Long walk rather than a march
Posted: 03 Dec 2008 @ 00:00
The British Library exhibition ‘Taking Liberties’ celebrates the history of freedom and democracy — or does it, asks William Whyte
ALTHOUGH widely read, W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman’s 1066 and All That is undervalued as a historical authority, and woefully underestimated by professional historians and students alike. Yet it offers one of the best accounts of English history available.
Take the book’s account of the war with the Zulus, for example: “Cause: the Zulus. Zulus exterminated. Peace with Zulus.” You could not want for anything clearer. And, indeed, ...
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