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Pax Britannica: Climax of an Empire (edició 2002)

de Jan Morris (Autor)

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The second instalment of the Pax Britannica Trilogy by Jan Morris, recreates the British Empire at its dazzling climax - the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, celebrated as a festival of imperial strength, unity, and splendour. This classic work of history portrays a nation at the very height of its vigour and self-satisfaction, imposing on the rest of the world its traditions and tastes, its idealists and rascals. The Pax Britannica Trilogy also includes Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress and Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat. Together these three works of history trace the dramatic rise and fall of the British Empire, from the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the death of Winston Churchill in 1965. Jan Morris is world-renowned for her collection of travel writing and reportage, spanning over five decades and including such titles as Venice, Coronation Everest, Hong Kong, Spain, A Writer's World and most recently, Contact! 'In scholarship and humour this portrait of the British Empire before its decline and fall might, without undue optimism, be placed upon the same shelf as Edward Gibbon's history. As a survey of its subject, I doubt that Pax Britannica can ever, in this generation be surpassed.' Financial Times… (més)
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Títol:Pax Britannica: Climax of an Empire
Autors:Jan Morris (Autor)
Informació:Mariner Books (2002), Edition: First, 552 pages
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Not as much fun as the first book in the trilogy. Nonetheless this is a fine picture of the British Empire at the time of Queen Victoria's jubilee in the late 19th century. Also, there is a good explanation regarding why the Empire could not last. Again, we see Gladstone, Disraeli, Lord Salisbury, etc. This shows the white colonies such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand identified with Great Britain but would not fiancé the British Navy. Some Brits truly had the imperial attitude:

It is with nations as with men ---
One must be first, we are the mightiest,
The heirs of Rome.
By John Davidson

Or the British attitude to native subjects:

Whatever happens we have got
The Maxim gun and they have not!

Then there is the reminder by Kipling in Recessional in 1897:

Far called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire;
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget---lest we forget!
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  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
This a good first book dealing with the complexities of that curious construction "the Empiah". Perhaps one should also read "King -of the Khyber Rifles" or the Memoirs of John Masters at the same time. But it's smooth and a polished presentation. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 17, 2013 |
Second part of Morris's British empire trilogy, providing a survey of Britain's overseas possessions at the high point of "new imperialism", Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee of 1897. Like the first part, it's a very lively read, full of colour and anecdote, and occasionally quite satirical, but the analysis is mostly rather indirect. We're allowed to work out for ourselves that empire may have been a good thing for a few middle-class investors and provided useful employment for the sons of the indigent upper classes, but it didn't usually do much good for the people of the countries Britain tried to rule, or indeed for the great mass of the working classes back home. ( )
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The second instalment of the Pax Britannica Trilogy by Jan Morris, recreates the British Empire at its dazzling climax - the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, celebrated as a festival of imperial strength, unity, and splendour. This classic work of history portrays a nation at the very height of its vigour and self-satisfaction, imposing on the rest of the world its traditions and tastes, its idealists and rascals. The Pax Britannica Trilogy also includes Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress and Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat. Together these three works of history trace the dramatic rise and fall of the British Empire, from the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the death of Winston Churchill in 1965. Jan Morris is world-renowned for her collection of travel writing and reportage, spanning over five decades and including such titles as Venice, Coronation Everest, Hong Kong, Spain, A Writer's World and most recently, Contact! 'In scholarship and humour this portrait of the British Empire before its decline and fall might, without undue optimism, be placed upon the same shelf as Edward Gibbon's history. As a survey of its subject, I doubt that Pax Britannica can ever, in this generation be surpassed.' Financial Times

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