The present period is so distinguished for historical research, thatthe publication of an English Chronicle, written in the fifteenthcentury, will not it is presumed require any other prefatory remarksto recommend it to attention, than a brief account of the MSS. fromwhich it has been transcribed. Two copies are extant in the BritishMuseum; the one in the Harleian MS. 565, the other in the CottonianMS. Julius B. I. and the material variations between them are eitheralluded to, or inserted in the Notes. The copy in the Harleian MS.ends with the 22nd year of the reign of Henry the Sixth, Anno 1442,about which time the volume was evidently written: but the othertranscript, which is in a much later hand, is continued to the deathof Edward the Fourth, Anno 1483, though after the accession of thatmonarch the narrative is barren and unsatisfactory. It may thereforebe inferred that the original compiler did not survive the death ofHenry the Sixth, and that the continuation was by another person. Withthe events of that period the writer is consequently to be deemedcontemporary; and all which he relates of the reigns of Henry theFourth, Fifth, and Sixth, are peculiarly deserving of notice; for somecurious facts are mentioned, many of which have never, it isbelieved, been so fully detailed, even if they were previously known;whilst of earlier times his statements are as worthy of credit asthose of other Chroniclers
One of thee volumes, the first being written by David Hume, a Scottish empiricist philosopher and historian. The book covers: The History Of England From The Invasion Of Julius Cæsar To The End Of The Reign Of James The Second. It achieved the status of a classic in Hume's lifetime and remained a best seller for more than a century.
England's Antiphon is a great research that belongs to the pen of George MacDonald. The book analyzes the origins of English religious poetry and its development from the early periods till the beginning of the twentieth century.
The James Tait Black Memorial Prize-winning biography by Giles Lytton Strachey, a British historian, biographer and critic. Though known for his ironical description of the Victorian era and humorous element in the biographies of famous personalities, Strachey expressed here grudging respect for the queen, instead of his usual biting irony.
The Conquest of the Old Southwest; the romantic story of the early pioneers into Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky, 1740-1790
From Content: "The romantic and thrilling story of the southward and westward migration of successive waves of transplanted European peoples throughout the entire course of the eighteenth century is the history of the growth and evolution of American democracy. Upon the American continent was wrought out, through almost superhuman daring, incredible hardship, and surpassing endurance, the formation of a new society. The European rudely confronted with the pitiless conditions of the wilderness soon discovered that his maintenance, indeed his existence, was conditioned upon his individual efficiency and his resourcefulness in adapting himself to his environment. The very history of the human race, from the age of primitive man to the modern era of enlightened civilization, is traversed in the Old Southwest throughout the course of half a century. A series of dissolving views thrown upon the screen, picturing the successive episodes in the history of a single family as it wended its way southward along the eastern valleys, resolutely repulsed the sudden attack of the Indians, toiled painfully up the granite slopes of the Appalachians, and pitched down into the transmontane wilderness upon the western waters, would give to the spectator a vivid conception, in miniature, of the westward movement. But certain basic elements in the grand procession, revealed to the sociologist and the economist, would perhaps escape his scrutiny. Back of the individual, back of the family, even, lurk the creative and formative impulses of colonization, expansion, and government. In the recognition of these social and economic tendencies the individual merges into the group; the group into the community; the community into a new society. In this clear perspective of historic development the spectacular hero at first sight seems to diminish; but the mass, the movement, the social force which he epitomizes and interprets, gain in impressiveness and dignity. As the irresistible tide of migratory peoples swept ever southward and westward, seeking room for expansion and economic independence, a series of frontiers was gradually thrust out toward the wilderness in successive waves of irregular indentation. The true leader in this westward advance, to whom less than his deserts has been accorded by the historian, is the drab and mercenary trader with the Indians. The story of his enterprise and of his adventures begins with the planting of European civilization upon American soil. In the mind of the aborigines he created the passion for the fruits, both good and evil, of the white man's civilization, and he was welcomed by the Indian because he also brought the means for repelling the further advance of that civilization. The trader was of incalculable service to the pioneer in first spying out the land and charting the trackless wilderness. The trail rudely marked by the buffalo became in time the Indian path and the trader's "trace"; and the pioneers upon the westward march, following the line of least resistance, cut out their roads along these very routes. It is not too much to say that had it not been for the trader-brave, hardy, and adventurous however often crafty, unscrupulous, and immoral-the expansionist movement upon the American continent would have been greatly retarded." --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
Excerpt from CHAPTER I: THE CAUSES OF THE WARIn many quarters of the world, especially in certain sections of the British public, people believed that the German nation was led blindly into the World War by an unscrupulous military clique. Now, however, there is ample evidence to prove that the entire nation was thoroughly well informed of the course which events were taking, and also warned as to the catastrophe to which the national course was certainly leading. Even to-day, after more than twelve months of devastating warfare, there is no unity of opinion in Germany as to who caused the war. Some writers accuse France, others England, while many lay the guilt at Russia's door. They are only unanimous in charging one or other, or all the powers, of the Triple Entente. We shall see that every power now at war, with the exception of Germany and Italy, has been held responsible for Armageddon, but apparently it has not yet occurred to Germans that the bearer of guilt for this year's bloodshed-is Germany alone! --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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In the nineteenth century many of the inhabitants of the Highland glens were cleared out, often by forcible eviction, to make way for a more profitable tenant--the Great Cheviot sheep. Families had to leave the homes where they had lived for generations. Thousands emigrated over the ocean in the hope of a better life. The tragedy of the Clearances, brought about by cynical, often absentee landowners, is a black page in Scotland's history. The effects of it are still being felt in Scotland--and in the countries where the unwilling migrants settled. Written while the effects it describes were still unfolding, Mackenzie's impassioned History brings the distress of the age unforgettably before the reader.