By Simon Jenkins
Which conflict was once fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and while - was once the conflict of the Bulge?
In A brief background of England, bestselling writer Simon Jenkins solutions these types of questions - and plenty of extra - as he tells the tumultuous tale of a desirable kingdom. From the invaders of the darkish a long time to today's coalition, through the Tudors, the Stuarts and international wars, Jenkins weaves jointly a gripping narrative with all of the most crucial and engaging dates in his personal inimitable type.
Until now there was no brief heritage of britain protecting all major occasions, subject matters and participants: this bestselling e-book, released in organization with the nationwide belief, often is the commonplace paintings for years yet to come.
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To put it more truthfully, the whole world has died with one City. 32 Rome’s fall, however, did not bring down the empire (indeed its impact on eastern provinces like Palestine was minimal). The longer-term Chris- tian response to the disaster therefore had to be more subtle and sustained than Jerome’s initial shock, particularly because the pagans now, not unreasonably, attributed Roman failure to the abandonment by the State of the empire’s traditional gods, who for centuries had provided so much security and success.
Unfortunately these sources are, without exception, so laconic that scholars have been able to diﬀer widely in their understanding of who exactly these people were, and what they wanted. They used to be seen, when Marxism was in vogue, as oppressed peasants and slaves in revolt—a sign that the imperial system was rotten through and through. Currently they tend to be viewed as local self-help groups from much higher up the social scale, struggling to defend themselves and their interests in diﬃcult times.
Military expenditure was by far the largest item in the imperial budget, and there were no other massive departments of state, such as ‘Health’ or ‘Education’, whose spending could be cut when necessary in order to protect ‘Defence’; nor did the credit mechanisms exist in Antiquity that would have allowed the empire to borrow substantial sums of money in an emergency. 15 Until fairly recently it was believed that the entire economy of the empire was in severe decline during the third and fourth centuries, with a falling population and much land going out of use: two things that would undoubtedly have weakened Rome’s tax base, and hence its military capability, long before the period of invasions.
A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins