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A History of Britain - Volume 1
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History clings tight but it also kicks loose, writes Simon Schama at the outset of this, the first book in his three-volume journey into Britain s past. Disruption as much as persistence is its proper subject. So although the great theme of British history seen from the twentieth century is endurance, its counter-point, seen from the twenty-first, must be alteration. hange sometimes gentle and subtle, sometimes shocking and violent is the dynamic of Schama s unapologetically personal and grippingly written history, especially the changes that wash over custom and habit, transforming our loyalties. At the heart of this history lie questions of compelling importance for Britain s future as well as its past- what makes or breaks a nation? To whom do we give our allegiance and why? And where do the boundaries of our community lie in our hearth and home, our village or city, tribe or faith? What is Britain one country or many? Has British history unfolded at the edge of the world or right at the heart of it? chama delivers these themes in a form that is at once traditional and excitingly fresh. The great and the wicked are here Becket and Thomas Cromwell, Robert the B
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The first book in Simon Schama's acclaimed three-volume journey into Britain's past.

About the Author

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and the prize-winning author of fourteen books, which have been translated into twenty languages. They include The Embarrassment of Riches- An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens- A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; Rough Crossings, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; and most recently, The American Future- A History. He has written widely on music, art, politics and food for the Guardian, Vogue and the New Yorker. His award-winning television work as writer and presenter for the BBC stretches over two decades and includes the fifteen-part A History of Britain series; the Emmy-winning Power of Art and The American Future- A History which appeared on BBC2 in autumn 2008.

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"An exciting, intensely seductive presentation of history." * Independent * "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 * "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." * Literary Review * "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 * "Remarkably vivid pictures... A decade on, Schama's study remains a terrific read." -- Paul Lay * History Today *

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