The Great Democracies (A History of the English-Speaking Peoples #4)
The Bishop's House was a comfortable, double dwelling of a smooth, bright red brick and large, plate-glass windows, situated in a plot at the western end of Waverley Place. It had been bought by the Diocese in the nineties, and was representative of that transitional period in American architecture when the mansard roof had been repudiated, when as yet no definite types ha...more
Published December 1958 by Orion Publishing Co
(first published January 1st 1958)
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At last, I managed to finish Churchill's History. I can tell that he intended to tell this story to unite the English speaking peoples in an alliance against the threat of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism. The history outlines the common heritage of the people inhabiting the British Isles, and all the lands they colonized. It also records all the internecine conflicts between them, from the Anglo-Saxons vs. the Britons, to the American Civil War. He recognizes that despite their common roots, Eng...more
A synopsis of many countries history as told by one of the greatest leaders of one of the greatest countries of the past few centuries. Curious to review, as this time frame preceded the worst century of human history”the 20th, as governments oversaw Millions of their own people die, and then there were the 2 world wars that preceded this carnage. No slavery in MX 1821, British empire 1833. A thorough account of our civil war, with note that leaders of both sides may have prolonged the war as th...more
This was a really good overview of English and American history. I have now read both the first in the series, A History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume I: The Birth of Britain, and this volume. I learned a lot of 19th century British history that I had heard almost nothing about, and also about Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and India. His section on the American Civil War and Reconstruction was superb. I understood some of the battles like I never had before. I like Wins...more
An appropiate finale to the attempt. But today - 60+ years after publication - the lasting value of the work is how it mirrors the attitudes and perceptions of its author, who certainly let these influence his contribution to the history of the English Speaking Peoples. So a great read for the student of WSC, but not obsolete, uneven ( just polictial/military History) and essentially based on a stretched premise: an special lasting relation between England and colonies/subjugated states such as...more
I was surprised at the 100 pages on America's Civil War - definitely a different take, both with his changing levels of detail on the military tactics and his view of the principals. Also, as this dealt more with slavery and colonies, there was a lot more racism than would be acceptable today (probably fairly enlightened for the 1930s). I'm glad I read this series - a good, readable, extensive history. Now back to genre books for the rest of the year!
Most disappointing of the four volumes. Except for brief mentions, the English speakers of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are left out. Churchill's aristocratic background shows in his implied sympathy for southern American planters during and after the Civil War. He also interprets the high number of slaves who stayed on the plantations during the war as proof of their "loyalty" to their owners and describes share-cropping as a "novel" approach to land acquisition. Back in England, the chap...more
I had the most difficulty following Churchill's description of the U.S. Civil War- in European wars it's easier to tell one side from the other by the sound of the name, but in this case I would have liked more frequent contextual clues to what side a Longstreet or Jackson or similar was on.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings, "for his mastery...moreMore about Winston Churchill...