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The Evolution of an Empire: A Brief Historical Sketch of England   By: (1843-1911)

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The Evolution of an Empire: A Brief Historical Sketch of England, written by Mary Platt Parmele, is an engaging and informative account of the rise and development of one of the world's most remarkable empires. Parmele's comprehensive examination takes readers on a journey through centuries of English history, shedding light on the key events, personalities, and social shifts that shaped the nation.

What sets this book apart is Parmele's ability to condense centuries of complex history into a concise and accessible narrative. The author begins with the earliest recorded history of England, deftly navigating through Roman invasions, Viking raids, and the Norman Conquest. She skillfully guides readers through the ensuing centuries, effortlessly weaving in significant developments such as the Magna Carta, the Wars of the Roses, and the Reformation.

One of the book's strengths lies in Parmele's attention to detail when it comes to important historical figures. From Alfred the Great to Queen Elizabeth I, prominent leaders are vividly portrayed, enabling readers to comprehend their impact on the nation's growth and identity. Furthermore, Parmele effectively examines the influence of influential movements and ideas, such as the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, in shaping England's trajectory.

The author's writing style is clear and engaging, making it easy for both history enthusiasts and newcomers to grasp the material. Parmele often draws parallels between past and present, providing a broader context for readers to understand contemporary England. By recognizing the connections between historical and modern events, Parmele effectively conveys the ongoing relevance of the nation's past.

While the book successfully captures the essence of England's historical evolution, some readers might find the brevity of certain sections lacking in depth. Given the wide scope of material covered, it is understandable that certain periods receive less attention. However, this brevity can also be seen as a positive aspect, allowing readers to gain a broad understanding of England's history before delving into more specific subjects of interest.

Overall, The Evolution of an Empire: A Brief Historical Sketch of England is a captivating and concise exploration of England's rich history. Parmele's ability to condense centuries of complex events into a coherent narrative, combined with her engaging writing style, ensures that readers will emerge with a deeper appreciation and understanding of how England evolved into the empire it became. Whether one seeks an introduction to English history or desires a refresher, this book is an excellent choice.

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Will the readers of this little work please bear in mind the difficulties which must attend the painting of a very large picture, with multitudinous characters and details, upon a very small canvas! This book is mainly an attempt to trace to their sources some of the currents which enter into the life of England to day; and to indicate the starting points of some among the various threads legislative, judicial, social, etc. which are gathered into the imposing strand of English Civilization in this closing 19th Century.

The reader will please observe that there seem to have been two things most closely interwoven with the life of England. RELIGION and MONEY have been the great evolutionary factors in her development.

It has been, first, the resistance of the people to the extortions of money by the ruling class, and second, the violating of their religious instincts, which has made nearly all that is vital in English History.

The lines upon which the government has developed to its present Constitutional form are chiefly lines of resistance to oppressive enactments in these two matters... Continue reading book >>

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