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5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have this, 28 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Simon Schama: A History of Britain - The Complete BBC Series [DVD] (DVD)
The only thing better and more informative than this superb piece of quality BBC tv is the enormous audio book version. Take the Victorian era - you get 12 hours of fascinating history read by Timothy West in place of a couple of hours of tv time, and the whole series takes forever to listen to! The audio series is vast, detailed and even more enlightening and shows Simon Schama's depth of knowledge is even more immense than the tv series indicates!
But the tv series is good to start with and takes you through the history of the isles in a way that schools don't appear to. This is so important because if you don't know why the UK is the way it is, and how it got like that, you can't know where it's going. A History Of Britain ought to be repeated once in a while, but until it is I say buy this and learn what made this country the way it is.
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Initial post: 14 May 2008, 15:23:05 BST
R Customer says:
"This is so important because if you don't know why the UK is the way it is, and how it got like that, you can't know where it's going." Well expressed! I couldn't agree more with you on this point!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2008, 12:18:49 GMT
I was just going to say the same thing. I always think this about history - its so pivotal to know where you have been so you can see where we are going! Excellent!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2009, 23:04:47 BST
If you wish to see the direction in which history indicates that not only the UK, but the entire Western World is going; I suggest reading Gibbon's Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, the historical parrallels between that age and our own are absolutely glaring. Another classic is Oswald Spenglers Decline of the West, which illustrates by numerous historic examples; the stages by which a previously sucessfull society falls into first decay and then oblivion. Taken together, the warnings in these books read rather like a modern political manifesto.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2010, 02:40:27 GMT
I. Buchan says:
As they say ' HISTORY ALWAYS REPEATS ITSELF ' with that in mind there should be some very interesting times ahead!
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