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The New World (original 1956; edition 1956)

by Winston S. Churchill

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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 |
This is a very good book but Churchill leaves out (or should I say he only alludes in passing to) the impact of the printing press on the development of Tudor and later Stuart England, which is a glaring void. Otherwise, like the first volume, The Birth of Britain, a remarkable achievement by a man who was not averse to those. ( )
1 vote jrgoetziii | May 25, 2011 |
A very readable account of the period of English history stretching from the reign of Henry VII to the Glorious Revolution. Churchill slips in anecdotes where possible, and generally creates a book that is not to heavy to read. If you want an overview of British History, I would definitely recommend these books. ( )
  gavieb | Sep 10, 2009 |
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Vol. 2 of Storia dei popoli di lingua inglese, the Italian History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
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The New World is  Winston Churchill' re-creation of the most fateful periods in English and American history - the two centuries between 1785-1688.

These were the turbulent years which saw England win her far-flung Empire and defeat the might of Spain, when thousands of colonists left England's shores to journey to the new world - the years when England found herself torn by religious wars and persecutions. these were the times of the great kings and queens, of the rupture with Rome, the Puritan rebellion and Oliver Cromwell, dramatically brought to life by one of the greatest historians and statesmen of our time.
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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries England underwent a startling series of transformations. The turbulent reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts witnessed the Protestant Reformation, the growth of powerful monarchies, the English Civil War, and the colonization of the new world. In this, the second volume of his "History of the English Speaking Peoples", Sir Winston Churchill turned his considerable rhetorical and analytical acumen to weaving a compelling and insightful narrative of these formative centuries.

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This is the story of 2000 years of the British people told by a man who was himself an important protagonist in that history. The four volumes which comprise this history were published between 1956 and 1958.

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