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A Short History of England, Ireland and Scotland   By: (1843-1911)

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A Short History of England, Ireland, and Scotland by Mary Platt Parmele is an insightful and well-written book that provides a concise overview of the historical events of these three fascinating countries. Parmele's narrative is clear, concise, and engaging, making it accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

The author takes us on a captivating journey through the rich and complex histories of England, Ireland, and Scotland, shedding light on the key events, people, and cultural developments that have shaped these nations. Parmele skillfully navigates the vast timeline, condensing centuries of historical events into a manageable and understandable format. Her ability to distill such intricate and convoluted histories is commendable.

One of the book's strengths is Parmele's careful attention to detail, demonstrating her extensive research and depth of knowledge. She adeptly weaves together various sources and perspectives, presenting a comprehensive account that encompasses both major events and lesser-known anecdotes. Her inclusion of lesser-known figures and events adds depth and nuance to the narrative, revealing the lesser-explored aspects of these countries' histories.

Moreover, Parmele offers insightful analysis and interpretation, enabling readers to grasp the underlying motivations and consequences of historical events. She delves into the complex dynamics between England, Ireland, and Scotland, highlighting the interplay of politics, religion, and power that has shaped their relationships throughout history. This critical perspective enhances readers' understanding of the overarching themes and recurring patterns in the history of these nations.

The book's organization deserves praise as well. Parmele adopts a chronological approach, guiding readers through the various periods and transitions that marked England, Ireland, and Scotland's historical trajectories. Each chapter flows seamlessly into the next, providing a coherent framework that aids comprehension and emphasizes the interconnectedness of these countries' histories.

While the book effectively covers a vast scope, it is worth noting that due to its brevity, some periods and individuals receive less attention than others. Readers seeking an in-depth exploration of specific time periods or figures might find themselves wanting more in certain chapters. However, it is important to remember that Parmele's aim is to provide a concise overview, which she achieves admirably.

Overall, A Short History of England, Ireland, and Scotland is an excellent introductory text for those looking to gain a broad understanding of these three nations' histories. Parmele's engaging writing style, meticulous research, and insightful analysis make this book a valuable resource for both casual readers and history enthusiasts alike. Whether you are a student, traveler, or simply curious about these countries' pasts, this book offers an enlightening and enjoyable journey through centuries of history.

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[Frontispiece: Magna Charta, 1215: King John submits to the Barons, and signs the Great Charter of British Liberties.]












COPYRIGHT, 1898, 1900, 1906, BY



Will the readers of this little work please bear in mind the difficulties which must attend the painting of a very large picture, with multitudinous characters and details, upon a very small canvas! This book is mainly an attempt to trace to their sources some of the currents which enter into the life of Great Britain to day, and to indicate the starting points of some among the various threads legislative, judicial, social, etc. which are gathered into the imposing strand of English civilization in this closing nineteenth century.

The reader will please observe that there seem to have been two things most closely interwoven with the life of England RELIGION and MONEY have been the great evolutionary factors in her development.

It has been, first, the resistance of the people to the extortions of money by the ruling class, and second, the violating of their religious instincts, which has made nearly all that is vital in English history... Continue reading book >>

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