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#1 smfmommy

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 11:11 PM

I am hoping someone can point me to a good British history book.  My eldest who adores history is interested in reading a British history text from a British point of view.  She has read gobs, but being American, they are predominately American authors and so the point of view is skewed.

 

What would you suggest?  It doesn't have to be old or free, just accessible (ie I can manage to buy it online) and interesting to read.  I am sure I could find something, but I would like a personal recommendation as I don't want to buy something horribly boring.

 

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 11:19 PM

History of the English Speaking Peoples, by Churchill.   Very well written.  https://www.amazon.c...peaking peoples

 

My oldest is reading through this series as part of his high school great books work.  He is loving them.  


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Posted 16 March 2017 - 11:42 PM

I remember enjoying Simon Schama's television series, but found his writing a bit dry.



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:42 AM

There are so many. It could be worth going on Amazon.co.uk and just searching British History. She might also like the text books that go along with A level History. There are a lot of them because the course providers choose from a big range of topics some will be British history. There are a couple of publishers. Oxford https://www.amazon.c...sl_4z8fhpzu8u_e

Hodder also do a similar series but I don't think there are as many books.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 05:35 AM

I'm on my phone, so can't see ages in your sig, but for high school level I would say anything by Peter Ackroyd. I LOVE his books. I dont find them dry at all, and he has overviews as well as period focused works. They're available on Amazon.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:27 AM

Thank you for the suggestions.  My oldest is actually 19 so adult level works are fine too. I will check out the ones you all have mentioned.  Thanks!

 



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:31 AM

There's also a Great Courses British history series.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:27 PM

Thanks for the reminder.  She does prefer print though.  We ordered some Peter Ackroyd from the library and have Churchill in the Amazon wish list.  They should be a good start and we'll see where she wants to go from there.


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#9 Laura Corin

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:37 PM

Peter Ackroyd writes fiction too, so be aware of what you are getting.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:22 PM

I think there is a for dummies book.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:25 PM

Yup, in Kindle and even audible audiobook.
https://www.amazon.c...g=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:26 PM

Overdrive has the book, too.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:28 PM

I think audio versions of The Great Course are at audible.com for the price of a credit.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:04 PM

Thanks Hunter

 


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:20 PM

For free vintage suggestions, check out the book lists at Heritage History. Click on "British Middle Ages" and "British Empire".
http://www.heritage-....php?c=products

There is no need to buy the eBooks from Heritage History, but the quality of their books is superb.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:40 PM

Maybe below the requested reading level, but "Our Island Story" is a classic spine for this topic.  It is assigned in Dialectic Level for Tapestry of Grace.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:47 PM

My kids loved Great Tales from English History 1,2 and 3 by Robert Lacey

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:21 AM

Maybe below the requested reading level, but "Our Island Story" is a classic spine for this topic. It is assigned in Dialectic Level for Tapestry of Grace.


I only assign this as a read aloud​, so that we can discuss everything wrong with it as we go through. Sexism, racism, imperialism, disgust at other religions...

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:54 AM

Is there a particularly part of British history of interest or types of British points of view she's after? It would make it easier to make a recommendation, there is quite a lot of it and lots of different British points of views...

 

Niall Ferguson would be worth a look. I know quite a few who recommend his book Empire [he also has one on US history/expansion called Colossus, it may be interesting to compare what a Brit thinks of US history]. Darcus Howe: A Political Biography would be good for more modern history and the discussion of UK civil rights movements. I do like The Tribes of Britain by David Miles which is more of an early overview book though I'm too early in it to really recommend it. 

 

Honestly, I use a lot of the BBC Store/bbc iplayer for history which is IP locked so not much use. Most of the British history books we own are a book more tongue-in-cheek like "All the Countries we've ever invaded and the few we never got around to" which I may use for high school geography...



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:52 PM

She doesn't have a specific time period of interest, but Victorian era and the British view of early America would be two she would choose off hand.  Thanks for the ideas.

 



#21 Laura Corin

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:02 PM

She doesn't have a specific time period of interest, but Victorian era and the British view of early America would be two she would choose off hand. Thanks for the ideas.


I think that both of those topics are on the A level syllabus, so searching bookdepository for 'A Level American History', for example, should come up with something. A Levels are a similar level to APs but are largely essay-based exams.