A History of Britain: The Wars of the British Book Summary and Study Guide

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The second volume of Schama's history takes Britain from 1603 (the death of Elizabeth I, ascendance of James I) to the end of the American Revolution and the takeover of the Indian subcontinent. The petty, bloody, vicious treatment that English people suffered at their own hands (to say nothing of the Irish and Scottish wars) through the era of Cromwell and the Restoration receive plenty of attention, but Schama also gives a vivid picture of the slave trade and Caribbean sugar plantations, and the bewildering politics of the origins of the Raj. Our "French and Indian War" (really a near-world war fought between Britain and France for future colonial dominance on at least four different continents) and the genesis of the American Revolution receive good coverage as well. Engagingly written with plenty of illustrations, but not quite enough maps.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   18th century    -   17th century History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army    -   Navy    -   Mercenaries History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   British Specific war?    -   Revolutionary War (US)

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Protestants! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

Part of a series?    -   Yes How much gore?    -   4 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players How much romance?    -   2 () Is book humorous?    -   Yes How much humor?    -   2 () If humorous, kind of humor    -   Dry-cynical Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Minor characters feature lots of:    -   military Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot Maps necessary?    -   Not enough maps Length of book    -   450 pages+ How much emphasis on small details?    -   3 ()

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