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by Samuel Austin Allibone,Baron Thomas Babington Macaula Macaulay

Category: Europe
Subcategory: History books
Author: Samuel Austin Allibone,Baron Thomas Babington Macaula Macaulay
ISBN: 1144758114
ISBN13: 978-1144758118
Language: English
Publisher: Nabu Press (February 17, 2010)
Pages: 478
Fb2 eBook: 1880 kb
ePub eBook: 1630 kb
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Book digitized by Google and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tp.

Book digitized by Google and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tp.

Macaulay uses about 100 pages to bring readers up to date from the earliest monarchies to the Restoration, and . Macaulay is unlike other historians.

Macaulay uses about 100 pages to bring readers up to date from the earliest monarchies to the Restoration, and from there, goes on for about 50 years. The first volumes relate the reign of James II, and the final volumes the reign of William III. His wit and humanity appeal to the taste of the most hardened readers in every chapter. He ridicules where necessary, debates where necessary, and extols where necessary.

Стр. 275 - If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the' golden image which thou hast set u. Встречается в книгах (1195) с 1730 по 2008. Стр. 298 - His conscience was not satisfied; and he should not acquit the Bishops.

Easy to read, pages flew by, when I picked it up. Gives a thorough picture of England in the 1600s.

Preface to the fifth volume

I HAVE thought it right to publish that portion of the continuation of the "History of England" which was fairly transcribed and revised by Lord Macaulay.

For the history of our country during the last hundred and sixty years is eminently the history of physical, of moral, and of intellectual improvement

For the history of our country during the last hundred and sixty years is eminently the history of physical, of moral, and of intellectual improvement. Those who compare the age on which their lot has fallen with a golden age which exists only in their imagination may talk of degeneracy and decay: but no man who is correctly informed as to the past will be disposed to take a morose or desponding view of the present

The History of England book The History of England is a glimpse into the larger work of Lord Macaulay that really doesn’t give the reader a constancy to see why it was such.

The History of England book. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally. Sir Thomas James Babington Macaulay, Baron of Rothley-more commonly known as Lord Macaulay-is yet another of those creatures of former ages who could fill volume after volume with excellent prose, seemingly without effort. He wrote reams: this work itself, in the original, runs to five volumes. The History of England is a glimpse into the larger work of Lord Macaulay that really doesn’t give the reader a constancy to see why it was such an important piece of historical literature.

With numerous Illustrations, Original and from the Antique, drawn on Wood by George Scarf, Ju. and engraved by Samuel Williams. Встречается в книгах (351) с 1803 по 2006.

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Comments to eBook The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Black_Hawk_Down.
I've been meaning to read this book for decades. It is out of favor with the politically correct because it doesn't have enough about gays, transgenders, Marxism and patriarchy, but it was written in 1848, so why would it? Unlike most histories written then, it is not just about battles and diplomacy. Macaulay makes a point of discussing art, culture, trade and other subjects that weren't considered to be worthy of a serious historian. The chief pleasure of the work is the writing style, which has seldom been equalled in English. Some Amazon reviewers say that the language is antique and difficult, but I don't think it is. Here's a sample, so you can judge for yourself. Macaulay is discussing Oliver Cromwell--

"While he lived his power stood firm, an object of mingled aversion, admiration, and dread to his subjects. Few indeed loved his government; but those who hated it most hated it less than they feared it. Had it been a worse government, it might perhaps have been overthrown in spite of all its strength. Had it been a weaker government, it would certainly have been overthrown in spite of all its merits. But it had moderation enough to abstain from those oppressions which drive men mad; and it had a force and energy which none but men driven mad by oppression would venture to encounter."

That requires that you pay attention, but it is not needlessly complicated. The prose style fits the intricacy of Macaulay's ideas, unlike Gibbon, for example, who always used twice the number of words needed to express even the simplest thought.
The ebook conversion is better than average. I've noticed about one typo every ten pages. And the price is right.
Braendo
OK, history isn't written this way any more and contemporary historians don't read him any more. And, OK, he was lambasted as the proponent of Whig History. Progressive (always progressing) liberal enlightenment Absurdly Anglo Centric.... OK.

But, he was a literary genius. He was also a brilliant and masterful story teller. There are caveats. First if you haven't already studied the period he covers, this is not an introduction. Not should it be accepted as a valid synopsis of the period. Only as a very singular and brilliantly evocative depiction of a particular and compelling perspective. Also, like Gibbon, who was equally, and maybe even more so an absolute master of prose narrative, it can take some initial effort to get with the flow of his writing style. His thoughts and the narrative drive are effortless and pellucid. But the style is from another age and a distinct discipline. No longer taught in modern schools. I believe Churchill thought him a great model of writing concision and clarity.

These caveats aside. Reading him is a joy and a pleasure and deeply instructive. We live, self consciously, in a supposedly "post modern" post deconstructivist age. It is not a bad idea to use our history to appreciate what was of true worth and value in past ages. The now and the then can offer insights, each into the other. So that, maybe, after all, there might be some progress...

There are some garbled sentences or passage due to transcription errors. Just a few.
Alien
As of mid-2011, this is by far the best Macaulay available on Kindle. It's a fine text with next to no typographical errors and complete notes. The notes in the back are not linked, but they can be reached by a number search, and the numbers are given in the main text very clearly. Most of the notes are just references; the few that are discussions can be read in a lump, meaning the reader doesn't have to go back to the notes except at long intervals.

The five-volume format is a little fussy, but it reproduces the way the books originally came out. Meanwhile the Kindle competitors are clumsier because of their greater length, and cost a couple bucks instead of nothing. This five-volume version lacks detailed chapter summaries, but those hardly seem necessary (they were added by the etext creators, not Macaulay), especially when the books can be searched.

Macaulay sets up well on Kindle because he names so many names. Even in his own time, reviewers sometimes objected to how many named characters he had, but the Kindle search capacity tames this difficulty down.

The book itself is magnificent, and there is no better copy even in print nowadays. The Penguin version, for example, is abridged.

All in all, the perfect Kindle buy.
CrazyDemon
Want to know how where and how the United States was conceived 88 years before its birth read this detailed account of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which sparkles with wit and conviction in spite of the author's formal 19th century style. The book reads like Time Magazine before it was dumbed down. It is actually fun to read. If you are kindling it, you can highlight the names of 17th century people and Wiki or google them right from the text.
Macaulay was a lawyer and practicing politician who was on the winning side of the anti slavery faction in parliament, and the reform bill of 1832, which brought the UK close to revolution. (Towns were actually arming themselves.) Experience as one of the junior leaders in the hurly burly of a major constitutional change helped Macaulay to explain the politics of charles, James and William's reigns. And it helped him explain why the test act, which kept Catholics from holding civil or military offices was necessary in the 17th century, and why James was no friend of religious liberty in spite of his wanting to repeal the test act and the strictures against non-conforming sects. (Any denomination except the Church of England.
And more importantly, he was also able to explain why England did not go from medieval parliamentary monarchy to royal despotism as did many European governments. Reading his account, you can figure out why the American Revolution didn't produce coup punctuated oligarchy as did many new world governments..
I gave it five stars in spite of the many typos and the fact that you can't access your highlightings or go to and from the table of contents.
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