A History of Britain: Fate of Empire 1776-2001 v. 3: The by Simon Schama

By Simon Schama

'While Britain used to be wasting an empire, it used to be discovering itself...' The compelling beginning phrases to "The destiny of the Empire", set the tone and time table for the ultimate level of Simon Schama's epic voyage round Britain, her humans and her prior. Spanning centuries, crossing the breadth of the empire and overlaying an enormous expanse of themes - from the beginning of feminism to the destiny of freedom - he explores the forces that formed British tradition and personality from 1776 to 2000. the tale opens at the eve of a bloody revolution, yet now not a British one. The French Revolution by no means relatively crossed the Channel, even though its spirit of fiery defiance and Romantic idealism did, sparking off a around of radical revolts and reforms that accumulated momentum over the arrival century - from the Irish uprising to the Chartist Petition. the good query of the Victorian century was once how the world's first business society may perhaps come via its transforming into pains with out falling aside in social and political clash. may the laptop age smash or develop the associations that held Britain jointly, from the kinfolk to the farm? And if the British Empire helped to make Britain sturdy and wealthy, did it stay as much as its promise to assist the governed in addition to the rulers? with a purpose to answering those questions, "The destiny of the Empire" makes stops at either celebrations, just like the nice Exhibition, and catastrophes, just like the Irish potato famine and the Indian Mutiny. Amidst the army and fiscal shocks and traumas of the 20 th century, and during the voices of Churchill, Orwell and H. G. Wells, it asks the query that continues to be with us - is the significant weight of our historical past a blessing or a curse, a present or a millstone round the neck of our destiny? it's a immense compelling epic, made extra so through the full of life storytelling and large daring characters on the center of the motion. yet along flamboyant heroes, like Nelson and Churchill, Schama remembers unsung heroines and nearly unknown enemies. along the grand principles, he exposes the grand illusions that rate untold lives. Schama seems to be head on on the proof and asks, 'What went unsuitable with the liberal dream?' The solutions emerge in "The destiny of the Empire", which finds the dwelling beliefs of Britain's lengthy historical past, 'a heritage that tied jointly social justice with bloody-minded liberty'.

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A History of Britain: Fate of Empire 1776-2001 v. 3: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000

'While Britain was once wasting an empire, it was once discovering itself. .. ' The compelling establishing phrases to "The destiny of the Empire", set the tone and schedule for the ultimate degree of Simon Schama's epic voyage round Britain, her humans and her earlier. Spanning centuries, crossing the breadth of the empire and overlaying an enormous expanse of subject matters - from the start of feminism to the destiny of freedom - he explores the forces that formed British tradition and personality from 1776 to 2000.

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After all, true evangelicals, with their emphasis on mystical revelation, required surrender to its power. And John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, detested Unitarians and their rejection of the divinity of Christ, calling it ‘poison’. But the intensity of his tirades was a backhanded compliment to the attraction of what could for the first time be called, without uttering an oxymoron, ‘rational Christianity’.

The goal – however impossibly paradoxical on the face of it – was to preserve the instinctive freedom, playfulness and sincerity of the natural child into adulthood. The child, as Wordsworth would put it, would be ‘father to the man’. If they succeeded, they would make the first generation of truly free compatriots: natural-born and raised Britons. This, at any rate, was the task that another of the Lichfield Rousseauites, Thomas Day, set himself. His mission would be as a father–teacher to a purer generation of Britons, who would respect nature – all of it, for Day had become an ecologist avant la lettre, who believed in the inter-connectedness of all created life and was therefore a vegetarian and an ardent foe of the then popular sports of cock-fighting and bull-baiting.

The school of nature, then, became his real tutor – much like the childhood of William Wordsworth 20 years later on the other side of the Pennines. Even when Bewick was eventually obliged to learn fractions, decimals and Latin, he escaped from the dreary chores by filling every surface he could find – slates, books, and then, when he ran out of space, the flagstones of the floor at home, gravestones and even the floor of the church porch – with chalk drawings. His eye feasted greedily on images wherever he could find them, especially inn signs where the birds and beasts of Britain – bulls, horses, salmon – were gaudily displayed.

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