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The adventurers and merchants (as well as the poets and playwrights) of the Elizabethan age are legendary. This work by the eminent historian A. L. Rowse argues that, under Elizabeth I, England began its expansion and eventual enormous impact upon the world. In this era, England amplifed its ideas and influence on international affairs and it also expanded physically into Cornwall and Ireland, made first contact with Russia and the Canadian North, and opened trade with India and the Far East. This new edition includes an introduction by Michael Portillo.
|I||The Borderlands: The Scottish Borders and Cornwall||1|
|II||The Borderlands: Wales||45|
|III||Ireland: A Celtic Society in Decline||90|
|IV||Ireland: Colonisation and Conquest||126|
|VII||The Sea-Struggle with Spain||238|
|VIII||The Armada and After||266|
|IX||War on Land: Military Organisation||327|
|X||Intervention in the Netherlands||374|
|XI||The Irish War||415|
Posted November 4, 2002
Partial history of England during its time of colonial expansion into Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Largely relies on anecdotes to explain historical trends. Tiresome in its expansionist apologetics; the author gives reason after reason why it was necessary and inevitable that England should bear out its civilization by taking others under its control. Irksome in the author's subdued racism. However, a fascinating look at an important time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.