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'Compellingly written. Lawrence James has read unusually widely.'
- M R D Foot in the SPECTATOR reviews:

"Modern Britain is a nation shaped by wars. The boundaries of its separate parts are the outcome of conquest and resistance. Warrior heroes - real, imaginary and a mixture of both - are deeply embedded in the collective memories and culture of the English, Welsh, Scots and Irish. Boadicea, King Arthur, Wallace, Rob Roy and Henry V still enjoy a powerful hold over the imagination. Britishness has had a sense of collective identity which grew under careful official cultivation during the global struggles of the 18th century and found its most powerful expression during the world wars of the 20th. Modern war was seen as the ultimate test of a nation's moral and physical stamina, and Britain emerged with an enviable record which underpinned national pride and a sense of superiority that survived well into the second half of the 20th century. This book investigates and examines the part played by war in the making of Britain, embracing the most recent historical and archaeological research."

"Mr James has produced yet another very readable, extremely well researched book. He has approached the history of the British at war in six thematic parts from the Roman conquests to the total war of the twentieth century. He highlights the social and political change brought on by war. The book is well worth buying."

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Hardback 2001.

864 pages + illustrations.

Very good condition.

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