History of Britain, Volume 3: The Fate of Empire 1776-2002

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Simon Schama's dramatic, broad ranging, and immensely engaging history of Britain reaches its triumphant conclusion in this final volume, which stretches from the American Revolution to the present.

Despite being the first industrial society, the powerhouse of westernization, the first emancipator of slaves, Britain used conquest and coercion to become a globalizing power. At its height, what Schama calls the "empire of good intentions", Britain controlled a quarter of the ...

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Overview

Simon Schama's dramatic, broad ranging, and immensely engaging history of Britain reaches its triumphant conclusion in this final volume, which stretches from the American Revolution to the present.

Despite being the first industrial society, the powerhouse of westernization, the first emancipator of slaves, Britain used conquest and coercion to become a globalizing power. At its height, what Schama calls the "empire of good intentions", Britain controlled a quarter of the world's population. But instead of nurturing its wards in freedom and prosperity, it presided over the famines and religious furies that would undo its power.

At the same time, Britain was discovering itself, beginning with the Romantic genereation in the wilds of Scotland and Wales. During Queen Victoria's long reign, previously invisible and inaudible Britons-woman, the working class, the colonized-found their voice and demanded their share. In the twentieth century, Britain's sense of historical isolation collapsed before the engulfing reality of two world wars.

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Simon Schama escorts readers through the tumultuous first 1,500 years of British history, much as he did onscreen as the host of the well-received History Channel miniseries. The journey stops along the way at such notable landmarks as the Norman Conquest, the Middle Ages, the horrors of the Black Death, and the seemingly endless Tudor conflicts. Schama, currently Old Dominion Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, knows how to make the journey an educational yet entertaining one.
Roy Porter
My literary discovery of the year...British history made so playful and seen through the eyes of today.
Los Angeles Times
NY Times Book Review
Schama's narrative is magnificent.
Hollywood Reporter
The History of Britain is enriched by grand language, the scenery of events, amazing truths, and wonderful, almost poetic imagery.
Washington Post
Schama, a master of big-picture topical narrative...marshals a wide range of material...handsome illustrations abound.
The New Republic
Schama's style is as assertive, zappy and peremptory as ever, with an added spice of devil-may-care-colloquillism...brave and ambitious.
—(Dec. 4, 2000)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One suspects that Schama harbors a secret desire to be the Venerable Bede, whom he describes as a "consummate English story-teller, an artful retailer of wonders, a writer of brilliantly imaginative prose." In earlier works on the French Revolution (Citizens) and the golden age of Holland (The Embarrassment of Riches), he perfected his balance: market appeal is never sacrificed to condescension. This new volume is a model of literate elegance, enlivened by good humor and bursts of pugilistic directness: "The Faerie had warts all right," he writes of Elizabeth I. His task is not easy: British national identity is no longer axiomatic. Schama steers away from a Churchillian litany of patriotic glories, and from the revisionist pieties of the Left. In practice, this means, that unlike Landscape and Memory and Dead Certainties, this is not a work of great conceptual boldness. Its strengths lie rather in the detail. From his opening chapter, in which a prehistoric Orkney community is described as a "seaside village," Schama is ever alert to the unexpected. We learn that Hadrian's wall, far from being an impregnable fence, was designed to control the flow of men and goods; that Saint Patrick was not Irish (he was "a Romano-British aristocrat" by birth); and that the Battle of Hastings, at six hours, was one of the longest of battles in medieval history. His book has all the hallmarks that he admires in Bede, his medieval forebear: vigor of language, the capacity to evoke and clear-eyed common sense. (Oct.) market. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
Renowned historian Schama has done it again with the third and final volume of this magnificent work, displaying his gift for combining scholarship and grace in a highly accessible narrative. Schama begins with the French Revolution and the "back to nature" philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau that made such an indelible impression on Britain. Radicals such as Tom Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft demanded revolutionary changes to Britain's oligarchic government. The big question on everyone's lips was: Would Britain experience European-style, violent revolution? As Schama makes clear, Britain settled for incrementalism instead. Schama examines the omnipresent urge for political and social reform by devoting much of the middle part of the book to the evolving role of women. He gives us an array of Victorian female pioneers, from photographer Julia Margaret Cameron to Dr. Elizabeth Garrett, who were part of a network of social reformers seeking to ameliorate the lives of the poor. This reformist, "civilizing mission" also spread to the empire, as exemplified here by Thomas Babington Macaulay, who believed the British would eradicate poverty and ignorance in India. The natives, however, often held a differing view of British "civilization." Schama skillfully describes the 1857 Sepoy Revolt in India, and also depicts the horrors of massive famines there and in Ireland. Looking at the last century's gradual decolonization and imperial decline, Schama masterfully recounts the lives of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who he says personify Britain's "difficult" 20th century. Schama has written a delightfully readable book that should be mandatory for anyone interested in British history. Color and b&w illus. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Readers should not be daunted by the ambitious timeframe of this first installment of Schama's (Rembrandt's Eyes) two-volume, popular history of Britain, which will accompany the History Channel's upcoming seven-part series. The author makes quick work of 3000 years of pre-Roman Britain, dispensing with the Iron Age in the first seven pages (roughly the same amount of space he grants the far racier trial and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots). This anecdote-driven narrative, complemented by 150 full-color illustrations and unencumbered by footnotes, steps on such familiar stones as the Norman Conquest, the War of the Roses, the Reformation, and the reign of Elizabeth I, whose death closes the account. Schama depicts a Roman encampment along Hadrian's Wall and the effects of the Black Death on 14th-century society, yet his eye is invariably drawn to the monarchy and nobility, whose deeds he describes in an engaging manner that only occasionally misfires (e.g., of Henry VIII, he notes that "you could practically smell the testosterone"). It is Schama's compelling, popular style, rather than new scholarship, that distinguishes this work from Michael Wood's In Search of England: Journeys into England's Past (Univ. of California, 2000) or Roy Strong's The Story of Britain (LJ 3/1/00), and the TV series will ensure demand. The second volume, A History of Britain: The Fate of Empire, is due in the spring of 2001. Recommended for public and academic libraries. (Index not seen.)--Richard Koss, "Library Journal" Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559277662
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 7 cassettes, 11 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.28 (h) x 2.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Schama

Simon Schama has taught history at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard universities. Now professor of art history and history at Columbia University, Schama is also the award-winning author of The Embarrassment of Riches, Rembrandt's Eyes, A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World, and A History of Britain:The Wars of the British.

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