英格蘭歷史史學專家Robert Tombs最震撼人心的歷史書，為讀者解析英國如何從一個貿易之國的崛起，以及帝國主義時代的衰敗。英國這個民族最初的存在只是一個概念，在這之前他們沒有一個首領，甚至連居住的地方都沒有名稱，但自從這個概念開始，英國就開始生生不息直到今日。作者將透過本書，敘述此民族的歷史發展，證明英國足以稱為最古老的國家。這本書描述了英國人的歷史及意義，作者Robert Tombs描繪出貫穿整個英國歷史的清晰脈絡，包括語言、法律、宗教、土地與海洋、以及與其他民族的關係，而英國人又是如何透過這些聯繫來了解自己的悠遠及複雜的歷史背景。
The English first materialized as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. From the armed Saxon bands that descended onto Roman-controlled Britain in the fifth century to the travails of the Eurozone plaguing the prime-ministership of today's multicultural England, acclaimed historian Robert Tombs presents a momentous and challenging history of a people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in existence.
Drawing on a wealth of recent scholarship, Tombs sheds light on the strength and resilience of English governance, the deep patterns of division among the people who have populated the British Isles, the persistent capacity of the English to come together in the face of danger, and not the least the ways the English have understood their own history, have argued about it, forgotten it and yet been shaped by it. Momentous and definitive, The English and Their History is the first single-volume work on this scale for more than half a century.