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Historia. 2, En ny värld (1956)

av Winston S. Churchill

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Serier: A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (2)

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This history will endure; not only because Sir Winston has written it, but also because of its own inherent virtues - its narrative power, its fine judgment of war and politics, of soldiers and statesmen, and even more because it reflects a tradition of what Englishmen in the hey-day of their empire thought and felt about their country's past. The Daily Telegraph Spanning four volumes and centuries of history, from Caesar's invasion of Britain to the start of World War I, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples stands as one of Winston Churchill's most magnificent literary works. Begun during Churchill's 'wilderness years' when he was out of government, first published in 1956 after his leadership through the darkest days of World War II had cemented his place in history and completed when Churchill was in his 80s, it remains to this day a compelling and vivid history. The second volume - The New World - explores the emergence of Britain on the world stage and a turbulent period at home- from Henry VIII's break with Rome and the English Reformation to the fending off of the Spanish Armada and the schism between parliament and crown that led to the civil war, the fall and rise of the monarchy and the rule of Oliver Cromwell. The book also covers the historic journey of the 'Mayflower' that saw the English-speaking peoples' arrival in the Americas.… (mer)

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many things I didn't know ( )
  mahallett | Oct 21, 2020 |
Vol. II , A history of the English-Speaking Peoples
  Buttercup25 | Jan 31, 2020 |
This book covers the Tudor, Elizabeth and the rivalry with Spain. The narrative is at its best in its short formulas or parallelisms such as when Winston compares Oliver Cromwell with Napoleon Bonaparte:

When the Abbé Sieyès returned to Paris after Napoleon's expulsion of the Republican's legislature upon the 18th Brumaire, to which he was a party, he remarked to his colleagues in the Director, "Gentlement! We have a master". England-nay, England Scotland and Ireland - Had a master now; and that was all they had. But how different was his this master from the glittering adventurer of the eighteenth century! Napoleon was sure of himself. He had no scruples. He knew what he wanted to do. He intended to have supreme power in his hands, and to use that power without limit till he and his family controlled the world. He cared nothing for the past; he knew he had no means of governing the distant future; but the present was his prize and his spoil.
Cromwell, although crafty and ruthless as occasion claimed, was at all times a reluctant and apologetic dictator. He recognized and deplored the arbitrary character of his own rule, but he had no difficulty in persuading himself that his authority sprang both from Above and below. Was he not the new Moses, the chosen protector of the poeple of God, commanded to lead them into the Promised Land, if that could indeed be found? ( )
  Artymedon | Jun 9, 2018 |
Full marks for being a history that can be read aloud. The rhetorical level aside, this is a relative rose-coloured trot through the history of Great Britain until the Glorious Revolution of 1688, beginning with the Tudor monarchy. Easy to read, but not very deep. I seem to have read it at least twice. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 21, 2013 |
Overall, this is not his best, nor his worst, work. At times it can be a little too technical, or technological (as concerns weapons), or even tactical (as opposed to strategic), to be really narrative in the purest sense of the word. But the main bit, the political outline, which, in this context, means dynastic detail, is adequate, and the prose is done as well as you might expect, or even, at times, as well as you may have hoped for...so I suppose whatever flaws there are, are not of the sort that really mars a book. And it's even true that, at times, it's sensitive to topics which are social, religious, and economic. (And although I'm sure some will unfairly fault him for not being fair enough about certain things, I found him to be fair, in his way.)

Anyway, it is...good. Not great, not bad, but good.

And the first chapter ("The Round World"), plus the last section of chapter seven, are especially worth reading.

And anyway, the fact is, that even though some people might get more on Sir Francis Drake, and the rest of them, than they might like, yet it still remains that Churchill handles both the troubled, romantic Tudors, and the almost-stupidly-Important Stuarts, with skill and competence.

"We reach here, amid much confusion, the main foundation of English freedom." And it was messy.

It did turn out though.

"The title of Protector (someone said)...is not limited by any rule or law; that of King is."

And the quality picks up, or changes, in a way, at the end, when Churchill's ancestors--mostly Marlborough--come into view (for to fight the French!).

In this sort of book, it's always an issue balancing the political and the military stuff, among other things. But this is certainly one example of a certain degree of success.

(8/10) ( )
  Tullius22 | Feb 12, 2012 |
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This history will endure; not only because Sir Winston has written it, but also because of its own inherent virtues - its narrative power, its fine judgment of war and politics, of soldiers and statesmen, and even more because it reflects a tradition of what Englishmen in the hey-day of their empire thought and felt about their country's past. The Daily Telegraph Spanning four volumes and centuries of history, from Caesar's invasion of Britain to the start of World War I, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples stands as one of Winston Churchill's most magnificent literary works. Begun during Churchill's 'wilderness years' when he was out of government, first published in 1956 after his leadership through the darkest days of World War II had cemented his place in history and completed when Churchill was in his 80s, it remains to this day a compelling and vivid history. The second volume - The New World - explores the emergence of Britain on the world stage and a turbulent period at home- from Henry VIII's break with Rome and the English Reformation to the fending off of the Spanish Armada and the schism between parliament and crown that led to the civil war, the fall and rise of the monarchy and the rule of Oliver Cromwell. The book also covers the historic journey of the 'Mayflower' that saw the English-speaking peoples' arrival in the Americas.

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