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  • Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire - Pax Britannica, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
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    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. Huge in scope and ambition, it is always personal and immediate, bringing the story vividly to life. Pax Britannica, the second volume, is a snapshot of the Empire at the Diamond Jubilee of 1897. It looks at what made up the Empire —from adventurers and politicians to communications and infrastructure, as well as anomalies and eccentricities.

    Bryan says: "The British Empire at it's Peak"
    "Get lost in the past."
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    If you could sum up Pax Britannica in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing, surprising and fascinating


    What other book might you compare Pax Britannica to and why?

    The only other book I can think of that matches the breadth and depth of this one is The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't choose one. The range is so wide- across the Victorian British Empire, across the World. I loved hearing details about the Carribbean Sugar Colonies and the Maori in New Zealand.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But you can't really do anything else while listening the first time. You might miss something!


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy history, historical fiction, historical romances, or Jane Austen, this book will explain so much about how things work. Even Downton Abbey- understanding the time helps us understand motivations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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