The History of England   -     By: Lord Thomas Macaulay
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The History of England

Penguin Books / 1979 / Paperback

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Thomas Babington Macaulay won instantaneous and outstanding success in proese and poetry, in politics and oratory. His book, translated throughout Europe and achieving sales in Amercica second only to the Bible, immediately became the canon of historical orthodoxy, replacing previous histories so completely that it is now difficult to see past its long and apparently effortless triumph.
Though the theme of this book is clearly defined--the 1688 Revolution and the reign of William III which effectively consolidated that Revolution--it succeeds in presenting Macaulay's interpretation of the whole course of English History. He firmaly reasserted the primacy of politics in the historical process as the essential motor of social change.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1979
ISBN: 0140431330
ISBN-13: 9780140431339

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One of the greatest figures of his age, Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-59) was widely admired throughout his life for his prose, poetry, political acumen and oratorical skills. Among the most successful and enthralling histories ever written, his History of England won instantaneous success following the publication of its first volumes in 1849, and was rapidly translated into most European languages. Beginning with the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and concluding at the end of the reign of William III in 1702, it illuminates a time of deep struggle throughout Britain and Ireland in vivid and compelling prose. But while Macaulay offers a gripping narrative, and draws on a wide range of sources including historical accounts and creative literature, his enduring success also owes a great deal to his astonishing ability to grasp, and explain, the political reality that has always underpinned social change.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-59) was widely admired throughout his life for his prose, poetry, political acumen and oratorical skills. Among the most successful and enthralling histories ever written, his History of England won instantaneous success following the publication of its first volumes in 1849, and was rapidly translated into most European languages.

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