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A History of Britain: The Fate of Empire 1776-2002
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Publisher Miramax
Publication date December 1, 2002
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780786868995
ISBN-10 0786868996
Dimensions 1.75 by 7.75 by 10 in.
Weight 4.10 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $40.00
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Summary
The distinguished historian continues his wide-ranging, comprehensive history of Britain in a third and final volume that takes Great Britain from the American Revolution to the present day, detailing its role as a global power, its role during two world wars, and other key events and personalities that shaped more than two centuries of history. 50,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Simon Schama’s dramatic, broad-ranging, and immensely readable epic history of Britain reaches its triumphant conclusion in this third and final volume, which stretches from the American Revolution to the present.

The Fate of Empire tells the eventful and exhilarating story of Britain’s rise and fall as an imperial power, from the political turmoil of the 1770s to the struggle of present day leaders to find a way to make a different national future. The volume also examines the Romantic generation, the role of women in Victorian England, industrialization, and the liberal empire from Ireland to India, which promised material improvement, but delivered coercion and famine. As in the previous volumes, Schama vividly portrays the lives of extraordinary personalities – Queen Victoria, Churchill, Dickens, and “ordinary” individuals including the author of the first British travel guide, and Elizabeth Anderson, the first woman doctor.

Finally, Schama asks an essential question: what kind of Britain can hold together when its island isolation and its imperial dominion have both vanished? An examination of the legacy of the British ideal of freedom is at the heart of this entertaining and well-researched book. With The Fate of Empire, Simon Schama has proven himself, again, as a masterful writer of narrative history.

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9780786868995 | details & prices | 7.75 × 10.00 × 1.75 in. | 4.10 lbs | List price $40.00
About: A comprehensive history of Britain chronicles battles waged by the British, both at home and abroad, details its role as a global power, and examines key events and personalities that shaped more than two centuries of history.

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