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A History of Britain - Volume 3: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000
 
 

A History of Britain - Volume 3: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000 [Kindle Edition]

Simon Schama
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The third book in Simon Schama's acclaimed three-volume journey into Britain's past.

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'While Britain was losing an empire, it was finding itself...' The compelling opening words to The Fate of the Empire, set the tone and agenda for the final stage of Simon Schama's epic voyage around Britain, her people and her past. Spanning two centuries, crossing the breadth of the empire and covering a vast expanse of topics - from the birth of feminism to the fate of freedom - he explores the forces that shaped British culture and character from 1776 to 2000.



The story opens on the eve of a bloody revolution, but not a British one. The French Revolution never quite crossed the Channel, though its spirit of fiery defiance and Romantic idealism did, sparking off a round of radical revolts and reforms that gathered momentum over the coming century - from the Irish Rebellion to the Chartist Petition. The great question of the Victorian century was how the world's first industrial society could come through its growing pains without falling apart in social and political conflict. Would the machine age destroy or strengthen the institutions that held Britain together, from the family to the farm? And if the British Empire helped to make Britain stable and rich, did it live up to its promise to help the ruled as well as the rulers? On the way to answering these questions, The Fate of the Empire makes stops at both celebrations, like the Great Exhibition, and catastrophes, like the Irish potato famine and the Indian Mutiny. Amidst the military and economic shocks and traumas of the 20th century, and through the voices of Churchill, Orwell and H. G. Wells, it asks the question that is still with us - is the immense weight of our history a blessing or a curse, a gift or a millstone around the neck of our future?



It is a vast compelling epic, made more so by the lively storytelling and big bold characters at the heart of the action. But alongside flamboyant heroes, like Nelson and Churchill, Schama recalls unsung heroines and virtually unknown enemies. Alongside the grand ideas, he exposes the grand illusions that cost untold lives. Schama looks head on at the facts and asks, 'What went wrong with the liberal dream?' The answers emerge in The Fate of the Empire, which reveals the living ideals of Britain's long history, 'a history that tied together social justice with bloody-minded liberty'.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3304 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (29 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZZX7S6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and the prize-winning author of fourteen books, which have been translated into twenty languages. They include The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; the History of Britain trilogy and Rough Crossings, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written widely on music, art, politics and food for the Guardian, Vogue and the New Yorker. His award-winning television work as writer and presenter for the BBC stretches over two decades and includes the fifteen-part A History of Britain and the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art. The American Future: A History appeared on BBC2 in autumn 2008.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 14 Jun 2014
By sandy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
its a great read all the books are good to read and its the history of my England nothing else to say all three book
are first class a insight into life well done Simon Schama and a big thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complelling series 9 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The entire series is cleverly constructed with a flowing and easily absorbed narrative. Clearly by the third (if not the second) book the story had reached far beyond kings and queens and their various intrigues. Instead the author cleverly picks out key characters or circumstances both well known and seemingly insignificant to give flavour and context to the age. The juxtaposition of Orwell and Churchill is particularly insightful as not only do they seem so far apart at first glance but also so very close together at their most basic level. In essence this is what is to be British; to have divergent views and ways of life and yet in our hearts we hold dear a tradition of democracy and mutual dependency. The case the author makes for keeping the United Kingdom in the face of a potential split by Scotland is fundamental. A good read, never a dull moment and while anyone could argue for all the various omissions would such an encyclopaedic book capture the spirit and vitality (warts and all) of Britain as well? - I doubt it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Schama 13 Nov 2010
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As a Simon Schama fan I was delighted to receive my copy of his "History of Britain" Vol.3 which brings me 'bang up-to-date' with my British History. I really appreciate Schama's effectively simple but explicit style of presenting history.
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