England, Land of Lost Content

England has been conflated with Britain for so long that unravelling English history from that of its Celtic neighbours is a difficult task. Paul Lay considers recent histories of England and its people.

This is part three of a four-part series about Britain's history. See also: Cymru am byth? and Scotland: A Truer Picture

A Southern Railways poster from the 1930s lauds the 'Garden of England'.The best place to begin to grasp the nation’s complicated past is the New Oxford History of England, which replaced the collection edited by George Clark, completed after 30 years in 1965. It has the virtue of an inconsistency of voice that suits the complexities and contentions of English history.

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