A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
Vol. I The Birth of Britain; Vol. II The New World; Vol. II The Age of Revolution; Vol. IV The Great Democracies.
London, London, Cassell and Compnay, Ltd. 1956
Following Marlborough's victory at Blenheim in 1704 and ending with Wellington's defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, Churchill recounts Britain's rise to world leadership over the course of the eighteenth century.
This last volume spans the period between 1815 and 1901. It draws to a close when the British Empire is at its peak - with a staggering one-fifth of the human race presided over by the then, longest reigning monarch in British history, Queen Victoria. As with the other volumes it is a history not only of the English-speaking peoples, but also of the world that they inhabit. Churchill traces the footsteps of these inhabitants, whether it is to Canada and South Africa, Australia and New Zealand or across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. He charts the rise of Germany and the unification of Italy, and examines the situation in the Balkans in 1878 - all of which had a deep and lasting impact on the geography of the European continent today.
Churchill commenced work on this in the 1930s when he was basically unemployed but didn't complete it until 1958, by which time, enhanced by the Second World War, he firmly believed in Britain's 'Special Relationship with the U.S. at the time and in consequence, that country's history is diligently covered.
First editions; 4 volumes, staggered publication from 1956-58, 8vo (246 x 165 mm each); illustrated with maps and charts; modern half red morocco gilt, top edges gilt, housed in a leather-entry slip-case, a fine and very handsome set.
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