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A Short History of the English People

A Short History of the English People is a book written by English historian John Richard Green. Published in 1874, "it is a history, not of English Kings or English Conquests, but of the English People."[1]

A Short History of the English People
AuthorJohn Richard Green
PublisherThe Macmillan Company
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages872 pp

Background and receptionEdit

Green began work on the book in 1869, having been given only six months to live after being hit hard by disease that had plagued him throughout his life.[citation needed] Only having around 800 pages to write on, he had to leave out much of what he wanted to include.[citation needed] Green intentionally left out the battles of England feeling they did not play a big role in the formation of the nation.[citation needed] His new ideas, and omission of information that others felt important, meant Green was criticized by other historians as well as the people close to him.[citation needed]

Others thought highly of the book, including Francis Adams, who used quotations from the book in his poem The Peasants' Revolt.[2]


  1. ^ Green, John Richard (1902). A Short History of the English People. I. London: Macmillan. p. xxiv.
  2. ^ Adams, Francis (1910). Songs of the Army of the Night (PDF). London: A. C. Fifield.


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