History of Britain

History of Britain

The British Wars, 1603-1776

Book - 2001
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The second volume of Simon Schama's epic history is a story of revolution and reaction, of progress and catastrophe. It is a story brought vividly, sometime disturbingly, to light by Schama's evocative narrative, filled with the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. Here are the great and the gifted - Oliver Cromwell, Christopher Wren, Thomas Hobbes and Thomas Jefferson. But here, too, are the lesser known, though no less extraordinary, such as Olaudah Equiano, an African enslaved from childhood, who learned to write and wrote an unforgettable tale.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : McClelland & Stewart : 2001
ISBN: 9780771079207
Branch Call Number: 941 Sc16h v2
Characteristics: 544p illus
Alternative Title: British wars, 1603-1776


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Jul 04, 2011

This is a fine, comprehensive book.
Schama is a good writer and knows his stuff. He tells a good story. (I gather that this book is the echo of a PBS series.)
My main complaint about the book is that it has far too few maps and that the maps and royal family tree are not indexed in any way. They are impossible to find again, unless you have placemarked them. There are lots of illustrations, but they are just window dressing, in my opinion.

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