A History of Britain: The Fate of Empire, 1776-2000

A History of Britain: The Fate of Empire, 1776-2000

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by Simon Schama
     
 

Simon Schama's magisterial new book encompasses over 1,500 years of Britain's history, from the first Roman invasions of the early seventeenth century, and the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Schama, the author of the highly acclaimed Citizens and The Embarrassment of Riches, is one of the most popular and celebrated historians of our day, and… See more details below

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Simon Schama's magisterial new book encompasses over 1,500 years of Britain's history, from the first Roman invasions of the early seventeenth century, and the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Schama, the author of the highly acclaimed Citizens and The Embarrassment of Riches, is one of the most popular and celebrated historians of our day, and in this magnificent work he brings history to dramatic life with a wealth of stories and vivid, colorful detail, reanimating familiar figures and events and drawing them skillfully into a powerful and compelling narrative.

Schama's perspective moves from the birth of civilization to the Norman Conquest; through the religious wars and turbulence of the Middle Ages to the sovereignties of Henry II, Richard I and King John; through the outbreak of the Black Death, which destroyed nearly half of Europe's population, through the reign of Edward I and the growth of national identity in Wales and Scotland, to the intricate conflicts of the Tudors and the clash between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.

Driven by the drama of the stories themselves but exploring at the same time a network of interconnected themes—the formation of a nation state, the cyclical nature of power, the struggles between the oppressors and the oppressed—this is a superbly readable and illuminating account of a great nation, and its extraordinary history.

Simon Schama is the author of The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Landscape and Memory and, most recently, Rembrandt's Eyes. He is currently Old Dominion Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. The second installment of his epic history of Britain is due to be published in April 2001.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786868995
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Publication date:
12/18/2002
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

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