A Shortened History of England. Front Cover. George Macaulay Trevelyan. Penguin Books, – Gran Bretaña- – Historia – pages. Trevelyan was an English historian whose work, written for the general reader as much as for the history student, shows an appreciation for the Whig traiditon in. A Shortened History of England has ratings and 17 reviews. Jon said: Why English majors should read history:For many centuries after Britain became.
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Pitt’s useful new device of the income-tax, which was continued till the end of the war, did something, but not enough, to redress the balance. When men collectively are very poor some few must be made rich if htere is to be any accumulation of weatlth for civilized purposes. William Shep rated it really liked it Jan 25, A useful tool I always address myself to when it comes to fill the gaps of my poor historical knowledge of England and the United Kingdom.
Altogether an informative overview of English history.
Sep 19, Ron rated it it was ok Shelves: I nthose days, kingship, feudalism and ecclesiasticism grew together teevelyan harmonious parts of a general movement. To see what your friends thought of tregelyan book, please sign up. By a gradual transition towards democracy, seldom hastening and never turning back, political rights were extended to all without a catastrophe. English society was then still aristocratic, while American society was already democratic.
Refresh and try again. There is no need to write in obscure language and resort to sophistry and semantic subterfuge to be taken seriously ahem, modern academics. In England politics and good society were closed to Puritans, while Puritanism dominated New England and pushed its way thence into all the other colonies; it was Anglicanism that was unfashionable in Massachusetts. More than an American will ever want to know and this is the short versionbut fascinating. A “shortened” history, indeed.
I picked up this book to learn from and not to read critically, so I can’t offer a lot of insight into Trevelyan’s integrity shorrtened originality as a scholar. This had the effect of increasing the adventurous and roving spirit of the new English nation, and of mingling classes as they were not mingled in Germany or France. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 31, Charles rated it really liked it. The period of Walpole and the Pitts was the heyday of the unchallenged abuses in all forms of corporate life.
Trivia About A Shortened Histo Jan 13, Philip rated it really liked it. The chief sufferers by the war were the working classes, for whom little was done except the general adoption of the policy originated by the Berkshire magistrates at Speenhamland, for granting rates in aid of wages to prevent families from positively dying of starvation.
About George Macaulay Trevelyan. Return to Book Page. No time for any questions at the end. Denele rated it really liked it Jul 14, Many shodtened, like poor old Mr Sedley in Vanity Fair, were broken by the sudden opening and shutting of markets, or the rise and fall of war prices. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In the mirror that Miss Austen held up to nature in the drawing-room, it is hard to detect any trace of concern of trouble arising from the war. Pitt and Castlereagh had defeated Napoleon himself, given peace to Europe, and won a hundred years of security for Great Britain.
As you can infer, I found parts of this history a bit dry. In Plantagenet times it normally went to the eldest son alone.
Its moist and mossy floor was hidden from heaven’s eye by a close-drawn curtain woven of innumerable tree-tops, which shivered in the breezes of summer dawn and broke into wild music of millions upon millions of wakening birds; the concert was prolonged from bough to bough with scarcely a break for hundreds of miles over hill and plain and mountain, unheard by man save where, at rarest intervals, a troop of skin-clad hunters, stone-axe in hand, moved furtively over the ground beneath, ignorant that they lived upon an island, not dreaming that there could be other parts of the world besides this damp green woodland with its meres and marshes, wherein they hunted, a terror to its four-footed inhabitants and themselves afraid.
It’s moist and mossy floor was hidden from heaven’s eye by a close-drawn curtain woven of innumerable treetops, which shivered in the breezes of summer dawn and broke into wild music of millions upon millions of wakening birds; the concert was prolonged from bough to bough with scarcely a break for hundreds of miles over hill and plain and mountain, unheard by man save where, at rarest intervals, a troop of skinclad hunters, ignorant that they lived upon an island, not dreaming that there could be other parts of the world besides this damp green woodland with its meres and marshes, wherein they hunted.
A Shortened History of England by George Macaulay Trevelyan
One of the greatest merits of this book, however, is his ability to be sympathetic trwvelyan previous eras, and to place events in their proper context, rather than simply judge them by modern standards and morality. The worship of Odin and Thor, the religion common to primitive Anglosaxon and Scandinavian, was pre-emimently a layman’s religion, a warrior’s religion, a religion of high-hearted gentlemen not overburdened with brains or troubled about their own souls.
All three were at once the exploiters and the saviours of an otherwise helpless society. But the better policy of an enforced minimum wage, though discussed, was unfortunately rejected as old-fashioned and unscientific. The shortenned British Revolution is still that of But striking, vivid images eg the victorious Saxons who refused to live in abandoned Roman villas meaning that for “some centuries, the Roman ruins must have stood as a familiar a sight as the roofless abbeys under the Stuart Kin Incredibly concise and beautifully written narrative history of Britain from pre-Roman times to pre WW2.
Meanwhile, Pitt’s Act made Trade Unions illegal, so that the workmen found it difficult, in the face of hostile authority, to keep up wages in their proper relation to prices. Nov 25, Paul Wilner rated it it was amazing.
Books by George Macaulay Trevelyan. It’s taken me about four months to read, and it was a day of great rejoicing when I finished. And the syortened part of the history, from the First World War to the Second the book was published in get somewhat skimpier treatment, with events too fresh to get his full attention.
A Shortened History of England
Lists with This Book. Laymen are becoming learned and are thinking for themselves. In two societies so widely set apart in the circumstances and atmosphere of everyday life, it required people with imaginative faculties like Burke, Chatham and Fox to conceive what the issues looked like to ordinary men on the other side of the Atlantic. Trevelyan does not theorize, but feels content to only “point like a showman to the things of the past, with their manifold and mysterious message”.