A Shortened History of England. Front Cover. George Macaulay Trevelyan. Penguin Books, – Gran Bretaña- – Historia – pages. Trevelyan was an English historian whose work, written for the general reader as much as for the history student, shows an appreciation for the Whig traiditon in. A Shortened History of England has ratings and 17 reviews. Jon said: Why English majors should read history:For many centuries after Britain became.

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And, therefore, once the Roman conquerors had glutted their first rage for plunder, their main effort was to induce their Western subjects to assimilate Latin life in all its aspects.

A Shortened History of England

I picked up this book to learn from and not to read critically, so I can’t offer a lot of insight into Trevelyan’s integrity or originality as a scholar. The story begins almost biblically, dwelling for suspense in imaginative vistas of the virgin prehistoric land, still eternal-seeming: Parliamentary boroughs and municipal oligarchies could be as corrupt and ridiculous as they liked; it was enough that they were old.

Want to Read saving…. About George Macaulay Trevelyan. Trevelyan was the third son of Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, and great-nephew of Thomas Babington Macaulay, whose staunch liberal Whig principles he espoused in accessible works of literate narrative avoiding a consciously dispassionate analysis, that became old-fashioned during his long and productive career.

But in many respects, including his diagnosis of the permanent effects of the Industrial Revolution and technology, treveoyan is dead on. To ask other readers questions about A Shortened History of Englandplease sign up.

Sep 19, Ron rated it it was ok Shelves: Aaron rated it it was amazing Dec 09, There is no more romantic episode in the history of man than this underground growth and unconscious self-preparation of the despised island patois, destined ere long to “burst forth into sudden blaze,” to be spoken in every quarter of the globe, and to produce a literature with which only that of ancient Hellas is comparable.


In two societies so widely set apart in the circumstances and atmosphere of everyday life, it required people with imaginative faculties like Burke, Chatham and Fox to conceive what the issues looked like to ordinary men on the other side of the Atlantic. For many centuries after Britain became an island the untamed forest was king. Universities could sell degrees without holding examinations or giving instruction.

Those who enjoyed rent and tithe, composing a single governing class of the well-born, knew little of the harships of wartime.

Marcus rated it really liked it Jun 11, Trevelyan’s history is engaged and partisan. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. And the latter part of the history, from the Trevelyaan World War to the Second the book was published in get somewhat skimpier treatment, with events too trevflyan to get his full attention. One of the greatest merits of this book, however, is his ability to “Obviously not shortened enough,” was my family’s view of this book.

A Shortened History of England. G.M. Trevelyan

He traces how we were a society which was remarkably ahortened by Roman rule: At the time of their coming overland, the chalk downs of Dover and Calais were still united in a continous range; the majestic Tham I picked up this book to learn from and not to read critically, so I can’t offer a lot of insight into Trevelyan’s integrity or originality as a scholar. Their success with the Gauls was permanent, and became the starting point of modern European history.


The English upper class never became a closed caste, like the continental nobles who married only inside their own order, and despited merchants and commerce.

Read for a class at U. Cracking example of narrative history-doesn’t let a lack of sources get in the way of a great story. The social standards of the modern English schoolboy come nearest to it, as a most elementary expression of the racial character. The worship of Odin and Thor, the religion common to primitive Anglosaxon and Scandinavian, was pre-emimently a layman’s religion, a warrior’s religion, a religion of high-hearted gentlemen not overburdened with brains or troubled about their own souls.

A useful tool I always address myself to when it comes to fill the gaps of my poor historical knowledge of England and the United Kingdom.

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Schoolmasters could draw their salaries without keeping school. Meanwhile, Pitt’s Act made Trade Unions illegal, so that the workmen treveelyan it difficult, shrotened the face of hostile authority, to keep up wages in their proper relation to prices. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Refresh and try again. Date read is approximate. Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Wen men collectively are ignorant, progress is only possible through the endowment of an educated few.