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Roman Britain (Oxford History of England) Hardcover – September 17, 1981

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ISBN-13: 978-0198217176 ISBN-10: 019821717X Edition: 1st

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"An immensely impressive work. The judiciousness of tone and thoroughness of coverage inspire such confidence that it is hard to imagine that this will not be the standard account for the next generation or so."--History


"Bound to become the standard general work on the subject. Recommended for all college and larger public libraries."--Choice


"The most reliable survey to which we can now turn for the history of events in Britain from the invasions of Caesar to the fifth century."--Virginia Quarterly Review


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  • Series: Oxford History of England (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 17, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019821717X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198217176
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.3 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Every now and then an historical book comes along that changes the way one looks at history. Peter Salway's Roman Britain does just that. He gets past a lot of the speculation people have about historical "forces" and looks at a portion of history that is skipped over as irrelevant in terms of the choices people made and the consequences of those choices. He shows Roman Britain to be one of the many "pivotal" parts of British history and an interesting one as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Evans on December 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While I will use Salway's admittedly exhaustive work for reference often, I will never feel the compulsion to read significant parts of it again. To his credit, Salway has obviously poured a lifetime's work into this volume and as a factual presentation to be used like a dictionary, it is second to none. What is sacrificed so that this can be achieved, however, is significant and cannot be overlooked in any book which professes to be about history. This book epitomizes the problem with self-consciously highbrow historical studies in our present day and age. History is, in effect, regarded as existing in a vacuum. Because, we are told, mankind is continually changing,and our modern methods of research are improving, history should be less a moral teacher, and more an objective study of pure facts. What, then is the purpose of studying history? If it is merely for curiosity's sake, or to make limited comparisons between our time and former times, then it is superfluous and the product of an age that has little better to do. Is history something more? Can we identify in historical figures actual human beings like ourselves, who, regardless of "societal peculiarities" had the same needs, desires, flaws and weaknesses? This is the purpose of the study of the past. Certainly it should strive to be objective, but only with the realization that nothing that is done by human being can be entirely objective, it's impossible.
This book seeks to take this latter position, consciously or not, and consequently fails in important respects, and fails badly. As a result of lacking any clear purpose or genuine passion, the text it extremely dull and lifeless. Eloquence, presumably viewed as being unnecessary in an objective volume, is nonexistent and the readability suffers because of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2013
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A lifetime of research and thought has gone into this book. I wanted (for once) to pick ONE book on a subject to read, instead of stumbling through a lot of lesser books to get to the gem. Everyone said this was the one. I can't imagine one any better, the detail is stunning (to the point of numbing at times) but the text is lively enough for a scholarly type work. I bought both this book and the Illustrated History of Roman Britain by Oxford at the same time, and I was delighted to see that they complemented each other perfectly. I can read the text a while, then go back and look at the pictures. I can find maps quickly, without searching the net. At the prices they bring on the used book market, you need to buy both.
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By Ravindra M.R.S.Naidu on February 3, 2014
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Factual, contents are well researched - read it to gain a better understanding of UK development as the British Empire - I am want to collect the entire 15 volumes - one by one - a set to immerse yourself for the words, language and content - it is indeed an Oxford product - true to its value.
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