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A History of Britain: At The Edge Of The World
This is the first of several volumes by the sometime art historian (author of books on the French Revolution from the citizens' perspective and on Rembrandt), in connection with a TV series that aired on the BBC and the History Channel in 2000-01. This volume takes Britain from prehistoric times to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. In size and style, it's a small "coffee table" book, pleasantly written and richly (if not lavishly) illustrated. Schama is ...
A History of Britain: The Wars of the British
The second volume of Schama's history takes Britain from 1603 (the death of Elizabeth I, ascendance of James I) to the end of the American Revolution and the takeover of the Indian subcontinent. The petty, bloody, vicious treatment that English people suffered at their own hands (to say nothing of the Irish and Scottish wars) through the era of Cromwell and the Restoration receive plenty of attention, but Schama also gives a vivid picture of the slave tr...
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