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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London: Cassell and Company Ltd,, 1956–8. 4 volumes, octavo (237 × 152 mm). Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in dark blue crushed morocco, titles to spines gilt, gilt rules to covers, turn-ins and edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Illustrated throughout with maps and genealogical tables. Spines a touch browned; an excellent set, handsomely bound. First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief in the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States. Consequently he gave considerable attention to the key events of American history: around a quarter of the third volume, The Age of Revolution, is dedicated to the War of Independence, and a full third of the final volume, The Great Democracies, contains a detailed study of the American Civil War.
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