- Title: A History of Britain: The Fate Of Empire 1776-2000
- Author: Simon Schama
- ISBN: 9780786868995
- Page: 383
- Format: Hardcover
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Simon Schama s dramatic, broad ranging, and immensely readable epic history of Britain reaches its triumphant conclusion in this third and final volume, which stretches from the American Revolution to the present.
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I thought this third volume of Simon Schama’s History of Britain would be the one I’d enjoy the most, after all I’d lived through a small part of it and surely I knew more about the more recent history of this sceptred isle than the years covered in the earlier volumes. But no, in truth I found this volume to be rather dull in comparison. Maybe it’s the way the author decided to tell the tale: i.e by tracking the timeline through his focus on a small number of influential characters? Or [...]
In the context of the entire history of Britain, I suppose the period 1776-2000 is, very much, about the "fate of empire" — building it up and then tearing it down — and Schama does spend a considerable amount of time on India in this book. But more than battles and occupations, it catalogs the building up and tearing down of different streams of British (mostly English) political and some forms of cultural thought. It's a tasting plate of various bits of each generation, in a vaguely thoug [...]
I did not care for this final volume as much as for the first two. The author spent a lot of time on historical figures, such as poets and novelists, that were of little interest to me.At the same time he devoted no mention whatever to the work of the two most important Englishmen who ever lived, Newton and Charles Darwin, based on their contributions to science.He does a good job on Churchill who is probably the third most important Englishman in world history, so that is something at least. Ne [...]
This is my favourite of all three of Schama's books on the history of Britain. The reason for its pole position is more one of personal preference, taste and interest rather than one of critical literary evaluation: I guess that I am more interested in modern history (and how it relates to current public policy in the United Kingdom), than in the older parts. As a footnote, this is NOT because I think the older, more far-away parts of history are less interesting, less true or less relevant, but [...]
At least I have come to the end of Simon Schama's three volume millenial history of Britain. I always suspected that I might enjoy the final volume more than the preceding two, perhaps because I was 'in it' as it were. However, reading it was like being on one of those theme park roller coasters which jerks you along, zooms, changes direction suddenly, goes slowly for reasons you don't understand, occasionally gives you grand views or unusual close-ups. I might have got on better with more chapt [...]
Simon Schama ends his narrative history of Britain with this third volume, ‘The Fate of Empire’, covering the era 1776 to the millennium. This final volume is in itself a five star work; ending an overall five star series.At one point Schama recounts the young Churchill reading Macaulay and describing this historian as: “The epitome of what a historian should be: an engaged citizen, a public teacher for the times, and not least, an unapologetic best-seller.” Hmm. Is this at all tongue in [...]
Vol. 1 - quite dull. Learned that the Brits loved to slaughter each other.Vol. 2 - getting better. Found out how tough it is to create a democracy.Vol. 3 - This is Schamas at his best. Finally he is writing with aplomb, and I appreciate how he tries to make women a central part of the story as much as possible - given that usually history is written from the perspective of the male!
I found this, the third in the series, most enjoyable and engaging. I was very happy with the series as a whole and appreciated the wealth of information in its pages.
Fantastically written, Schama focuses as much on society and culture as the political history of the era which gives it broader focus than efforts from Andrew Marr etc.
A sometimes negative version of history. But well read.
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 [...]
Score: 353 pages into this book, and yet I feel as though hardly anything particularly astonishing has been presented to the reader here. If you are looking for a concise book about the history of Britain, I urge you not to read this book. Thus far, the first chapter has revealed itself as merely an essay on the relation between the American Revolution and French Revolution, and the Tory preoccupation with quelling the spread of the ideas found in Thomas Paine's 「Common Sense」and「The Right [...]
I purchased this book as a reference source for a college assignment and have found it both really useful and informative.Schama's third work in his trilogy; this book outlines changes in Britain from 1776 thus is largely about the industrial revolution and social reform. This is believed to be the best of the three part series and can easily be read without picking up the first two parts.Schama has his own unique way of telling things and as with all Historians, he has areas where you can see t [...]
A History of Britain Volume 3 is the companion book to the television series (which is also excellent). I have absolutely no imagination, so this book has something I wish all history texts included – lot of pictures. I have never understood this. I have read monstrous histories that hardly include a photo. If you are going to blather on about Disraeli, show a picture of his mug. Have you ever seen a newspaper headline like “Buxom Beauty Arrested After Falling Into Fountain” – and then n [...]
This third volume of Simon Schama's account of takes a different lead and pace from the two prior volumes, as it centers itself in the story and evolution of rights, liberties and equalities of the British people rather than the epic deeds that run parallelly with or concurrently to them. Therefore, for example, Queen Victoria or Mary Wollstonecraft revelant as they were in their time we only see them as characters of something greater, a transient realm, a transient empire. Having said this, th [...]
I'll sum up my review of all three parts to his trilogy in this, the final volume. The great thing about British history is that there can be and are so many people of so many nationalities and viewpoints who have taken the trouble to research and write about it. This means that unlike many nations we are constantly able to reassess our role in history and see ourselves from both internal and external angles. Schama takes the history we learned in school and puts some meat on the bony dates and [...]
A thoroughly decent overview of the time period in question, though for all scholastic purposes the chronicle stops at the Second World War: the period after is granted only a fleeting essay. Entertainingly contemporary in its insistence that history is constructed of histories: that the events of the past were predicated on ideologies which themselves depended on selective or subjective perspectives on that which came before. Hence, plenty of space is made for literature; Coleridge, Wells and O [...]
Fascinating book. Schama's History focuses on what he deems most important and his profiles of Orwell and Churchill are essential reading in my opinion if one wants to understand the history of the 21st Century. I've read many books on Churchill and a few on Orwell. If one wants to get a vast understanding of both and why they matter, they need go no further than to read this his Third Volume in his series on "A History of Britain" Brilliant insightful minds like Churchill and Orwell don't exist [...]
An interesting take on a large portion of British history, this work focuses not on a truly chronological progression of the empire, but on various figures, many of who are not well known, meandering back and forth along the progression of time to describe both their place and their effect on history. Of particular note was the strong presence of women in the work, not merely the few known entities of the Victorian era, such as the Pankhursts and Florence Nightengale, but also many less-remember [...]
This is the most narratively obtuse of the trilogy. I think my expectations were set high by the first volume which I loved. It was narrative, and factual and enjoyable. The narrative in this volume follows certain historical figures within the time period and assumes you know a fair amount of history for the context. The period between 1776 and 2000. Unfortunately WW II was covered in less than a 100 pages with the focus figures being Churchill and George Orwell. I liked it but I could use more [...]
I really enjoyed this. First, on a shallow note, the book is gorgeous and has many beautiful reproductions of landscape & history paintings, portraits, and photographs. Secondly, the author Simon Schama picks just a few threads to focus on for his story of Britain so it's not all over the place (it's mainly about the history of social reform, the crap Britain repeatedly pulled in India and Ireland, and the ongoing battle between capitalism and socialism). My only complaint is that 1950-2000 [...]
Quite a read.I liked Schama's style. Also his interest in some literary greats like Wordsworth, Coleridge and Orwell.Churchill got a lot of space ( probably rightly so). Many people parade in this history.Too many to remember the essence from.Nevertheless a valuable read, food for thought and a guide to further understanding the many roads of people,s explorations, experiences, lessons to be learned, illusions to be lost.
-Repaso histórico muy peculiar.- Género. Ensayo.Lo que nos cuenta. Tercer libro de la serie del autor dedicado a la historia de Gran Bretaña (que no del Imperio Británico estrictamente hablando), que se ocupa del periodo entre 1776 y 2000.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros/
The third in Schama's History of Britain series was no less satisfying than the previous two. This series is a must for anyone interested in an intrtooductory overview of British History. I particularly enjoyed the insights into Churchill's and Orwell's biographies funny to think of Winston Churchill's father comparing him, unfavorably, to his brother Jack 'now there's a boy who is going to be somebody' ;)
A very strong finish to an impressive series. A very personal and in some ways idiosyncratic romp through the history of Britain. This volumen stands out for the interesting perspectives on womens liberation, Victoria, Chruchill and George Orwell with lives of the latter three elegantly used as guides thorugh the ups and downs of the people. Highly recommended.
the third volume is a near failure. what is said, is well said, but too much is not said. in Schama's universe, science is irrelevant but technology is triumphant. the problem is that this is entirely too much in the temporal near field and integration of detail is impossible. it would have been so for Churchill and it is for Schama.
friend of a friend brought this back from the UK and I picked it up over a succession of lounge-ings at his house. pretty good quick history read. revolves around things that transport you to another time: exhibitions, historic persons, and especially drew me in with the early 20th century details of H.G. Wells, Orwell, and Churchill.
This concluding volume covers the history of Britain from the US revolution to the present. As you might expect, it is a broad survey of themes but that is OK. I have read more detailed accounts. The section on the establishment of the Raj in India was the most interesting part of this book.
Beautifully written trilogy in a writing style that is warm, accessible and level headed. History is written by the victors and then re written by the analysts. The accompanying tv series was exceptional
The account of Britain's history concludes, as the subtitle says, with a focus on the fate of the Empire. But there is a good deal of focus on the peoples and social history of Britain too, which makes for quite a balanced and varied account.
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