The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
By (author) Barry Cunliffe
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Celts: A Very Short Introduction by Barry Cunliffe
Book DescriptionSavage and bloodthirsty, or civilized and peaceable? The Celts have long been a subject of enormous fascination, speculation, and misunderstanding. From the ancient Romans to the present day, their real nature has been obscured by a tangled web of preconceived ideas and stereotypes. Barry Cunliffe seeks to reveal this fascinating people for the first time, using an impressive range of evidence, and exploring subjects such as trade, migration, and the evolution of Celtic traditions. Along the way, he exposes the way in which society's needs have shaped our visions of the Celts, and examines such colourful characters as St Patrick, Cu Chulainn, and Boudica. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192804181
(174mm x 110mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Barry Cunliffe
Druids: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (May 2010)
The Druids have been known and discussed for over 2,000 years; few figures flit so elusively through history. Enigmatic and puzzling, the lack of knowledge about them has resulted in a wide spectrum of interpretations. Barry Cunliffe examines their origins, the evidence for their beliefs and practices, and how we interpret them today.
Historical Atlas of the Celtic World, Paperback (September 2009)
In a series of 54 full-colour maps covering 3,000 years and spanning the whole of Europe, this book comprehensively charts the dramatic history of the Celts from their origins in the Bronze Age to their present-day diaspora. It deals with the Continental Celts, the Atlantic Celts and the modern Celts and their state of culture.
Iron Age Communities in Britain, Paperback (August 2009)
Takes into account the significant developments that have moulded the discipline.
Oxford Handbook of Archaeology, Hardback (March 2009)» View all books by Barry Cunliffe
The Handbook, written by 35 leading experts, provides an authoritative guide to the full range of archaeological activities past and present. It will give the reader a sense of the history of the subject and of the main theoretical debates, as well as a taste of the excitement generated by archaeological exploration.
UK Kirkus Review » One of the latest additions to OUP's 'Very Short Introduction' series, The Celts continues the series' success in producing informative, comprehensive and immensely readable guides to a huge variety of subjects. Each book in this series is written by an acknowledged expert in the field, and Cunliffe is no exception. He has published widely on Celtish history, and one cannot help but be impressed by the depth of knowledge he brings to this book: although his speciality is archaeology, he includes chapters on etymology and cultural history amongst others. Anyone wanting a guide to the mishmash of ideas and culture that is present-day 'celtishness' will not find what they want here - this is a serious but readable look at the historical facts. Cunliffe argues that our ideas of a Celtic heritage encompassing the Irish, Welsh, Scots and Bretons in fact reflect only small facets of a people that existed for many centuries over a geographical area that stretched into Eastern Europe and Spain. Cunliffe begins the book by recounting how he was contacted by an American alcoholic, who said that since reading one of Cunliffe's books he had realized that his alcoholism was attributable to his Scottish roots, and was therefore something to be celebrated! Celtic history is full of controversies, not least because - and Cunliffe is happy to admit this - the evidence for some of the claims he makes is very scarce. To his credit, the author allows that there are interpretations of the evidence other than the ones he suggests. Although some of the detailed historical evidence can become confusing at times for the lay reader, Cunliffe writes clearly and entertainingly. The Celts is to be recommended to anyone who enjoys a bit of cultural iconoclasm, and it serves as a fascinating introduction to a hotly debated part of history. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Barry Cunliffe
Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. He has excavated widely in Western Europe and is currently working in Spain, Brittany, and Wessex. His research interests have recently focussed especially on the importance of the Atlantic sea routes to European prehistory and history. His books include The Celtic World, The Ancient Celts, Prehistoric Europe, Facing the Ocean, and The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek. He is a Trustee of the British Museum.
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