"On the plus side, as one would expect, this is a true 'Oxford History', a treasure trove of information, research and scholarship. Every reader will find something for his or her delight. Readers will also discover things at which to cavil. Its chief defect is that it already has a slightly dated feel. In addressing the concerns of the previous generation, and benefiting from its scholarship, the editors do not always look forward to future preoccupations."Canny, Nicholas is the author of 'Oxford History of the British Empire The Origins of Empire British Overseas Enterprise to the Close of the Seventeenth Century', published 2001 under ISBN 9780199246762 and ISBN 0199246769.