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Small Island

12 Maps That Explain The History of Britain

Philip Parker



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08 August 2023
The gripping exploration of Britain's ever-changing identity, through the guise of 12 poignant maps over 2,000 years of British history

Can the questions of Britain's future be answered by the maps of our past?

A fascinating analysis of a dozen maps from critical points in British history over the last 2,000 years, from the Celtic period when 'Britain' was just a patchwork of tribal kingdoms, to a century ago when the whole of Ireland, India, Australia, much of Africa, Asia and the Americas were also marked as British.

Charting the assembling and disassembling of regions under British rule, this book features maps that teach us about the political and cultural evolution of the nation, and much of our past that we often forget. With current borders being disputed and, with them, identities challenged, this book will provide a reassuring insight into how our country's borders have always been, and always will be, in a state of flux.

Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   202g
ISBN:   9780241368275
ISBN 10:   0241368278
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Philip Parker is a writer, consultant, and publisher specializing in ancient and medieval political and military systems. He studied history at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and is the author of A History of Britain in Maps (2016), the DK Eyewitness Companion Guide to World History (2010) and many more. He was the General Editor of Anova's Great Trade Routes (2010), and winner of a Certificate of Merit for the Mountbatten Maritime Award in the Maritime Media Awards 2013. As a publisher he ran the Times books list, including works on Ancient Civilizations and The Times History of the World. Philip lives in London with his partner and daughter.

Reviews for Small Island: 12 Maps That Explain The History of Britain

Charting the formation and then break-up of British rule, Small Island provides a richly entertaining canter through the country's past. An engrossing book, offering stimulating observations about our cultural evolution as well as predictions for Britain's future.-Independent His rather bouncy style makes this a perfect book for a summer read that informs, engages and entertains-Great British Life

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