Reviews of Books

The Isles: a history

Monday 13 November 2000 The Independent, Christopher Harvie
The Isles
At over 1,000 pages of text and with several tantalising supplements - illustrations, maps, tables and "capsules" - "The Isles" called for a very long train journey indeed. Dresden to Dortmund did it. At Dresden, I had been talking about contemporary Britain to Saxon civil servants, following the British Ambassador, Sir Paul Lever, who warmly quoted Norman Davies's approval of the European ideal in his "Europe: a history". The ambassador was fortunate not to have got to page 1032 this work, where Davies writes "I happen to belong to that group opinion which holds the break-up of the United Kingdom to be imminent".

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