British Century: A Photographic History of the Last Hundred Years

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A tiger hunt in King George V's India; floggings of Burmese bandits; Charlie Chaplin's Hollywood; the coronation of Elizabeth II; the riot-torn streets of Belfast; John Lennon, looking stoned, climbing into the backseat of his Rolls-Royce at Buckingham Palace... The distinguished historian Brian Moynahan has contributed a trenchant and illuminating history of his own country, from the height of Empire - when a quarter of humanity was British-ruled and four fifths of world trade was carried in British ships - to ...
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A tiger hunt in King George V's India; floggings of Burmese bandits; Charlie Chaplin's Hollywood; the coronation of Elizabeth II; the riot-torn streets of Belfast; John Lennon, looking stoned, climbing into the backseat of his Rolls-Royce at Buckingham Palace... The distinguished historian Brian Moynahan has contributed a trenchant and illuminating history of his own country, from the height of Empire - when a quarter of humanity was British-ruled and four fifths of world trade was carried in British ships - to 1940, when the British Empire alone defied Nazi Germany, to the postwar emergence of Great Britain as the only true competitor to the United States in literature, theater, fashion, and global popular culture.
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YAAn enlightening text plus hundreds of black-and-white photographs culled from public and private collections chronicle the history of Britain from Queen Victoria to Tony Blair. Images of global empire, two world wars, work and leisure activities, pop culture, the literati, and much more call attention to the extent of British influence on our century. An engrossing visual history for anyone from passionate Anglophiles to interested browsers.
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At the turn of the century, the British Empire was at its height of power and glory, ruling over fully one quarter of the world's population. From such lofty heights, descent was inevitable; but over the next hundred years, the British accomplished the distasteful business of retreat with their customary skill, dignity, and gracious good manners. Tapping into worldwide photo archives to present an illuminating portrait of a great nation, this book documents the highlights of British life in the 1900s. It captures the subtle distinctions of class that never quite disappeared from society; tracing the triumphs and tagedies of the beleaguered royals through scandals, political setbacks, and a well-publicized abdication. It further chronicles the indomitable British spirit through two devastataing world wars, myriad financial woes, the "Swinging Sixties," and a socio-political revolution that has literally swung the country from one end of the political spectrum to the other. 9" x 12". Black-and-white photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760718742
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/5/1999
  • Pages: 304

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