A Social History of England by Asa Briggs

By Asa Briggs

Ranging commonly over the years and position, Asa Briggs highlights continuities and adjustments in society in England from prehistory to the current day. Literature, paintings and politics are investigated as features and gauges of human event, study in comparable disciplines is mentioned and adjustments in old interpretations defined. the writer additionally deals his personal, own, view of social historical past.

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Iron technology, introduced from continental Europe, was development at least equal in there is to that of the Greeks and Romans, and although continuing argument about whether or not inhabitants by migrants from outside the island, was 'imposed' on previous it seems clear that society was more it fragmented. There have been important archaeological finds in the east of Yorkshire revealing direct foreign influence half a millennium before the and west of England pastoral peoples seem homesteads, Bridle bits and harness from the Polden rings Hills, Midlands and in the east Romans.

Also surprisingly, bits hill forts. - and implements - were being produced invasion. Not evidence too, and horse-gear could be elaborate with bridle There were terret rings. the in Some were handsomely England 600 years before in They decorated. suggest a society in which fighting was common. Iron technology, introduced from continental Europe, was development at least equal in there is to that of the Greeks and Romans, and although continuing argument about whether or not inhabitants by migrants from outside the island, was 'imposed' on previous it seems clear that society was more it fragmented.

Pigs and of co-operation between neighbours, comes from in strips in Some grazing on pasture and waste land. cattle farmers were were most prized, sheep provided milk, meat and wool. were ubiquitous, but there were few goat herds. Arable farming - mainly of wheat and barley - itself depended on animals, not only ploughing did not become common for power but for fertilization. Hea\y until the tenth century. While settlement continued, there were ebbs and flows of power between one part of the country and another as different kingdoms, some of them British, batded with each other in contests for supremacy which the seventeenth-century poet John Milton was to call the 'wars of kites and crows".

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