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Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress Paperback – November 4, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest Book
  • Paperback: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (November 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156027747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156027748
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jan Morris served as an intelligence officer with the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, studied at Oxford University, and was a reporter for the Times and the Guardian before launching into a successful career as a novelist, history author, and travel writer. Her other books include Last Letters from Hav, Fifty Years of Europe, Conundrum, Hong Kong, Oxford, The World of Venice, and Farewell the Trumpets.

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This is the way to write (and read) history.
JAD
In the few instances where the perspective is obviously skewed, the informed student of history can easily read between the lines.
V. Burgett
I gave this 6 CD set a 5 star rating for its easy-flowing, fact-packed and totally informative content.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JAD on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the way to write (and read) history. Morris gives us silly, sad and wonderful tales of real people whose characters enliven the shadow of Britain as cast across the world stage, lengthening as year succeeds to year.

This is the first of three volumes that cover the reign of Queen Victoria. We are treated to all of the stories of Empire, as the soldiers and sailors of the Queen spread out across the globe to forge a truly global sphere of influence.

History need not be dull, and Morris is proof. This and the other volumes in the trilogy are outstandingly fascinating. We are anywhere that the Sun Never Sets, among some of the most creative and eccentric people imaginable.

The entire trilogy is well worth your time and attention.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By V. Burgett on October 7, 2005
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I thoroughly enjoyed Jan Morris' survey of the 19th century British Empire. Having studied this topic from numerous other sources and perspectives, I still found this to be a refreshing account, and one that tied numerous facets into a cohesive whole. While some might regard Morris as writing with too much of a pro-British bias, I did not find the lack of politically-correct 'empire-bashing' to be problematic. Indeed, Morris emphasizes the negative (and the ludicrous) right alongside the positive. In the few instances where the perspective is obviously skewed, the informed student of history can easily read between the lines. In short, for the curious, I recommend this as the finest single volume on this topic, both for its informative content and its exciting, engaging writing style. I look forward to reading more of Morris' works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dolamore on November 25, 2012
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I gave this 6 CD set a 5 star rating for its easy-flowing, fact-packed and totally informative content. I was never bored for an instant, though I was disappointed that it ended when it did, before the end of the century, but I knew that this was one of a trilogy. The writer, and reader, brings to life the many colourful and quite incredible personalities that appeared to abound in those days. There was also no bias towards imperialism, and indeed, at times, clearly made the case against it, such as his portrayal of Gladstone and his opinion. A great work for anyone interested in history of this period.
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This work of inspired genius explains so much of the present day world that it - and its companion books - should be base reading in school curricula. And particularly for anyone living in a former European 19th century colony, whether British or otherwise. It's the engaging work of history I've personally read, a fabulous antidote to the flat, self-hating and soul-destroying Marxist historians and culture critics (the majority, whether they know it or not) and far outclasses even entertaining historical autobiographies or fictions like those of Michener. And yet it's all fact based. It's alive.

And has inspired other writers, notably Thedore Dalrymble, who seems to have looted not less that three successive chapters for three of his own less rounded, more ideological books.

Andrew Boughton
Sydney, Australia,
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda on December 25, 2012
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I could not find the humanity. It was touted as the story of England's grandeur, but instead all I found was the underbelly: the criminals of Australia, the Afrikans, the Thugees, the disdain for all other ethnic groups and religions and the pompous and self centered desire of an entire country to "teach them" all how to be British. The book lacked soul.
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