A History of Britain: The British Wars 1603–1776 by Simon Schama

By Simon Schama

Simon Schama explores the forces that tore Britain aside in the course of centuries of dynamic swap - remodeling outlooks, allegiances and boundaries.

From the start of July 1637, battles raged on for two hundred years - either at domestic and in a foreign country, on sea and on land, up and down the size of burgeoning Britain, throughout Europe, the USA and India. so much will be wars of religion - waged on wide-ranging grounds of political or spiritual conviction. yet as wars of non secular passions gave strategy to campaigns for revenue, the British humans did come jointly within the imperial company of 'Britannia Incorporated'.

The British Wars is a narrative of revolution and response, idea and disenchantment, of growth and disaster, and Schama's evocative narrative brings it vividly to lifestyles.

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