Vanished Kingdoms, How Nations Rise and Fall
HISTORY 2012 PAPER 720 PAGES
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year, this history recounts the rise and decline of 14 all-but-forgotten European kingdoms and nation states -- Aragon, Etruria, Galicia and Byzantion, among others. Even residents of present-day Britain or France are unlikely to have heard of Alt Clud, a kingdom in present-day Scotland, or of the various kingdoms of Burgundia, which regularly vanished and reappeared around the map of west-central Europe. With an excellent historical perspective on how countries rise, mature and disappear.