Atlantic Celts: Ancient People Or Modern Invention

Atlantic Celts Ancient People Or Modern Invention The Celtic peoples hold a fundamental place in the British national conscious ness In this book Simon James surveys ancient and modern ideas of the Celts and challenges them in the light of revolution

  • Title: Atlantic Celts: Ancient People Or Modern Invention
  • Author: SimonJames
  • ISBN: 9780299166748
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Celtic peoples hold a fundamental place in the British national conscious ness In this book Simon James surveys ancient and modern ideas of the Celts and challenges them in the light of revolutionary new thinking on the Iron Age peoples of Britain Examining how ethnic and national identities are constructed, he presents an alternative history of the British Isles, prThe Celtic peoples hold a fundamental place in the British national conscious ness In this book Simon James surveys ancient and modern ideas of the Celts and challenges them in the light of revolutionary new thinking on the Iron Age peoples of Britain Examining how ethnic and national identities are constructed, he presents an alternative history of the British Isles, proposing that the idea of insular Celtic identity is really a product of the rise of nationalism in the eighteenth century He considers whether the Celticness of the British Isles is a romantic, even politically dangerous, falsification of history, with implications for the debate on self government for the Celtic regions of the United Kingdom.

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    1. After reading the disaster that was Where Troy Once Stood, I thought the end of poorly researched "scholarship" books published by "respectable" presses had come to an end. I was mistaken, as Miriam pointed me towards this shameful work. I am so glad I've read a lot of scholarship about world history, and grew up in a family that educated me in all these stuff, because I feel a lot of the praise that came for these two books derives from a lack of understanding of a more clear and concise world [...]

    2. Extremely poor scholarship by someone who for some reason wants to prove there are no Celtic people, but who doesn't seem to know anything about formation of race or ethnicity, or construction of group identities. (Main argument: ancient people did not use the term "Celt" so there must not have been any.)

    3. As summer reading for a Uni Module in the coming semester, I had high expectations. Students can’t be too greedy and demand that every text book be engaging, but they should at least be accessible and well-written… Unfortunately, Simon James has fallen a little far of this mark.I should have guessed from the title ‘Or Modern Invention’ that this book would not be presenting the archaeological pro and con evidence I expected. Written in 1999, that the ‘Celts’ as a unified culture did [...]

    4. "For the evidence seems quite clear that no one in Britain or Ireland called themselves a 'Celt' or 'Celtic' before 1700. . . . Of course, the terms 'Celt' and 'Celtic' were used in Antiquity, by Greek and Roman authors to describe certain 'barbarian' neighbours and in less certain ways by some such people of themselves. But they were used strictly of continental peoples; the islanders had different names. . . . No early Irish or Welsh source, nor any Greek or Roman author before them, ever call [...]

    5. I read this because I want to write a paper on the hypotheses of the origins of the "Celts", and I honestly am confused on what Simon James is trying to say in this book.- The Celts as a people are a mythduh? The people who speak a Celtic language come from different tribes and lands- Not all the people who spoke a Celtic language had the same cultural art style.n duh? See my comment above.- While the Ancient Celts are a myth, the people who now consider themselves Celts are just as valid as peo [...]

    6. A popular and controversial book which argues that "Celtic" as an identity is a creation of modern historians.

    7. I had started this book once before and came back to it as the ideas were something I wanted to learn more about. Anyone who is seriously interested in the Celts, both the historical and archaeological aspects should read this book. I thought the argument was sound but I was disappointed there was not a more concrete solution offered. It left me wanting the conversation to continue.

    8. Seems like a radical new idea, but it makes a lot of sense given what I know. This book could have been far longer.Bad effect: I am now mildly annoyed whenever I hear the word Celtic.

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