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The History of England
- London - Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1849 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A complete set of Macaulay's renowned History of England. Thomas Babington Macaulay was a British poet, historian and Whig politician. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer, and on British history. Macaulay's approach to writing the History was innovative for his period. He consciously fused the picturesque, dramatic style of classical historians such as Thucydides and Tacitus with the learned and factual approach of his 18th century precursors such as Hume, following the plan laid out in his own earlier Essay on History (1828). Volume I (1849, third edition), Volume II (1854, tenth edition), Volume III (1855, first edition), Volume IV (1855, first edition) and Volume V (1861, first edition). The History is famous for its brilliant ringing prose and for its confident, sometimes dogmatic, emphasis on a progressive model of British history. According to this view, England threw off superstition, autocracy and confusion to create a balanced constitution and a forward-looking culture combined with freedom of belief and expression. This model of human progress has been called the Whig interpretation of history. Complete in five volumes. Condition: In half-calf bindings. Externally sound, though with some rubbing and a few marks. One jointcracked. Internally, generally firmly bound, though slightly strained in places. Pages are bright, though with some patches of foxing throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..
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