This is just enough English history for beginning American students. The writing has a conversational flow free from condescension and the text never bogs down in a drearily defeating procession of Kings and Queens or in obscure political chronology. Rather it is a successful attempt to define and describe the English and their island. There is an essay of what an Englishman is and how the English character has puzzled and fascinated foreign commentators. The sections on history from pre-Roman Britain to the present, the physical geography of the country and the economy contribute to the sense of the many influences that affect a national image, a national character. The English view of the loss of the American colonies will be a quiet eye opener for anyone over-Revolutionized by American historians and novelists. The introduction to Parliament, its growth and influence on concepts of government, is succinct.