The Celts (Paperback)

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The Celts (Paperback)

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Who were the Celts? Were they a people, a civilisation, an empire, or a fiction of historical imagination? They flit as ghosts through Europe's ancient past, purported ancestors of the Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Cornish and Bretons. Yet they have never been identified with any one land, or with any one history or language. Simon Jenkins argues compellingly that the 'Celts' is a misleading concept, bundling together quite distinct peoples. The word keltoi first appears in Greek, applied generally to aliens or 'barbarians' - and theories of Celticism continue to fuel many of the prejudices and misconceptions that divide the British Isles to this day. Fascinating and increasingly relevant, who the Celts were - or weren't - goes to the heart of the ongoing argument over the future of a dis-United Kingdom.
Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling A Short History of England, also published by Profile, A Short History of Europe and many other bestsellers. Until 2014, he was chairman of the National Trust. A former editor of The Times and Evening Standard, he is a columnist for the Guardian.
Product Details ISBN: 9781788168816
ISBN-10: 178816881X
Publisher: Ips - Profile Books
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English