Pox, Poll Tax, and Ploughing – and Then You Die.

Part IV: Rights or Royals? The Tudors and Stuarts.

Chapter 11: Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown.

Chapter 12: A Burning Issue: The Reformation.

Chapter 13: Crown or Commons?

Chapter 14: Old Problems, New Ideas.

Part V: On the Up: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.

Chapter 15: Let's Make a Country.

Chapter 16: Survival of the Richest: The Industrial Revolution.

Chapter 17: Children of the Revolutions.

Chapter 18: Putting On My Top Hat – The Victorians.

Chapter 19: The Sun Never Sets – But It Don't Shine Either.

Part VI: Don't Look Down: The Twentieth Century.

Chapter 20: The Great War: The End of Innocence – and Everything Else?

Chapter 21: Radio Times.

Chapter 22: TV Times.

Chapter 23: Interesting Times.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Top Turning Points.

Chapter 25: Ten Major Documents.

Chapter 26: Ten Things the British Have Given the World (Whether the World Wanted Them or Not).

Chapter 27: Ten Great British Places to Visit.

Chapter 28: Ten Britons Who Should Be Better Known.