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Britain Begins [Kindle Edition]

Barry Cunliffe

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Cunliffe's text is lively and thoroughly accessible and is supported by nearly 300 high-quality figure drawings and photographs... The book is beautifully produced. Britain Begins is a model of its kind, but this particular beginning may be an impossible act to follow. TLS Barry Cunliffe's beautiful and enthralling Britain Begins (Oxford) puts us all in our place. Andrew Motion, Books of the Year 2012, Guardian A beautifully illustrated, erudite book. His clear and deeply knowledgeable text is brought to life by hundreds of bright, glossy images and detailed, extremely helpful maps ... this is an invaluable introduction to Britain's earliest years. Dan Jones, Daily Telegraph Cunliffe steers a masterful course thorugh more than 11 millennia of human development ... This beautifully produced and informative work of synthesis and interpretation will provide an ideal starting point for those interested in the British past and a useful point of re-engagement for those who feel that thet are already over-familiar with the basic narrative. BBC History Magazine Barry Cunliffe's account is handsomely produced and impeccable in its scholarship, the nearest thing we have to a definitive account of Britain's story from the end of the ice Age to the Norman Conquest. The Scotsman Sweeping from the end of the last Ice Age to the eve of the Norman Conquest, this book contains a vast amount of information, accessibly presented. It is an enjoyable journey, and one that never loses sight of the wider picture. Current Archaeology The best available synthesis of research on the early peopling of these islands ... with marvellous maps and illustrations. Stephen Howe, The Independent When it comes to hard facts, Cunliffe has the data, and the often dramatically beautiful or startling photographs to give them life. His whole account must create a renewed respect for our British and Irish ancestors. Tom Shippey, The Guardian


The last Ice Age, which came to an end about 12,000 years ago, swept the bands of hunter gatherers from the face of the land that was to become Britain and Ireland, but as the ice sheets retreated and the climate improved so human groups spread slowly northwards, re-colonizing the land that had been laid waste. From that time onwards Britain and Ireland have been continuously inhabited and the resident population has increased from a few hundreds to more than 60 million.

Britain Begins is nothing less than the story of the origins of the British and the Irish peoples, from around 10,000BC to the eve of the Norman Conquest. Using the most up to date archaeological evidence together with new work on DNA and other scientific techniques which help us to trace the origins and movements of these early settlers, Barry Cunliffe offers a rich narrative account of the first islanders - who they were, where they came from, and how they interacted one with
another. Underlying this narrative throughout is the story of the sea, which allowed the islanders and their continental neighbours to be in constant contact.

The story told by the archaeological evidence, in later periods augmented by historical texts, satisfies our need to know who we are and where we come from. But before the development of the discipline of archaeology, people used what scraps there were, gleaned from Biblical and classical texts, to create a largely mythological origin for the British. Britain Begins also explores the development of these early myths, which show our ancestors attempting to understand their origins.
And, as Cunliffe shows, today's archaeologists are driven by the same desire to understand the past - the only real difference is that we have vastly more evidence to work with.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 66234 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 568 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0199679452
  • Verlag: OUP Oxford (25. Oktober 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008YU1H1E
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5.0 von 5 Sternen New Celtic Information 13. März 2013
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Cunliffe is a noted archaeologist whose books are always a pleasure to read and highly informative. What I especially liked here was his examination of the possible origin of the Celtic language along the European Atlantic coastal region. It is possible that instead of the traditional view, which sees the Celtic language originating in Central Europe from Poland through Gaul and to Italy and Celtiberian Spain, that the Celtic language instead moved from the Atlantic coast, the peoples who eventually came to speak it, having come from the Anatolian region through Italy and along the Mediterranean to what is now
Spain and then to the Atlantic coast; then the developed Celtic language moved to Central Europe. Cunliffe was greatly affected by the DNA analysis of Stephen Oppenheimer in reaching this view, but Cunliffe has long been an expert on the Atlantic coastal regions. Since neither Cunliffe nor Oppenheimer are professional linquists, it will be interesting to see how the linquists react to this view. Cunliffe also follows Oppenheimer in positing that the inhabitants of what is now England may have been speaking a Germanic dialect from as early as 6000 BCE or have developed one from their known frequent interactions with the mainland European Germanic dialect speakers. This would explain why Celtic has left so relatively little trace on present day English and why the Anglo-Saxon dialects became so readily accepted.. Cunliffe is less sure than Oppenheimer that we can differentiate the early Neolithic Germanic influences from the later DNA supplied by by Angles, Saxons, Frisians, and Jutes of the 5th century CE and the still later Viking influence from CE 800 on. Readers should note that these speculations take up but one chapter in a many chaptered book on early Britain.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent summary from a leading expert in the field 7. Februar 2013
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Barry Cunliffe is one of the leading lights in the study of European prehistory. This is a wonderful (and highly readable) overview of the latest thinking about the prehistory of Britain and its environment. Thorough without being boring and overly detailed, scholarly without being inaccessible, "Britain Begins" is one of the best books on prehistory and archaeology I've read in a long time. Cunliffe brings together archaeology, climatology, geology, genetics and linguistics to set out a comprehensive view of the settlement of Britain in the late Ice Age and the societies that subsequently arose there.

A particularly nice touch is that all the many maps and graphics come out very well even in the Kindle edition.

If I have one criticism, it is that I thought he was a bit uncritical of Sykes' and Oppenheimer's interpretations of the genetics. I'm no expert in the field but I know there is a bit more controversy about this area than Cunliffe's exposition suggests.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating Matter, Engaging Manner 7. Dezember 2013
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Another wonderful book from historian Barry Cunliffe, who can meld archaelogy and history into a fascinating tale better than any other writer I know. This book traces the history of the British Isles from the earliest human habitation up to the Norman Conquest. Most of the book, therefore, is based on archaelogical records rather than on written ones; it presents these so clearly that one can envision them, and shows how they suggest a pattern of history. There are a lot of unknowns, Cunliffe makes very clear, but there are also strong probabilities. Absolutely fascinating, and an engaging read as well
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Heavy on Archeology, light on synthesis and context 31. März 2014
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This book is written by an archeologist (a good one at that) and thus it covers with some detail our understanding of ancient Britain through that lens. It lacks, however, in providing additional context and generally does not provide information from other areas of study to create a fuller picture of British ancient history. The figures are typically diagrams of archeology sites, etc. It is a handsome book--beautifully put together. I disagree with describing review that it is perfect for the beginner. It has way too much archeological detail and too little contextual overview of early Britain.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful 30. August 2013
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This is a lovely book. The cover is beautiful and the paper and fonts etc are good. It is a delight to even hold and that is before you open it. Inside it is packed full of maps and diagrams as well as the information which is given clearly and in great detail by one of Britain's best archaelogists. A treasure.
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