The English Revolution, The History of England Penguin Classics.
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Here's how restrictions apply. Don't have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. See all customer images. Showing of 58 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. 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 , 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.
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. 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 But, he was a literary genius.
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In between these two momentous events is a blow by blow description of the reign of James the II. He is a catholic prince reigning over a protestant people, and he systematically infuriates and alienates his entire population of subjects. Broken promises and outraged, misused people are characteristic of his rule; the stupidity of this king was surreal. Macaulay is undoubtably a biased historian, and very likely painted the picture more vividly than reality, but he is a master storyteller, and his readers are almost convinced to his views despite knowledge to the contrary.
The second volume of the work deals in great detail with the three year reign of James II and ends with his ouster at the hands of William and Mary.
Much effort is spent to convince the reader of James' tyrannical intentions and thereby establish the legitimacy of William and Mary's revolution. The work remains strongest chiefly in its highly lively and descriptive style. The rise and fall of James II, as Macaulay tells it, has the weight of a tragedy, except nobody has to die. I think Macaulay is right in speaking of it as very much to the credit of the English nation.
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