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Perhaps the most famous example of the "Whig interpretation of history"-the idea that the human story has been inevitably destined for enlightenment, progress, and scientific truth-this five-volume work instantly revolutionized the British understanding of history when its first volume was published in 1848. Though not without its detractors-Karl Marx called author BARON T ...more
Hardcover, 556 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1848)
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Sarah
June 28th finished History of England from the ascension of James II vol. II by Thomas Macaulay.

This is the second book in a five volume series. This volume begins with James II being given the throne by the tories, and ends with his ignominious flight to France, leaving the throne vacant. The crown is formally offered to William and Mary the prince and princess of Orange by a free Parliament. In between these two momentous events is a blow by blow description of the reign of James the II. He i
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Zachary Moore
The second volume of the work deals in great detail with the three year reign of James II and ends with his ouster at the hands of William and Mary. Much effort is spent to convince the reader of James' tyrannical intentions and thereby establish the legitimacy of William and Mary's revolution. The work remains strongest chiefly in its highly lively and descriptive style.
Bob Mitchell
The second installment in the majestic five-volume survey of British history highlights the best and worst of Macaulay's work. The prose is simply marvelous. Nineteenth-century historians embraced narrative and story-telling, and no one does it better than Macaulay.
Fred R
The rise and fall of James II, as Macaulay tells it, has the weight of a tragedy, except nobody has to die. I think Macaulay is right in speaking of it as very much to the credit of the English nation.
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I will probably never read this, except for reference purposes, because occasionally you want to know what they thought of William of Orange back when my copy was published in 1865.
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Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay PC (25 October 1800 – 28 December 1859) was a British poet, historian and Whig politician. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer, and on British history. He also held political office as Secretary at War between 1839 and 1841 and Paymaster-General between 1846 and 1848.

As a young man he composed the ballads Ivry and The Armada, which he late
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