and none of them are good. I have a real interest in the period of history this book covers and, therefore, have read a decent amount of books on this subject but I felt I was learning something new every couple of pages. And in Ireland, Oliver Cromwell and his troops commit one of the most infamous slaughters in the long and violent history of this nation. A fabulous second volume to his history of Britain. Pungent stuff. Simon Schama is an excellent companion through the gunsmoke and the intrigue. One of the worst history books i have ever read. However, his approach is contentious and invites criticism of subjectivity and populism from academic circles. Pungent stuff. He traces causes and effects clearly without over simplifying matters or people. Most often the Britons are fighting amongst themselves, but there’s also room for significant conflicts in India and America. It is a very traditionalist read but one that does include more of the other British nations that the previous volume. Unashamedly old-fashioned history writing like your textbooks at school. Be the first to ask a question about A History of Britain. Schama is a gifted writer and his passion for history shines on every page. The Wolfson History Prizes are literary awards given annually in the United Kingdom to promote and encourage standards of excellence in the writing of history for the general public. Mostly this is because in the later half of the book it moves away from documenting the eras through the monarchy (as constitutional government evolved) and into activities overseas in the rest of the Empire. The History of England (1754–61) is David Hume's great work on the history of England (also covering Wales, Scotland and Ireland), which he wrote in instalments while he was librarian to the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. When his parents moved to London he won a scholarship to Haberdashers’ Aske’s School where his two great loves were English and History. The truth is that British history is incredibly complex and the cultures in Britain varied wildly. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I was expecting it to drag and I doubted I would bother finishing it. One of the hallmarks of Schama’s work is his flair for description: ‘he gets arcane matters to walk, in fact dance, off the page’ according to fellow historian Peter Hennessy. I was impressed and watched part two later that year. In the twenty years that have passed since Simon Shama wrote, This is the second installment of Schama's History of Britain and it was a tough read. Schama, certainly a scholar, is a superb writer with a thorough understanding of his subject matter, in this case the history of the British civil wars. The first part in Schama's trilogy of British history covered just over four and a half thousand years. It was Plumb’s influence which instilled in him the importance of narrative and written style in order to gain an audience for history outside academia. We’d love your help. I enjoyed it. A fabulous second volume to his history of Britain. But then Im grieving so forgive me. Schama puts the American Revolution into the context of the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution. Especially during the discussion of events during Charles the First’s reign, where (as I know from elsewhere), the queen (Henrietta) as well as another woman (Lucy Carlisle), were incredibly influential in the events as they unfolded. and none of them are good. Readers’ Top Histories and Biographies of the Last 5 Years. I have to confess that I cheated on bits, and watched the accompanying DVDs, instead of reading the whole thing--but it's very engaging reading, full of pictures, and glimpses into the lives of people who are long dead, and yet seem alive in these books and DVDs. Another engaging, wide-ranging episode in the history of these islands. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The Economic History of Britain since 1700: Volume 3: 1939 - 1992. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published From Mary Beard on Ancient Rome to tales of Soviet espionage, delve into the past with these recently published works What happened in Britain: The World: 700,000 BC: People migrate to 'Britain' from Europe. Synopsis From early England and the Tudors through the British Wars of the 17th century to the rise and fall of the British Empire, award-winning historian Simon Schama illuminates British history through a variety of historical themes and key British characters. The companion book to a TV series, it might have been more digestible on TV. I enjoyed the first installment, but the wars don't particularly interest me so it took me months of dipping in and out to finally finish this. It made me wonder, where else women could have been included in this book and weren’t! It is well narrated by Timothy West . While at Oxford he wrote, “To prolong itself, the Protectorate needed Cromwell to be more of a Leviathan, more of a ruthless sovereign, than he could ever manage to stomach. When this reached the top of my tbr pile, I was dreading it. Here he was taught by Sir John Plumb whose other students: Linda Colley, Roy Porter and John Brewer are now central to British historical thought. Forced to choose between the two he opted to read history at Christs College, Cambridge. The second volume of Simon Schama's A History of Britain brings the histories of Britain's civil wars - full of blighted idealism, shocking carnage, and unexpected outcomes - startlingly to life. The roistering classes have picked fights with just about every nation on earth. 2006 Picasso's Closet by Ariel Dorfman. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Polish Air Force, which was created in Britain in the summer of 1940 from flying and ground personnel evacuated from Poland and then from France, proved to be one of the most successful formations to fight the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. Being a pedant I jumped straight in with this three-book history of the whole thing by the current mainstream poster boy for the subject. The earliest evidence for early modern humans in North West Europe, a jawbone discovered in Devon at Kents Cavern in 1927, was re-dated in 2011 to between 41,000 and 44,000 years old. “A History of Britain: The British Wars 1603-1776” by Simon Schama. Start by marking “A History of Britain” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I also found myself frustrated at the lack of emphasis. I'm currently piecing together the story of my 8th great-grandfather and his journey from Lord of the Manor to slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados to land owner in the USA. For me, he is the very best historian around at the moment. by Miramax Books, A History of Britain: The British Wars 1603-1776. Yes, he discusses the monarchs, the Tudors through to the Hanoverians, but his focus is more the governance of Britain and, increasingly, British interests. 25,000 BC My education in that matter was decidedly one sided. You don't get to be cock of the walk by being a nice guy but boy, aren't we nasty, though. I found the parts on colonialism particularly interesting but I acknowledge that a title such as this constrains lack of detail in some areas. If this sounds a bit like your style of history reading, these books are perfect. It was informative and entertaining. However, at times, I found it one dimensional in that he covers great political events and wars and battles which tells me nothing about the history of other peoples of Britain. Timothy Venning explores many of the turning points and discusses how they might so easil If this is your favourite period of British history, this book is a must read as it's incredibly dense and packed with tons of information. A History of British Electricity: Industry, Regulation and Restructuring (Summary and Discussion Notes) (430 KB) This is a summary of Electricity Acts and serves as a basis for teaching a course on the history of the British Electric Industry and its lessons for markets around the world. I also found myself frustrated at the lack of emphasis on women. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. October 17th 2001 Like school history, it crams in a lot of facts and personalities with sometimes insufficient background explanation. To see what your friends thought of this book. This is the first comprehensive survey of the history of the book in Britain from Roman through Anglo-Saxon to early Norman times. June 1st 2007 As a result my knowledge of world history is poor and the events after 1603 a mystery. I listened to this on Audible. The author has missed many important facts out of this book on the history of Britain. As an. This is both his exoneration and his failure.”, Bill Gates Picks 5 Good Books for a Lousy Year. Having one day watched ‘The King’s Speech’ I realised I knew so little about my own country's history outside of the big date history –1066, 1966 etc.- and decided I had to learn. As an Irish American who now lives in England, I found the sections on the American colonies refreshing. Welcome back. The roistering classes have picked fights with just about every nation on earth. The son of a textile merchant with Lithuanian and Turkish grandparents, he spent his early years in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. British developed space travel during the reign of Queen Victoria. The A History of Britain book series by Simon Schama includes books A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World 3000 BC-AD 1603, A History of Britain: The British Wars 1603-1776, and A History of Britain: The Fate Of Empire 1776-2000. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is an excellent whistle-stop tour of British history. It is a very traditionalist read but one that does include more of the other British nations that the previous volume. An alternate history of Picasso's life (and possibly death) in Paris during World War II. I don't intend to make it a habit to put text books on this site, but this one happens to be the best one I've encountered, and the only one I've actually truly enjoyed reading. You don't get to be cock of the walk by being a nice guy but boy, aren't we nasty, though. Unlike many historians he is clear and non-judgemental in his writing which allows me to form my own opinions about events and to see parallels in the present day. I can't stop reading into this a lot of parallels with Brexit Britain. This book covers from shortly after her death to the loss of the US colonies and the take over of India. I would highly recommend the author--as I suspect all his books are worth while--for. Not a light read at all. I like Simon Schama. This book is the perfect adjunct for a person with interests like mine. Having one day watched The Kings Speech I realised I knew so little about my own country's history outside of the big date history 1066, 1966 etc.- and decided I had to learn. These startling discoveries underlined the extent to which archaeological research is responsible for any knowledge of Britain before the Roman conquest (begun ad 43). Britain was a small country but it had a long history. And in Ireland, Oliver Cromwell and his troops commit one of the most infamous slaughters in the long and violent history of this nation. We lost some, we won more and profited from our exploits. Simon Schama is an excellent companion through the gunsmoke and the intrigue. I enjoyed it. Most often the Britons are fighting amongst themselves, but theres also room for significant conflicts in India and America. I haven’t read much history and sort of dabbled with the books slowly over the period of a year or so, looking up subjects that caught my interest. When his parents moved to London he won a scholarship to Haberdashers Askes School where his two great loves were English and History. This probably says more about my lack of knowledge of the period than anything else. Approach with care, you need to be dedicated to work your way through this. I therefore found it difficult to put the events onto a domestic structure in my head. The second installment of Schama's History of Britain spans the Stuart Dynasty during the 1600s and the rise of the British Empire during the 1700s. Present tense. This is a lively, interesting account of British history, chock full of facts and pictures and an appealing dry wit. Once again Schama produces a compelling review of the long, storied past of “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”, I found this second book in the series more difficult to follow. Illuminated by the fascinating testimony of migrant life histories, this is the first substantial history of their experience and fills a gaping hole in the literature of emigration. They are books that will suit those like myself turned off by academic style histories (maybe these are for those that already have the framework that these books offer) but it is also fair to say that if you don’t know anything of the events some wiki-reading on the side may be necessary. They were the famous "ten pound Poms" and this is their story. A rather dry telling of the civil war and early empire years of Britain but overall enjoyable. 10 best history books. I preferred the first half to the second, mainly due to the fact that I am much more interested in royalty than in colonizing politicians. Here he was taught by, Simon Schama was born in 1945. Schama writes so engagingly and with such enthusiasm. Britain’s story was from the days of the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago. Beautifully put together, if a little bit episodic. It is well written, but there is a lot of it and the period just doesn't grip me unlike the previous and the (hopefully) the future installments. The second instalment in Simon Schama’s erudite commentary on the history of Britain does, as the title suggests, cover an awful lot of wars. I therefore found it difficult to put the events onto a domestic structure in my head. Start by marking “A History of Britain: The Wars of the British 1603-1776 (A History of Britain, #2)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I’m writing this having now read the whole of Schama’s ‘A History of Britain’ trilogy. Highly informative description of past and present Britain; requires extra efforts from reader to get started, however consistently illuminates hidden connections of UK with different nations. Great colour photos and very well written. Volume II of the three volume series gave me more of what I am seeking than Volume I. This second part covers just over one hundred and fifty, from the coronation of King James I to the rise of the British Raj in India. The second instalment in Simon Schamas erudite commentary on the history of Britain does, as the title suggests, cover an awful lot of wars. Another excellent history--Simon Schama continues the superb work he started in Volume 1. If volume 1 felt to be a bit too much of a list of monarchs, this one was different. Five hundred pages of British history that's not from my favorite period(The Tudors). I can't stop reading into this a lot of parallels with Brexit Britain. The United Kingdom, also known as Britain or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a European region with a long and storied history. But it was very heavy going. Excellent stuff - detailed but illustrated with vignettes of human details which bring the whiff of history to the nostrils. A History of Britain: The British Wars 1603-1776 by Simon Schama. Refresh and try again. Schama remained at Christ’s for 10 years after his degree, becoming a fellow and then director of Studies, before moving to Brasenose College Oxford. However, at times, I found it one dimensional in that he covers great political events and wars and battles which tells me nothing about the history of other peoples of Britain. Let's start with the positive side of the ledger. It is well written, but there is a lot of it and the period just doesn't grip me unlike the previous and the (hopefully) the future installments. My knowledge of history is sparse - when i was at school it was kings and dates between 45BC and 1603. The section on the English Civil War was especially interesting and I do feel that I have a better understanding of why. Simon Schama writes less a history of what, when and where and more of who and why. When I'm given a book, even if nothing about it interests me, I hate giving it away without it being read. Go to the British History Timeline. Once again Schama produces a compelling review of the long, storied past of This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. Schama has, with his usual clarity, lightened some of my darkness and I have to thank him for it. It told the story very well and gave new insights that put a different gloss on what was going on and why. I would highly recommend the author--as I suspect all his books are worth while--for anyone thinking of studying history as a past time. The previous book covered much of the history that any kid would remember from school (i.e. The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850 (The New Economic History of Britain Series) by Joel Mokyr | Oct 30, 2012 4.9 out of 5 stars 11 00 This book is very poorly written. Blood, guts and greed abound in every direction. It is well narrated by Timothy West . He is, indeed, that enjoyable. To undertake such a task of covering the history of Britain is an arduous task and Schama covers in detail his perception of this history. Simon Schama writes less a history of what, when and where and more of who and why. But then I’m grieving so forgive me. O Yes, he discusses the monarchs, the Tudors through to the Hanoverians, but his focus is more the governance of Britain and, increasingly, British interests. Simon Schama was born in 1945. The British Isles became inhabited more than 800,000 years ago, as the discovery of stone tools and footprints at Happisburgh in Norfolk has revealed. Mostly this is because in the later half of the book it moves away from documenting the eras through the monarchy (as constitutional government evolved) and into activities overseas in the rest of the Empire. I had never heard of the man when I saw the reruns of Part One of History of Britain on the History Channel in the fall of 2001. A History of Britain is the companion book to the excellent BBC television program. When we got to 1603 we started again. It shows how the four countries England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland came together as one state. United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Ancient Britain: Archaeologists working in Norfolk in the early 21st century discovered stone tools that suggest the presence of humans in Britain from about 800,000 to 1 million years ago. Each double-page spread deals with a different topic, making it easy for the reader to relate to the timeline of the periods. White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America was a good resource for my research into the connection between Britain and Barbados. I found this second book in the series more difficult to follow. He traces causes and effects clearly without over simplifying matters or people. penguin history of britain hope hope and glory is the history of great britain hope and glory is a largely political history of britain in the twentieth century it does have ... rating is a function of reading the kindle edition which i cannot at present indicate in goodreads which has a remarkable number hope and glory britain 1900 2000 britain Very enjoyable but also salutary. 130,000 BC: Neanderthal Britain The dominate human species is Neanderthal. One of the worst history books i have ever read. We’d love your help. Middle Ages (1154 - 1485) In comparison this book overs a shorter period of time (175ish years), and is better for it I think. Being fascinated, as I am, by British history, I've read a number of books focused on specific periods; especially the 1800s thru the end of the 2nd World War. 4.45 avg rating—136,877 ratings. the Roman Invasion to Queen Elizabeth i). The section on the English Civil War was especially interesting and I do feel that I have a better understanding of why. We lost some, we won more and profited from our exploits. If this is your favourite period of British history, this book is a must read as it's incredibly dense and packed with tons. Blood, guts and greed abound in every direction. Amazon.co.uk: history of britain Select Your Cookie Preferences We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War Ben Macintyre 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,257 I found the parts on colonialism particularly interesting but I. The second volume of his monumental History Of Britain (I read the first a while ago). This, Volume Two of Simon Schama's history of Perfidious Albion, is where Britain got this sobriquet. It reads like it has been written by a child who is just starting to develop writing skills, it is that bad! Im writing this having now read the whole of Schamas A History of Britain trilogy. Norman Britain (1066 - 1154) The story behind the Battle of Hastings, and the leaders who fought it out in 1066. By deposing two kings, the British were setting themselves up for a fall by not learning the lessons of those experiences. More than a million Britons emigrated to Australia between the 1940s and 1970s. G:AUDIO BOOKSNon FictionA History of Britain 1603 - 1776 The British Wars, G:\AUDIO BOOKS\Non Fiction\A History of Britain 1603 - 1776 The British Wars. ... Goodreads Book reviews & recommendations: IMDb Movies, TV & Celebrities: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. This probably says more about my lack of knowledge of the period than anything else. To undertake such a task of covering the history of Britain is an arduous task and Schama covers in detail his perception of this history. I took a while to get into this one, mostly because I went off on a fiction-reading tangent and then I sort of got out of a reading mood for a while, but I just ate my way through the last 140 pages tonight, mostly because it's due back at the library at another patron's request, mind you. Though taking British history from 3000BC to AD1603 in this first volume, by its first 100 pages Schama provides the most robust coverage of pre-history to the crowning of William the Conqueror I’ve ever seen. I listened to this on Audible. This is a concise but detailed and learned history that tracks the development of our country from prehistory to the present day. Schama, certainly a scholar, is a superb writer with a thorough understanding of his subject matter, in this case the history of the British civil wars. I enjoyed the first installment, but the wars don't particularly interest me so it took me months of dipping in and out to finally finish this. This book was about the history of Britain. Just wonderful! I don't intend to make it a habit to put text books on this site, but this one happens to be the best one I've encountered, and the only one I've actually truly enjoyed reading. Be the first to ask a question about A History of Britain. hope and glory britain 1900 2000 second edition penguin history of britain Oct 13, 2020 Posted By Seiichi Morimura Public Library TEXT ID a743d797 Online PDF Ebook Epub Library 2014 05 06 how to starve cancer without starving yourself the discovery of a metabolic cocktail that could transform the lives of millions english edition i hope quinn hope If volume 1 felt to be a bit too much of a list of monarchs, this one was different. 2007 Universal Robots by Mac Rogers. The son of a textile merchant with Lithuanian and Turkish grandparents, he spent his early years in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Continuous human habitation in England dates to around … By Roderick Floud; Deirdre McCloskey | 80% Off. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Prizes are given annually for two or three exceptional works published during the year, with an occasional oeuvre prize (a general award for an individual's distinguished contribution to the writing of history). With hindsight, the victory of Parliamentarian forces over the Royalists in the English Civil War may seem inevitable but this outcome was not a foregone conclusion. Well, I'm glad that is over! This book is the second in a series that starts with a book that covers 3500+ years of history of the UK. DK Publishing was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013.DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children, and produces content for consumers in more than 87 countries and 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. Go to Normans. Very enjoyable but also. I use it most often as a first port of call for placing the books I am reading into context. I havent read much history and sort of dabbled with the books slowly over the period of a year or so. Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings: Viking Warriors Including Rollo, Norsemen, Norse Mythology, Quests in America, England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Russia 124 price $ 0 . I really enjoyed this series and Simon Schama's style, which made it easy to remain engaged in what is, especially over the course of three books, a mine of information on the history of Britain. This is the second installment of Schama's History of Britain and it was a tough read. The British Isles have witnessed intermittent periods of competition and cooperation between the people that occupy the various parts of Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Ireland, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the smaller adjacent islands.. Today, the British Isles contain two sovereign states: the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. These conflicts were fought unsparingly between the nations of the islands - Ireland, England, and Scotland - The author spends just a few pages discussing periods in British history that other books take 500 pages to describe. Being a pedant I jumped straight in with this three-book history of the whole thing by the current mainstream poster boy for the subject. Not knowing what era of British history you're interested in, really makes it difficult as to what to recommend you read. This, Volume Two of Simon Schama's history of Perfidious Albion, is where Britain got this sobriquet. It describes the different groups of people who had lived there. Even books that focus on individual eras tend to get a bit muddied when dealing with different parts of the island. 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