Troubador There Was a Time

Released: 28/05/2017

ISBN: 9781788037020

Format: Paperback

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There Was a Time

Great Britain's Place in the World 1707-1997: An Informal Account

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Prior to 1707, England had a tenuous grip on a few islands around the globe, some established commitments to colonies on the east coast of America and a shared interest in some parts of Canada, but there was no English Empire...

In that year the Union of England and Scotland was enacted during the reign of Queen Anne who inherited the burden of being embroiled in the War of the Spanish Succession. The war ended in 1714 with the new entity, Great Britain, victorious thanks largely to the joint army under the command of the Duke of Marlborough. Concessions of territory from France and Spain plus the most powerful navy ever built, left the new Great Britain as the most influential nation in the world.

In Europe after Marlborough there followed the Seven Years War, twenty-two years of Napoleonic Wars including Wellington in the Peninsular and Nelson’s four great battles. Britain was also at war with the USA for part of the same period. The Crimean, Zulu and Boer Wars together with both World Wars, each with its causes and consequences, are covered in some detail.

There Was a Time takes a measured look at the many and varied triumphs and tribulations to which Britain has been party since that time, mainly in European and Imperial conflicts but also taking breaks to look at the changing nature of life in Britain with the passage of time. Accounts are also given of major events in other countries, which defined the times and would have some impact upon British interests.

There Was a Time gives us a fascinating look back over Britain’s rich history. Written in an informative, easy-to-read style, it will equally appeal to the expert and novice historian.

“An excellent overview of Britain’s major role in modern international relations. Scholarly yet readable, the book is warmly recommended to all those who seek an accurate and highly accessible account of this important subject.”
– Emeritus Professor Anthony Kemp-Welch, University of East Anglia

A totally readable book which brings to life some of the most important events in our history. Also fully recommend it as teaching aid for those who want to study the subject in detail.

by Kay Corbett


A totally readable book which brings to life some of the most important events in our history. Also fully recommend it as teaching aid for those who want to study the subject in detail.

by Kay Corbett. DEVON


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