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A Short History of England

G. K. Chesterton

1. 01 – Introduction
2. 02 – The Province of Britain
3. 03 – The Age of Legends
4. 04 – The Defeat of the Barbarians
5. 05 – St. Edward and the Norman Kings
6. 06 – The Age of the Crusades
7. 07 – The Problem of the Plantagenets
8. 08 – The Meaning of Merry England
9. 09 – Nationality and the French Wars
10. 10 – The War of the Usurpers
11. 11 – The Rebellion of the Rich
12. 12 – Spain and the Schism of Nations
13. 13 – The Age of the Puritans
14. 14 – The Triumph of the Whigs
15. 15 – The War with the Great Republics
16. 16 – Aristocracy and the Discontents
17. 17 – The Return of the Barbarian
18. 18 – Conclusion

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a prolific writer on many topics. His views of history were always from the standpoint of men and their interactions, and it may fairly be said he saw all of history as a battle between civilization and barbarism. So it has always been, and that remains true even today.“But it is especially in the matter of the Middle Ages that the popular histories trample upon the popular traditions. In this respect there is an almost comic contrast between the general information provided about England in the last two or three centuries, in which its present industrial system was being built up, and the general information given about the preceding centuries, which we call broadly mediaeval. “As this quotation taken from the Introduction clearly shows, he is no mere pedant reciting dry dates and locations, but a profound thinker flooding new light onto those modern “myths” that have filled our historys. He is a master of paradox, and the techique of reducing his opponents arguments to the logical absurdity they have inherent in them. He often turns them upside down. All of which makes his work both a sound subject for reflection and highly entertaining all the while it remains permanently timely.



I ALMOST finished this, but, it really wasn't that interesting to me. If you are a history buff, this should be right up your alley!