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While Britain was losing an empire, it was finding itself... The compelling opening words to The Fate of the Empire, set the tone and agenda for the final stage of Simon Schama s epic voyage around Britain, her people and her past. Spanning two centuries, crossing the breadth of the empire and covering a vast expanse of topics from the birth of feminism to the fate of freedom he explores the forces that shaped British culture and character from 1776 to 2000. he story opens on the eve of a bloody revolution, but not a British one. The French Revolution never quite crossed the Channel, though its spirit of fiery defiance and Romantic idealism did, sparking off a round of radical revolts and reforms that gathered momentum over the coming century from the Irish Rebellion to the Chartist Petition. The great question of the Victorian century was how the world s first industrial society could come through its growing pains without falling apart in social and political conflict. Would the machine age destroy or strengthen the institutions that held Britain together, from the family to the farm? And if the British Empire helped to make Britain stable and rich, did it live up to it
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The third 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; the History of Britain trilogy and Rough Crossings, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. 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 and the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art. The American Future- A History appeared on BBC2 in autumn 2008.

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"Schama has a masterly ability to conjure up character and vivify conflict." -- Ben Rogers * Financial Times * "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 * "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 * "Popular history at its finest." * Sunday Express * "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." -- Roy Porter * Literary Review *

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