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Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire Paperback – 3 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New Ed edition (3 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571194672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571194674
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jan Morris was born in 1926 of a Welsh father and an English mother, and when she is not travelling she lives with her partner Elizabeth Morris in the top left-hand corner of Wales, between the mountains and the sea. Her books include Coronation Everest, Venice, The Pax Britannica Trilogy (Heaven's Command, Pax Britannica, and Farewell the Trumpets), and Conundrum. She is also the author of six books about cities and countries, two autobiographical books, several volumes of collected travel essays and the unclassifiable Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere. A Writer's World, a collection of her travel writing and reportage from over five decades, was published in 2003. Hav, her novel, was published in a new and expanded form in 2006.

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I gave Vol One of this trilogy five stars, and Vol Two does in my view suffer a little by comparison.

I think this is partly due to the different nature of this part of the story, which is a sort of Tales from the Raj (and Africa, Tasmania, the Yukon etc etc), so that there inevitably isn't quite the same sense of uncontainable energy and movement.

Having said that, though, Morris is very skilled at covering the main events of the great long Victorian Supremacy, but also of UNcovering what went on in the less high-profile corners.

Perhaps I can add here that I have also read the final volume - Farewell the Trumpets - although I didn't get this from Amazon. Its another five-starrer though, with Morris writing at her very best and conveying with great and elegiac sympathy the inevitability of the end of Empire. My word, it didn't last long, did it?!

Taken together, the trilogy is facinating, rewarding, instructive and great fun. Not to be missed in my opinion.
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This, together with the other 2 books in this trilogy by Morris remain among my favourite books. The rich storytelling, the attention to detail and the many amusing footnotes to the history of the British Empire are fascinating. I have been to many of the places Morris describes, and he brings them to life, even now.
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Hats off to Jan Morris for providing an absolute thorough, interesting, well written and delightful trilogy covering the start, middle and end of the British Empire.

It is well structured, and the latter years show the authors intense knowledge of the subject, by her personal meetings with many of the latter day characters, or their families and descendants.

It is also written in a personal style of which the author makes no apology, and adds to the quality of the 3 part history.

I'm just surprised it took me so long to discover it.
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