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The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
Paperback      ISBN: 031216985x
Great Britain's geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically fragile island often at odds with her European neighbors. Lawrence James has written a comprehensive, perceptive, and insighful history of the British Empire. Spanning the years from 1600 to the present day, this critically acclaimed book combines detailed scholarship with readable popular history.
A History of Britain: The Fate of Empire 1776-2002
A History of Britain
The Fate of Empire 1776-2002
Hardcover      ISBN: 0786868996
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.
Stand Before Your God: An American Schoolboy in England
Stand Before Your God
An American Schoolboy in England
Paperback      ISBN: 0679759417
At the age of seven, Paul Watkins was roughly transplanted from his home in Rhode Island to England's Dragon School. He was greeted by a delegation of bullies who, in time, would become his friends and whose rules would become his own. For at Dragon, and later at Eton, "there was no middle ground. You could not go here and come out not caring one way or the other. You had to stand before your God and commit." In this enthralling and sometimes harrowing memoir, the acclaimed author of The Promise of Light gives us a masterly companion to such classics as Brideshead Revisited and A Separate Peace. Here are the masters who paddle boys for small infractions and then offer them sweets; the seniors who pamper pretty favorites and subject all others to humiliating servitude; the deep friendships and sudden, devastating betrayals. Above all, here is the exhilaration of a boy discovering own capacities for learning and creativity, in a book that conveys with astonishing insight the pangs of growing up.
The Children of Henry VIII
The Children of Henry VIII
Paperback      ISBN: 0345407865
Provides an in-depth look at the major political happenings that occured following the death of Henry VIII, delving into the roles of his heirs--Edward, "Bloody" Mary, and Elizabeth I--in regard to England and the monarchy as a whole. Reprint. NYT.
William Wallace: Brave Heart
William Wallace
Brave Heart
Paperback      ISBN: 185158823x
Sir William Wallace of Ellerslie is one of history's greatest heroes, but also one of its greatest enigmas—a shadowy figure whose edges have been blurred by myth and legend. James MacKay uses all his skills as a historical detective to produce this definitive biography, telling the incredible story of a man who, without wealth or noble birth, rose to become Guardian of Scotland. William Wallace, with superb generalship and tactical genius, led a country with no previous warlike tradition to triumph gloriously over the much larger, better-armed, and better-trained English forces. 700 years later, the heroism and betrayal, the valiant deeds and the dark atrocities, and the struggle of a small nation against a brutal and powerful empire, still create a compelling tale.
Kings & Queens of England & Scotland
Kings & Queens of England & Scotland
Paperback      ISBN: 0789442450
A lavishly illustrated, compact biographical encyclopedia of Britain's royal monarchs ranges from the first Saxon king to Prince Charles, documents the key events and milestones of each reign, and features a genealogy that links the various dynasties. Reprint.
Claridges: Within the Image
Within the Image
Hardcover      ISBN: 0007179839
London Theatre Walks: Thirteen Dramatic Tours Through Four Centuries of History and Legend
London Theatre Walks
Thirteen Dramatic Tours Through Four Centuries of History and Legend
Paperback      ISBN: 1557835160
Shakespeare, Coward, Christie, Lloyd Webber and so many more ... you'll encounter them all using this wonderful tour guide on walks through theatrical history in present-day London. Applause is pleased to present a substantially revised, new edition of one of our most popular titles, London Theatre Walks. Jim De Young is out to entertain and educate as he guides his readers through the streets of London with authority, humor and relish. It's like having a personal tour guide escorting you from the magnificently restored Globe Theatre to the newly remodeled Lyceum Theatre, from Shakespeare to Les Miserables. London Theatre Walks reveals the original inspirations for some of the most famous plays in the English language. It visits the trysting spots of London's greatest actors and actresses, and the homes of England's greatest playwrights. All the tours begin and end at a well-known London landmark, making them easy and safe for even a first-time visitor. Every expedition is filled with enough detail to satisfy the most curious scholar, and enough juicy gossip and colorful legend to entertain every theatre fan. And the tour guides don't believe in walking with parched throats; they point out dozens of theatrical watering holes along the way. Detailed maps accompany the 13 easy-to-follow tours, which have been updated with the most contemporary information.
The Victorians: Photographic Portraits
The Victorians
Photographic Portraits
Hardcover      ISBN: 1850437386
Victorian family photographs are always compelling, especially if they are portraits of our own ancestors, but also for the imagined lives of their unknown subjects. They constitute a unique domestic record, giving an invaluable insight into ordinary lives during the second half of the nineteenth century. This book is the first comprehensive study of Victorian portrait photography, discussing both its technical innovations and its cultural conventions. It investigates in depth the history of the commercial photographer in Britain between the early 1840s, when the first high street studios opened, and 1900. During these years portraits sold in their millions to a mass market, initiating a trend which spread worldwide. The story of portrait photography in Britain starts with the publication of the daguerreotype process in France in 1839, which established photography as an alternative to painted portraiture. At first photographers were strongly influenced by painting traditions, and expression, pose, backgrounds and accessories imitated art rather than exploiting the realism of the new genre. By the 1860s the small carte de visite format of portraits meant that cheap photographs could be exchanged between family and friends. The market exploded and photographic studios proliferated, recording children from christening gown to long trousers, marriage partners in all their finery, prestigious personal achievements and even loved ones in post mortem images. The photographic studio was under the strict control of the photographer, who mastered his subjects as a painter would have done, controlling their serious facial expressions, often dressing them for the part or clamping their heads and bodies still in outrageous contraptions in order to allow for the exposures. Travelling studios were set up in caravans transported to outlying parts of the country, and itinerant photographers took portraits on street corners, outside public houses, at fairgrounds and at the seaside. Towards the end of the century gravity of demeanour began to give way to smiles, and the 'poke your head through' backdrop paved the way for our own convention in family photographs - the ear-to-ear grin. This fascinating book tells an invaluable and amusing history of Victorian portrait photography. It is extensively illustrated with a great variety of appealing portraits, with captions explaining the pictures and often giving biographical details of the characters who gaze at us from another era. It also provides details for the general reader of the history and identification of photographs, explaining the context and meaning of the portraits handed down to us from our great-grandparents.
Winston Churchill: A Penguin Life
Winston Churchill
A Penguin Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670030791
A stirring account of the life of Britain's greatest twentieth-century prime minister focuses on Churchill's career during World War II, telling his story from a military history point of view. 35,000 first printing.