Title: Pax Britannica – Heaven’s Command; Pax Britannica; Farewell the Trumpets (3 vols, complete)
Author: James Morris, various photographers and illustrators
Publisher: The Folio Society, 1992
Condition: Hardcover, cloth with slipcase. Slipcase has some wear and tear and dents around the corners and edges (in average condition), but books are in excellent condition. Large and heavy set – shipping overseas will cost extra.
About the books (from GeoffreyLambert.com):
The first volume follows the chronology of the getting of Empire from the beginnings of the East India Company through the Indian Mutiny of 1857, to Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897. The second volume examines the heart of the Empire at its zenith, 1897. All the ingredients of the Empire are examined, from the spectacluar Jubilee itself, to pioneers and profit, the attitudes of the British to ‘their subject peoples’, the architecture, parks and gardens, the army and Royal Navy, and finally the omens for the future. The final volume follows the decline of empire from the Jubilee to Churchill’s death in 1965.
For anyone interested in the why and how of many of today’s international problems some part of the explanation can often be traced back to colonial times and the events leading to independence. Take India and the tragic events that lead to the formation of Pakistan; or the ‘straight line on a map’ borders of many African counties; and of Palestine. But this is not the best reason to read Morris’s volumes. The best reason is that one can quickly become immersed in another time; from the minutia (of Patrick Doyle, an Irishman, being knocked unconscious by a Russian for singing God Save the Queen) to the major events such as the Boer War; to cricket matches under the tropical glare. Morris captures the rhythm and beauty, the violence and madness, the eccentricities and dangers of the rise and fall of a grand Empire.