A History of Britain

A History of Britain

DVD - 2010
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The fifteen-part series explores the vast history of the British Empire from 3000 BC to 1965. Simon Schama's compelling storytelling skills breathe new life into the dramatic stories of lives and moments in Britain's rich and colorful past.
Publisher: [London?] : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2010
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781419888700
Branch Call Number: DVD 941 HISTORY
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (ca. 882 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 12, 2018

A very well put together series; uses of animations, re-enactments, documents (both real and re-enacted) and even humble artifacts. Engagingly narrated and judgmental, but neither overly so nor too idiosyncratically so. It was overwhelmingly about the governance of the country and there was relatively little about how the institutions worked or even social history. I thought that the last half was far better than the first half. On the bonus disc the lecture on TV and problems of history was quite good. The last disc and the bonus disc of the set I borrowed were scratched and didn't play smoothly. On account of its length, it was hard to watch in a week, even in two (15 hour long episodes), but I would watch it again.

SnoIsleLib_MaronR Mar 29, 2018

The gold standard of British history documentaries. Schama was able to revitalize familiar stories, through an art historian's eyes. His piercing wit and impressionistic visuals were completely novel in 2000, and "A History of Britain" not been improved upon to this day.

Dec 11, 2013

Good synopsis of British history for those who may not be familiar with it. It is an entertaining presentation on a most fascinating subject. Those looking for more in depth coverage though may wish to look elsewhere.


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