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A People's History of England by A.L.Morton-His Note About the Book

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A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF ENGLAND by A.L.MORTON

HIS NOTE ABOUT THE BOOK

IN SPITE OF ITS TITLE, THIS BOOK IS NOT SO MUCH A HISTORY OF ENGLAND AS AN ESSAY IN HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION.

IT SETS OUT TO GIVE THE READER A GENERAL IDEA OF THE MAIN LINES OF THE MOVEMENT OF OUR HISTORY,AND TO DO THIS A MASS OF DETAIL HAS BEEN SACRIFICED AND EVENTS OF CONSIDERABLE IMPORTANCE HAVE BEEN OF NECESSITY OMITTED OR RECEIVED THE MOST CURSORY TREATMENT.

FURTHER, IT IS INTENDED FOR THE GENERAL READER RATHER THAN THE SPECIALIST, AND MAKES NO PRETENCE OF BEING THE  RESULT OF ORIGINAL RESEARCH:

IT WOULD, INDEED, BE QUITE IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY ONE WRITER TO ATTEMPT TO COVER THE WHOLE FIELD OF ENGLISH HISTORY IN SUCH A WAY.

WHATEVER VALUE THIS MAY HAVE MUST LIE RATHER IN THE INTERPRETATION THAN THE NOVELTY OF THE WORK IT PRESENTS.

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