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

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 05/11/2009
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The final stage of Simon Schama's epic voyage around Britain spans centuries, crosses the breadth of the empire and covers a vast expanse of topics - from the birth of feminism to the fate of freedom. The Fate of the Empire asks crucial questions about the nature of empire, journeying from celebrations of industrial and imperialist power at the Great Exhibition, to the catastrophic Irish potato famine and the Indian Mutiny. Through the military and economic shocks and traumas of our past, Schama 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? This third and final volume in the series is a vast compelling history, 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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781847920140
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 742 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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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“A history worth reading.”

Simon Schama is a lovely writer who has really done his research and gives an inquisitive and yet objective view not only on British politics but how the Empire unfolded. I normally always use his books as a first... More

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