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A History of Britain - Volume 3: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000 by [Schama, Simon]
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"Schama has a masterly ability to conjure up character and vivify conflict." (Ben Rogers Financial Times)

"He remains a master storyteller, admirably and sceptically well read in current revisionist histories, and a wonderful guide to a new history of Britain." (The Times)

"Simon Schama's A History of Britain is far more than the book of the TV series... The book is far richer and fuller, covering a huge span so economically that there is room for plenty of arresting detail... It is the sort of vivid history that keeps you awake." (Daily Mail)

"Popular history at its finest." (Sunday Express)

"A History of Britain, its text supplemented by wonderful illustrations, affords the rare joy of witnessing a scholar at the peak of his powers convincing the reader that he has a cracking good tale to tell and that he is loving every minute of the telling." (Roy Porter Literary Review)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5182 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (29 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZZX7S6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is the third in a three book series which traces what happened to the Britain, the British, and the subsequent British Empire since history was first recorded.

My grumble about the 2 previous books in the series were a bit... brief and breezy, which is something that the author acknowledges for this book, which covers the period between the time we lost the American Colonies to the year 2000.

It wasn't a bad book, but it's strange, a lot of the empire was built post 1776 (which surprised me, I just assumed it had been about longer, which it wasn't with the exception of the Americas, West Indies, and our slave related issues in Africa). So this book covers the entirety of what most British people might call "Modern Britain", and even then, it's all build up and no action. The eventual reversion back to a small country was only pretty briefly covered (in his introduction, Schama said he felt weird writing about his life as history).

The other thing that surprised me was how much of the book seemed to imply that the English thought of Wales, Scotland and Ireland as the basis of empire, rather than being equal partners, or regions of a greater entity, which is something I'd not thought of before reading this book.

All in all, it's a good read, I just suspect it could have been better if it had been split in two books as long as this book. (less)
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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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I am an old man (78), at least old enough to have precise memories of World War 2 which , as a child of a Belgian refugee family, I lived through with my mother in Cardiff. My father served as a sailor in the Royal Navy. A couple of days ago my son gave me this book as a present. Needless to say that, browsing through its 447 pages, my attention was focused on Schama's description of those dramatic and tragic days of May 1940 when the war developed to full-blown proportions. I have never read such a poignant and passionate description of Winston Churchill in his role, not just as prime minister of Britain, but above all as ultimate savior of his country. Schama, rightfully, emphasises the capital importance of Churchill's supreme command of the English language, a quality which Schama himself demonstates with impressive mastership. Every young person whose curiosity is aroused about Britain and its history during the 19th and 20th century, should read this volume.
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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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I bought the original book when it first came out and really liked - great style and tells history as a narrative where one event flows into another rather than a series of single events
BUT .. this is just a re-issue of that original book and it was very difficult to tell that from the description on Amazon
So I was disappointed as I thought it was an updated version - or a new take as it said it was published in 2009
As it was it will make a good Christmas present - but I was disapppointed as I thought it was a new title
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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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