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I say "partially" because Churchill also strikes me as incredibly cognizant of political and social changes driven by more mundane organizational and administrative efforts of government over the years. The latter certainly makes for a less sexy historical narrative, but Churchill covers it convincingly and with energy. Take his coverage of Edward I as a case in point. While sparing few grisly details of the rule of "The Hammer of the Scots," aka the bad guy from Braveheart , Churchill also paints a picture of a dedicated administrator who set up a fair local judiciaries to limit baronial oppression and organized Parliament to make it a legitimate legislative body.
Even if the whole work is a bit much, I would recommend the Prologue - which covers the whole arc from Roman Britain to the rise of America as a world power in the 20th century, or Volumes of the "history" series - to anyone and everyone willing to go out and pick it up. Winston Churchill knew how to make some rousing prose in his day. Dec 23, Sean rated it it was amazing. This is one of the greatest histories ever written, on part with Gibbon and Macaulay. Winston Churchill's command of English history is unparalleled and his style of writing is clear and accessible.
This history is directed at the general public so if you are looking for a serious academic treatment of English history, Churchill's work is not for you. However, it is a useful read in case you wanted to know more about the names, places, and dates of English history.
Churchill is particularly stro This is one of the greatest histories ever written, on part with Gibbon and Macaulay. Churchill is particularly strong in his treatment of the Tudors, the English Civil War, and the rise of the British Empire. Recommended for one and all.
As a history, it is merely okay. Far too much emphasis is placed on political and military history; social and cultural history is barely mentioned. However, when read as Churchill's take on how the two great democratic powers of the last years arose and evolved from a Roman backwater, it's fascinating. Apr 23, H. I am reading history lately. This is so I can better foresee if my country is heading towards political dissolution.
That's all I'll say about my motivations. The book succeeds due to Churchill's strong narrative, accessible style and intense focus on political development. This is not a new book, of course. Originally written in the mids, after Churchill's time in politics, his four volumes represented a well-researched, comprehensive review of history from pre-Christian Roman times t I am reading history lately.
Originally written in the mids, after Churchill's time in politics, his four volumes represented a well-researched, comprehensive review of history from pre-Christian Roman times to the eve of the First World War. This version is a single-volume abridgment by Christopher Lee, originally released in Given this history was written by a man who was a Anlgo chauvinist and full-throttle behind Britain's ambition on the world stage, the tale stops short of any self-criticism regarding Britain's colonial ambitions.
Thus, this book's narrative needs to be taken in context with other works.
For instance, there is no reflection on the rightness of what Great Britain's leaders did to grasp control in South Africa and India, for instance. Churchill almost never reflects upon whether exercises of blatant military or political power were 'right'.
He does, of course, discuss the political imperatives driving the decisions of the men mostly and women who controlled the state at the time. That is his major contribution. I'm a long-time Anglophile and have read many accounts covering periods of British history. But given how confusing and convoluted was the genesis of Modern Britain from the small kingdoms of rude warriors to a democratic world power, I never had a clear vision of how Britain got from point A to point Z.
Churchill gives us that.
His mastery of political evolution finally clarifies how a country lurched from 'off with their heads! He puts the great personalities of British politics in context, from their rise, struggle, mastery and fall. I began this in Six years later I have finished it, not because I abandoned it but because I used it as a primer.
I had very little knowledge of British history when I started this book and I realized that it couldn't give me everything I wanted to know. To that end, I read sections then supplemented with other books about the same period. This is why it took so long to finish. I think this book is an amazing piece of writing and research by a very busy man.
It is written in the style of t I began this in It is written in the style of the proud British man who also happens to have his interests in war and politics, so cultural history is a minimum.
For example, he spends a few paragraphs, interspersed, on the reign of Queen Victoria, who at the time of his writing this book, was the longest reigning monarch of Britain. I feel like this was such a shame, but perhaps it is because it's the abridged version. Instead, during this period he focused on the various colonial wars and disputes and Parliament. It is a very erudite look at Parliament, for sure, and if that is your interest in British politics, then this book is for you.
For me, I am very glad I read it and began a journey through British history that has massively improved my historical thinking. Jul 03, Jeff Stilwell rated it it was amazing. It may sound odd to hear it, but I've reread the first volume of this excellent four-volume series so many times that I can almost quote sections from memory. What is his trick of making medieval history even more enthralling than, say, Arthurian legends, or the stories of the Merovingians?
Churchill's writing carries the dictum: Interestingly, his magic seems rooted more in the past than in the near present. So while I It may sound odd to hear it, but I've reread the first volume of this excellent four-volume series so many times that I can almost quote sections from memory. So while I have read and reread and reread all four volumes of this series, I note a declining power or punch to his story-telling from first to the fourth.
Nevertheless, the series is a wonderfully insightful read into power and politics and the personalities that drive both. In general very informative. Given the vast amount of time and covering The commonwealth etc it was a lot to take in. It was abridged so all of Elizabeth I in 10 pages or so. Therefore you have to already know a lot or allow the significance of things to not really be clear.
I enjoyed parts of it a lot but some of it not at all. Military history details of battles number of cannons horses etc generally not that interesting to m In general very informative.
Military history details of battles number of cannons horses etc generally not that interesting to me. So I can only give 3 stars. Mar 25, David James rated it it was amazing. Likely the Twentieth Century's greatest master of the English language. Winston Churchill's narrative from pre-Roman Britian to the modern age is a singularly eloquent read. Though his narrative only sails across the wave tops of history, he brings history alive in a manner few can.
A great and broad introduction to the history of the birth and growth of England through the centuries, the expansion to empire and the birth of the United States. A must read.
Feb 16, Pfogman1 rated it it was amazing. It took time to read, but very well worth it. Sipping some fine scotch during the read I never realized what a wonderful historian Mr. Churchill was. His prose is entertaining and you can tell when he describes the battles that he looks at it from his military and strategic experience.
He is very sensitive, too, to the American side of the story when he includes that part of his story. Jul 27, David Corley rated it it was amazing.
The man could write. Jan 15, Marco Etheridge rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an amazing four-volume history. The perspective of the Author, Winston Churchill, is evident throughout, but it remains a seminal work. Jul 21, Daniel Moguel rated it it was amazing. Great books, not too challenging to read, but excellent to review at large the history of Great Britain without missing any important or trascendental information.
Keeping in mind that a very extensive period of time is covered in Churchill's work, the books are pretty detailed. Once you start you won't be able to stop. The history of England is not only captivating, but essential to the deeper understanding of pretty much everything that has happened in the last millennia. Worth reading from be Great books, not too challenging to read, but excellent to review at large the history of Great Britain without missing any important or trascendental information.
Worth reading from beginning to end, and you'll end up with hunger for more. Mar 08, Mike rated it it was amazing. Oct 02, Jason rated it liked it. Volume 1 was fantastic but it became too dense and boring for me. Feb 28, Scott rated it it was amazing. After finishing the fourth volume, The Great Democracies, I hesitated to give a 5 star rating, but this is a fantastic historical work when considering all 4 volumes.
Churchill provided just the right amount of detail on so many pivotal events in the history of the English-speaking peoples.
His treatment of the After finishing the fourth volume, The Great Democracies, I hesitated to give a 5 star rating, but this is a fantastic historical work when considering all 4 volumes. His treatment of the US Civil War was fresh to my eyes, and enlightening as told by one of the most important Englishmen in that country's history. I also learned more about other parts of the Commonwealth, where I knew England had had influence in the Victorian Age, but never understood how it all fit together.
This is a highly recommend project read for anyone interested in the history of the world's English-speaking peoples. Cheers, Sir Winston. Sep 19, Jacob Lines rated it really liked it Shelves: What a marvelous work these volumes are. Winston Churchill must have been one of the best writers of his generation. His writing is delightful to read. Churchill set himself a formidable task — to write a short history of the English-speaking peoples of the world.
He starts with Britain in Roman times and tells the story all the way to the death of Queen Victoria, covering Great Britain, American, What a marvelous work these volumes are. He does a good job of covering the political and military history — it really is an overview — but you are not going to learn much about the common person.
I especially enjoyed the history of government, as power was contested between monarchs, nobles, the Church, and Parliament. The British Constitution really is a fascinating topic, and he covers it well. Because this history was written in the s, you may find some of it to be outdated and even jarring. For example, he characterizes the Reconstruction period after the American Civil War as a dark stain on our history because of corrupt opportunist carpet baggers and scalawags and their ignorant freed black cronies — never mind the corruption of the oppressive racist regimes that ruled before and after Reconstruction.
There were a few other things that had to make me smile — like when he called Jefferson frugal. Overall, these were worth the time to read. Jan 24, Rik Brooymans rated it it was amazing. Brilliant, as always. A master word-smith, Churchill brings character and insight to stretches of the book, mostly concerning the comings and goings within the British Parliament, which might otherwise have been dull. The more exciting historical passages are simply enthralling.
The entire narrative comes with a perspective that you cannot really get anywhere else. No matter how thorough your knowledge of any particular time or issue, it is guaranteed that you will come across something new or b Brilliant, as always. No matter how thorough your knowledge of any particular time or issue, it is guaranteed that you will come across something new or be confronted with a reasoned argument you had yet to consider. It would be difficult to pick out the highlights, but Winston's passion was clear when talking about the European adventures of Marlborough and Wellington.
The section on the American Civil War, especially the analysis of the pre- and post-war periods were perhaps my personal favorites. This set of books confirms for me that Churchill is one of the greatest historical writers. Having read his memoirs of the Second World War, I cannot wait to get into the rest of his works. One added tip: The extra atmosphere added by the aroma of 'old book' smell helps you drink in the years of history that Winston guides you through.
Aug 11, J. Alfred rated it really liked it. I've always taken that to mean that unless I need to sprint up a mountain, I should leave the stuff alone. And yet there are times in one's life in which a mountain looks as if it's daring one to sprint up it. Or at least, amble. Churchill's massive volume of history, which begins in the year 50 before Christ, and ends with the death of Victoria, is much like one of those mountains The Five Hour Energy Severely Unhealthy Things have, on their cover, a silhouette of a man sprinting up a mountain.
Churchill's massive volume of history, which begins in the year 50 before Christ, and ends with the death of Victoria, is much like one of those mountains. By the way, I read a one volume abridgment, so we're talking Appalachians, not Alps. Mountains, I've found, are often worth the clambering over. This one gave me a substantial grant not only to my functional knowledge of history, but also to my trivia accumulation did you know that Pittsburgh was renamed for the British Prime Minister Pitt, under whose direction it was taken from the French?
Churchill, who was awarded an honorary doctorate in English Letters, is a pleasure to read.
He is understated, vast, assertive. Amble up that mountain. Book 1: The Birth of Britain Good book. I give it 4 stars. Book 2: The New World This book was good, but, a little harder read than 1. Covers from approx to the civil war of I give it 3 stars. Westport CT: Churchill as Historian". New Criterion 25 2: The Guardian London. History Today London 52 5: Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 29 April A history of the English-speaking peoples since Winston Churchill.
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