History of the English People, Volume VI A Short History of the English People is a book written by English historian John Richard Green. First printed in 1874",it is a history, not of English Kings or English Conquests, but of the English People. The book was started in 1869 when Green was given only six months to live after being hit hard by disease that had plagued him throughout life. Only having around 800 pages to write on, he had to leave out much of the information he wanted to include. Green intentionally left out the battles of England feeling they did not play a big role in the formation of the nation.