The Shaping of the Celtic World: And the Resurgence of the Celtic Consciousness in the 19Th and 20Th Centuries

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iUniverse, Nov 8, 2011 - History - 308 pages
The Shaping of the Celtic World traces the rise and decline of the great Celtic peoples. Ranging from prehistoric to modern times, it undertakes an examination of Celtic civilization, revealing a proud and independent society with its unique history, mythology, pantheon of gods, literature, and artistry. The romance of Celtic mythology is unsurpassed. It introduces us to many intriguing legends, of which the battles between the gods and giants are most alluring.

Emerging in the 6th century BC, the Celts conquered and settled the greater part of Europe, laying the foundation for western civilization. Their contribution in shaping the modern world cannot be underestimated. As Europe languished in the barbarism of the Dark Ages, the great heritage of Western Europe was endangered of being entirely lost but for the Celtic monks of Ireland and Britain who scribed and illuminated Europes treasury of literature.

The book is written for the millions who proudly identify with their Celtic rootsknown today by their ethnic identities as Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Mann, Breton, and Cornish. This concise yet user-friendly guide to ancient European history will be enjoyed by a variety of readers including students, travelers, history enthusiasts, and those interested in their Celtic origins.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Chapter IIOrigin and Characteristics of the Celts
10
Chapter IIIPreCeltic Europe
24
Chapter IVHallstatt and La Tène Cultures
33
Chapter VCeltic Military Expansion
45
Chapter VIThe Fall of the Celtic Realms
59
Chapter VIICeltic Britain
78
Chapter VIIIPostRoman Britain
95
Chapter XIICeltic Deities and Traditions
159
Chapter XIIIDruids and Druidism
177
Chapter XIVInfluence of Christianity
194
Chapter XVCeltic Art and Literature
215
Chapter XVIStruggle for Change
231
Chapter XVIIFlowering of Celtic Literary Artistry
242
Chapter XVIIIConclusion
262
About the Author
265

Chapter IXCeltic Ireland Beyond the Mists
111
Chapter XPreChristian Ireland
122
Chapter XICeltic Mythological Tradition
137
Chronology
267
Bibliography
269
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About the author (2011)

Patrick Lavin is a Celtic history enthusiast who spends his retirement years doing research and writing about the ancient Celts. He has seven published books to his credit, including The Celtic World. Originally from Ireland, Patrick resides in Tucson, Arizona, and is a member of the Society of Southwest Authors.

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