Simon schama history of britain dvd

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A History of Britain: The Fate Of Empire 1776-2000 by Simon Schama

I thought this third volume of Simon Schamaís History of Britain would be the one Iíd enjoy the most, after all Iíd lived through a small part of it and surely I knew more about the more recent history of this sceptred isle than the years covered in the earlier volumes. But no, in truth I found this volume to be rather dull in comparison. Maybe itís the way the author decided to tell the tale: by tracking the timeline through his focus on a small number of influential characters? Or perhaps it was the very fact that I already knew a good part of the story? Or could it be that the early volumes had just covered more colourful periods in our history? A bit of all three, I think.

The first half of this book seemed to drag horribly as social changes, the rise of womenís rights movements and the evolution of the role of the Royal Family were explored largely through the writings of Wordsworth and other notable scribblers. In the second half, things livened up a bit as big chunks describing the reign of Queen Victoria and the political life of Winston Churchill dominated the text. I did like the way the author off-set Churchillís period of influence with sections on George Orwell. The two were obviously politically miles apart, but they were both outspoken orators of uncomfortable truths. I think this was the section of the book that worked best.

As Iíve found on numerous occasions when listening to these volumes, some key moments of history seem to have hitherto passed me by. For example, Iíd previously known nothing of the Seige of Lucknow (1857) or the Great Famine in India (1876-78). I also was reminded of the enormous scale of the British Empire at itís peak - in 1913 23% of the worlds population were under British rule. A staggering fact but one undermined by the knowledge that in achieving this level of control and influence the treatment of many native inhabitants was far from acceptable!

As I came close to the end I began to notice how some sections were skimpy in the extreme. For example, WW1 was barely covered - although WW2 was granted more space Ė and all events after 1945 were virtually skipped over. The establishment of the Welfare State was touched on as were the Thatcher years (dismissively) but suddenly Shama was winding it all up with his reflections on where Britain goes next.

The body of work comprised in these three volumes is staggering and Iíve gained a great deal from working through them. I highly recommend these books (and/or the BBC television series that accompanied their release) to anyone interested in exploring the history of this island.
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A History of Britain (2000) Season 1 Episode 5

A History of Britain: The Complete Series

The Story of India Blu-ray. The Churchills DVD. Stirring account of English History. Can't wait to see his Art History project. I watched this on the History channel a few years back and loved it. Really good viewing

Kill Bill: Vol. Sign in. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. A History of Britain ó Hide Spoilers. Not caring to paint his portrait of Britain with broad brush strokes, the eloquent Schama talks and walks you through time as he hops from one historical benchmark to another, pausing to explain each point in time, the forces at work, and its effect on history set against a backdrop castles and manors, cities and farms, queens and beggars, pictures and maps, relics and treasures, and locations spanning several continents.


A study of the history of the British Isles , each of the 15 episodes allows Schama to examine a particular period and tell of its events in his own style. All the programmes are of 59 minutes' duration and were broadcast over three series, ending 18 June The series was produced in conjunction with The History Channel and the executive producer was Martin Davidson. The music was composed by John Harle , whose work was augmented by vocal soloists such as Emma Kirkby and Lucie Skeaping. When Simon Schama was approached by the BBC to make the series, he knew that it would be a big commitment and took a long time to decide whether it was something he wanted to do.

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