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The war that wasn't over by Christmas

Advantages: Lively yet often sombre, concise account of the war
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Throughout the nineteenth century, Britain was regularly at war with one or more overseas nation, be it France, Russia, South Africa or elsewhere. These conflicts generally passed the public by, except for families who had loved ones serving overseas. W ...

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Review of Great Britain's Great War - Jeremy Paxman

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Coming to terms with our imperial past

Advantages: Very well-researched, sometimes wryly amusing account of the Brtish Empire
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In the 21st century, the British Empire may be an anachronism, something for which hand-wringing politicians and church leaders may be ever ready to apologise. Many of us have grown up just as the last imperial remnants overseas were crumbling away. Yet ...

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Review of Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British - Jeremy Paxman

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Looking beyond those gloomy, sentimental pictures

Advantages: Fascinating, comprehensive and very enthusiastic look at Victorian pictures
Disadvantages: Unless the subject matter leaves you cold - absolutely none

...Oh, Victorian paintings. Large, horrible, gloomy, dark, sentimental pictures which you'd cross the street to avoid. Right? Well, no. There's more to them than meets the eye. Victoriana has always had a bad press, but if anybody is equipped to fight b ...

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Review of The Victorians - Jeremy Paxman

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Grrrr!

Advantages: Informative and entertaining
Disadvantages: Slow in places

...What do politicians do? No, I don’t mean to be facetious – the fact is that most of us only have a vague idea of the most basic functions of politicians. The Political Animal remedies that. As you expect from Jeremy Paxman, it holds no punches, but neithe ...

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Review of The Political Animal - Jeremy Paxman

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Advantages: Concise, well written and informative
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...Part political history, part psychological analysis of what inspires those we choose to lead us. The Political Animal looks at a wide range of politicians almost as though they were a completely different species; and in a way they are. Having been pol ...

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