• Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire
  • 13 CDs i **;
  • Unabridged
  • Mitwirkender: Jan Morris

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  • NAXOS AUDIO BOOKS, 07/2011
  • Einband: CD
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781843794691
  • Bestell-Nr.: 4925560
  • Umfang: 13 Seiten
  • Altersfreigabe: FSK ab 0 freigegeben - - -
  • Gewicht: 340 g
  • Maße: 165 x 137 mm
  • Stärke: 28 mm
  • Spielzeit: 25:00 Min.
  • Erscheinungstermin: 15.7.2011

  • Achtung: Artikel ist nicht in deutscher Sprache!

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The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s masterly telling of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura.



The Climax of an Empire Read by Roy McMillan

Jan Morris is a leading historian and travel writer. She has spent ten years working as a foreign correspondent and has written some 40 books of history, travel, biography and fiction, including Venice.

Roy McMillan is a director, writer, actor and abridger. For Naxos AudioBooks he has directed many readings, written podcasts and sleevenotes, and read titles such as The Body Snatcher and Other Stories, Bulldog Drummond and The French Revolution – In a Nutshell.

Klappentext

The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris's magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. Huge in scope and ambition, it is always personal and immediate, bringing the story vividly to life. Pax Britannica, the second volume, is a snapshot of the Empire at the Diamond Jubilee of 1897. It looks at what made up the Empire from adventurers and politicians to communications and infrastructure, as well as anomalies and eccentricities. This humane overview also examines the muddle of jumbled ideologies behind it, and how it affected its 370 million people.

Biografie

Jan Morris ist eine der bekanntesten britischen Schriftstellerinnen. In ihrer ersten Lebenshälfte war sie als James Morris ein legendärer Reporter und Auslandskorrespondent, der 1953 schlagartig berühmt wurde, als er unter abenteuerlichen Umständen den Exklusivbericht über die Erstbesteigung des Mount Everest in die Londoner Times brachte. 1972 unterzog sich Morris im Alter von 46 Jahren einer Geschlechtsumwandlung und lebt seither als Schriftstellerin.
  • Tracklisting

Disk 1 von 13

  1. 1 Introduction by Jan Morris
  2. 2 Pax Britannica ? The British Empire 1897
  3. 3 Chapter 1: The Heirs of Rome
  4. 4 2: The crowds outside waited in proud excitement
  5. 5 3: Many and varied energies had swept the British
  6. 6 Among the better-informed
  7. 7 "4: Within two minutes, we are told"
  8. 8 5: More gratifying still was the tribute of the Empire itself.
  9. 9 6: The procession itself was a superb display
  10. 10 7: Everybody agreed it was a great success.
  11. 11 Chapter 2: Palm and Pine
  12. 12 2: Outside this heterogeneous mass there shone
  13. 13 3: All this the British people surveyed
  14. 14 4: So they were motley origins
  15. 15 "5: Never since the world began, Seeley had written"
  16. 16 6: So it looked to the British.
  17. 17 Chapter 3: Life-lines
  18. 18 2: A favourite map of the time was the kind that showed
  19. 19 "3: Elaborate systems of supply, defence and communication"

Disk 2 von 13

  1. 1 The British held key ports and maritime fortresses
  2. 2 4: Backwards and forwards along the imperial shipping lanes
  3. 3 5: The British had invented submarine cables
  4. 4 "6: All this vast expertise, of ships and mails"
  5. 5 Chapter 4: Migrations
  6. 6 2: Emigration to the Empire was officially popular.
  7. 7 3: If the Empire dispersed the British
  8. 8 4: As for the flora and fauna
  9. 9 5: It multiplied so fast that its progeny became a plague
  10. 10 "6: Saddest of all, in their irrepressible impulse to control"
  11. 11 Chapter 5: Pioneers
  12. 12 2: It was a sign of the imperial times that Rhodesia
  13. 13 "3: As for us, said the Rhodesia Herald"
  14. 14 "4: The Company had been, it is true, under a cloud"
  15. 15 5: These were the homely pleasures of a frontier town
  16. 16 6: But far lower even than the vagrants in the social scale

Disk 3 von 13

  1. 1 7: Salisbury was scarcely a sentimental town.
  2. 2 Chapter 6: The Profit
  3. 3 2: In the 1890s this atavistic view of imperial profit
  4. 4 3: Trade was a steadier imperial impulse
  5. 5 The free ports of the Empire
  6. 6 4: It was a common belief among the late Victorians
  7. 7 5: Such was the profit-mechanism of Empire
  8. 8 6: So all these various instincts and impulses of profit
  9. 9 Chapter 7: The Glory
  10. 10 2: The Empire was at its zenith
  11. 11 "3: Dreams of private glory, too, forced the imperial play"
  12. 12 4: What incentives they were!
  13. 13 5: Many years before Dr. Livingstone had laid another trail
  14. 14 6: The evangelical mood was now past its prime
  15. 15 7: On a Governmental level
  16. 16 8: And there was one more stimulus to splendour
  17. 17 Chapter 8: Caste
  18. 18 The joke that niggers began at Calais was not entirely a joke.
  19. 19 3: But to be coloured was something else.
  20. 20 4: By the nineties the attitude had hardened.

Disk 4 von 13

  1. 1 In England those who believed the East could be
  2. 2 5: The immediate problems of race arose only
  3. 3 6: Yet this very class of Anglicized Asians and Africans
  4. 4 7: Among the settlers and planters of the tropical Empire
  5. 5 8: A vassal could qualify for respect
  6. 6 9: On the banks of the Hooghly River in Calcutta
  7. 7 "10: For it was not viciousness, nor even simply conceit"
  8. 8 11: Steevenss unspeakable conceit might speak
  9. 9 Chapter 9: Islanders
  10. 10 2: Like many another island fortress it had endured
  11. 11 3: It was a colony exceptional in its beauty
  12. 12 4: It was quite an elaborate little Government
  13. 13 5: A mile or so from Government House
  14. 14 "6: Often, when a merchant ship approached the entrance"
  15. 15 7: St. Lucias Diamond Jubilee accordingly
  16. 16 "8: But then a feu de joie, commented the Voice sourly"
  17. 17 9: Brigade-Surgeon Gouldsbury never returned to St. Lucia
  18. 18 Chapter 10: Imperial Order

Disk 5 von 13

  1. 1 2: The one immoveable thing about it was the Crown.
  2. 2 3: The Crown at the very summit
  3. 3 4: From the graceful little iron suspension bridge
  4. 4 5: It was an imperial maxim
  5. 5 6: Steeped in the traditions of the team spirit
  6. 6 7: Top jobs in the Empire sometimes went to grandees
  7. 7 8: The law was different.
  8. 8 "9: Loftily above it all, the supreme fount of imperial justice"
  9. 9 "10: Not the law as such, but the rule of law"
  10. 10 Chapter 11: Imperial Complexity
  11. 11 2: At one end were the great self-governing colonies
  12. 12 3: Nothing was uniform.
  13. 13 4: Consider the island of Ascension
  14. 14 5: Here are a few less spectacular anomalies of Empire.
  15. 15 6: And oddest of all the imperial phenomena was Egypt.
  16. 16 7: Paddling up the Nile with Oxford marmalade
  17. 17 8: It was all bits and pieces.
  18. 18 Chapter 12: Imperialists in General

Disk 6 von 13

  1. 1 "2: Nobody, of course, runs so true to type as that."
  2. 2 3: The aristocracy of Empire was the official class
  3. 3 4: Poor Anglo-Indians!
  4. 4 5: They walked dolorously to and fro under the glare
  5. 5 6: Among the white settlers everywhere
  6. 6 7: The maverick patrician escaped all this
  7. 7 Chapter 13: Imperialists in Particular
  8. 8 2: The age of the great explorers was almost over
  9. 9 3: There were only three British soldiers
  10. 10 The second soldier of the Empire was
  11. 11 4: Alone among the admirals of the imperial Navy
  12. 12 5: Of the proconsuls in the field of Empire that summer
  13. 13 6: Two politicians of very different stamp
  14. 14 Salisbury was a remote enigma to the British public.
  15. 15 7: The men Kipling called the doers were mostly unknown

Disk 7 von 13

  1. 1 Rhodes was first of all a money-maker.
  2. 2 8: There were other exceptional imperialists
  3. 3 Chapter 14: Proconsuls
  4. 4 2: Simla in 1897 was one of the most extraordinary places
  5. 5 3: In the morning Simla seemed different again
  6. 6 "4: Seven thousand feet up, eighty miles from a railway line"
  7. 7 5: The British Government in India was a despotism
  8. 8 6: So from top to bottom
  9. 9 7: But however original the young officers in the field
  10. 10 8: The Viceroy knew that his was a unique imperial trust.
  11. 11 9: It was a bad year in India
  12. 12 Chapter 15: Consolations
  13. 13 2: Sport was the first.
  14. 14 3: Drink came next ? food did not interest them half so much.
  15. 15 4: They liked their creature comforts

Disk 8 von 13

  1. 1 In Australia the clubs very early became strongholds
  2. 2 5: Throughout the length and breadth of the Empire
  3. 3 6: They had developed to a new pitch of finesse
  4. 4 7: They enjoyed themselves with tourism.
  5. 5 8: One easily detects pathos in these pleasures.
  6. 6 Chapter 16: Challenge and Responses
  7. 7 2: But one of the most enviable advantages
  8. 8 "3: For a century living dangerously, or alone"
  9. 9 4: Into the mystique of every British settlement
  10. 10 5: But there was to this great communal exploit
  11. 11 Chapter 17: Stones of Empire
  12. 12 2: Supreme in every imperial city stood the house of God
  13. 13 "3: Next to the house of God, the home of the Empire-builder."
  14. 14 4: Public buildings of the most august elaboration
  15. 15 5: One day in 1836 Colonel William Light
  16. 16 "6: The British, who generally neglected their waterfronts"
  17. 17 7: The Maharajah gave the order

Disk 9 von 13

  1. 1 The British had a genius for parks
  2. 2 8: The garden instinct of the English did not always survive
  3. 3 Chapter 18: Tribal Lays and Images
  4. 4 2: No English Delacroix arose
  5. 5 3: Few other professional painters made the Empire
  6. 6 4: Most of the statues in the British Empire
  7. 7 5: But they were mostly of the Queen.
  8. 8 "6: Marches and oratorios, fanfares and even ballets"
  9. 9 7: The difficulty about imperialism as a literary motif
  10. 10 8: Out of the frenzy three writers emerge
  11. 11 "Yet the third of our writers, a short-sighted journalist"
  12. 12 Nobody saw more clearly through the petty pretences
  13. 13 9: In literature as in art
  14. 14 Chapter 19: All by Steam!
  15. 15 2: The British Empire was a development agency
  16. 16 3: Some of the imperial works really were on the colossal scale.
  17. 17 4: But this was the railway age
  18. 18 5: There was no grand plan for the railways of the Empire.

Disk 10 von 13

  1. 1 In India especially
  2. 2 6: In the last three decades of the century
  3. 3 7: They were making a start with tropical medicine.
  4. 4 8: One gets the unfortunate impression
  5. 5 "9: The natives saw this millennium, and it worked."
  6. 6 Chapter 20: Freedmen
  7. 7 2: Canada was still a colony of the British Empire.
  8. 8 3: The imperial hegemony was tactfully exerted.
  9. 9 "4: Canada had become a nation, of a sort"
  10. 10 5: The first Europeans in Canada were the French
  11. 11 6: The British Canadians were loyal to the Crown
  12. 12 "7: An English Canadian, W.H. Drummond"
  13. 13 "8: They did not, for example, throw squibs at the Jubilee"
  14. 14 9: It was not a contented country.
  15. 15 Chapter 21: On Guard
  16. 16 2: The land forces of the Empire were drawn
  17. 17 3: The Army List of 1897 records only nine

Disk 11 von 13

  1. 1 4: This was not a promising formula for modern war
  2. 2 5: But also at the Queens command stood another army
  3. 3 6: It was in India that the martial heroism of Empire
  4. 4 7: No other imperial war had left memories so hallowed
  5. 5 8: Between them the two armies of the British Empire
  6. 6 Chapter 22: At Sea
  7. 7 2: The Royal Navy did not lack self-esteem.
  8. 8 3: These were the extravagances of a lost age
  9. 9 4: The social structure of the Navy
  10. 10 "5: British naval strategy, such as it was"
  11. 11 Chapter 23: Imperial Effects
  12. 12 "2: Let us ourselves, guide in hand, wander around London"
  13. 13 "3: And if, like every other visitor, we finally strolled"
  14. 14 4: The New Imperialism was too new
  15. 15 "5: Half without knowing it, the British had picked up"
  16. 16 6: In 1882 there appeared in the list of English cat breeds

Disk 12 von 13

  1. 1 7: A shifting population of colonials moved through London.
  2. 2 8: If the physical imprint of Empire was slight
  3. 3 9: The New Imperialism was potent politics.
  4. 4 10: But cause and effect were often muddled
  5. 5 11: So the foreigners first impression was right in a way.
  6. 6 Chapter 24: Overlords
  7. 7 2: Implanted in this melancholy setting were the Anglo-Irish
  8. 8 3: Many Anglo-Irish were understandably distressed
  9. 9 "4: The Cadogans stood, ex officio"
  10. 10 5: This queer regime remained undeterred
  11. 11 6: Much more permanent were the barracks
  12. 12 7: Of all the cities the British had created across the waters
  13. 13 8: Ireland was the only one of the Queens dominions
  14. 14 "9: Everything was orderly and peaceable,"
  15. 15 10: The Irish Times blushed.
  16. 16 11: The noblest cause? Treason or patriotism?
  17. 17 Chapter 25: Omens
  18. 18 2: If precedents were anything to go by
  19. 19 3: Would the barbarians one day take over?

Disk 13 von 13

  1. 1 But it was the sea that counted.
  2. 2 4: On Jubilee evening the Governor of Bombay
  3. 3 5: In Egypt almost nobody wanted the British to stay
  4. 4 6: Everything was under control
  5. 5 7: Was it all worth it?
  6. 6 8: But in that celebratory summer any weakening
  7. 7 9: It was not to be.
  8. 8 Chapter 26: The Song on Your Bugles Blown
  9. 9 2: Was it a Christian Empire?
  10. 10 3: Yet there was no rule to it.
  11. 11 4: A less involved imperial principle
  12. 12 "5: Plain Englishness, in those days, was a principle."
  13. 13 6: To many Britons this was not enough.
  14. 14 7: But if in some corners of the Empire
  15. 15 8: This was the saving flaw of British imperialism
  16. 16 Chapter 27: Finale
  17. 17 2: So their pride was understandable
  18. 18 3: The New Imperialism quickly subsided.

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