Historian David Cannadine talks about his new history of Britain in the 19th century – a work that describes both its dynamism and its darkness. Cannadine paints a picture of a country that sees itself at the summit of the world but also of a society beset by doubt, fear and introspection. He argues that British society was far from being one characterised by self-belief. In reality, it was obsessed by its sense of fragility, whether as a great power or as a moral force.
‘This is stupendous. The British 19th century, in all its complexity, all its horror, all its energy, all its hopes is laid bare. This is the definitive history, and will remain so for generations.’ A N Wilson
Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA, President, The British Academy; Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University;Visiting Professor, Unversity of Oxford
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