A History of Britain (2000)

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A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles.

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A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles.

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29 October 2001 (USA)  »

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I istoria tis M. Vretanias  »

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lol Slanted view of Britain
13 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Host is maybe the dorkiest guy ever to host a documentary. But that is OK!

Make no mistake this is a history of Britain, produced by Britain, wrote by a Brit, and hosted by a Brit, and therefore it is a pretty biased view of their History. Lots of justifications without a debate, lots of claims of Divine Right. Also I believe this entire documentary is made for Brit's. For example there is a lot of "we" and "us" phrased in the hosts remarks, as if he is speaking to his fellow countrymen.

But I rented this knowing that I would get a favorable depiction of their history. I rented this as a starting point, because I knew nothing of early British history. So it is good so far. I have seen volumes 1-5, and think that if you, the viewer, are looking for a very basic starting point to investigate British History this is a good place to start, but I also feel if this was peer reviewed by Historians they would be up in arms about the slanted view they portrayed.

Plus, that host, Simon, reminds me of the perfect little schoolboy that sits at the front of class, never had a date in his life...just an all-around suck-up. His head swivels so much when he talks you would think he gets neck cramps after each take. But like I said earlier, I kind of like this. He is funny at times, and I think enjoyable overall. It just might seem dry to some, but that shouldn't be a big surprise.

Overall an enjoyable experience. But do not take it too, too seriously.

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