The Great Democracies

The fourth of Churchill s grandly ambitious four volume A History of the English Speaking Peoples begins with the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars and ends with the Boer War of 1902 In it, Churchill makes an impassioned argument for the crucial role played by the English speaking people in exporting not just economic benefits, but political freedom.Written in Churchill sThe fourth of Churchill s grandly ambitious four volume A History of the English Speaking Peoples begins with the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars and ends with the Boer War of 1902 In it, Churchill makes an impassioned argument for the crucial role played by the English speaking people in exporting not just economic benefits, but political freedom.Written in Churchill s characteristically compelling style, this volume is the only one in the series to benefit from Churchill s own personal experience as a soldier and a wartime journalist during the Boer War It provides fascinating reading for those interested in world history and England s impact on it.
The Great Democracies The fourth of Churchill s grandly ambitious four volume A History of the English Speaking Peoples begins with the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars and ends with the Boer War of In it Churchill

  • Title: The Great Democracies
  • Author: Winston S. Churchill
  • ISBN: 9780304363940
  • Page: 442
  • Format: None
  • Alliance Of Democracies Foundation The Alliance of Democracies Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to the advancement of democracy and free markets across the globe Our initiatives The Copenhagen Democracy Summit, The Expeditionary Economics Program, The Campaign for Democracy Democracy Democracy Greek d mokrata, literally Rule by People is a system of government where the citizens exercise power by voting.In a direct democracy, the citizens as a whole form a governing body and vote directly on each issue.In a representative democracy the citizens elect representatives from among themselves These representatives meet to form a governing body List of wars between democracies This is an incomplete list of wars between entities that have a constitutionally democratic form of government and actually practice it Two points are required that there has been a war, and that there are democracies on at least two opposing sides. Democracy Our World in Data Democracy is a political system with institutions that allows citizens to express their political preferences Over the past years there has been rapid growth in the share of the world living within democracies How has democracy changed over time See global and country level data. Cycle of Democracy Cycle of Democracy A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. How to end war and famine Make every country a democracy How to end war and famine Make every country a democracy Map of world freedom , based on rankings of Freedom House Green Free Yellow Partly Free Purple Not Free. Socialism WORKS for Canada or does it Canada s policy of trying to create a Just Society has been great for the working class Canadian Canada has created for herself one of the strongest social safety nets in the world that ensures that no one suffers Canada s world renowned health care system is also source of pride for all Canadians because of the satisfaction of knowing that everyone receives equal treatment, no matter how The SignS of DeconSoliDaTion Journal of Democracy The SignS of DeconSoliDaTion Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk Roberto Stefan Foa is a lecturer in politics at the University of Mel bourne, a principal investigator of Denmark, Finland and Belgium have best democracies A new democracy barometer shows the development of the thirty best democracies in the world Denmark, Finland and Belgium have the highest quality of democracy, whereas Great Britain, France Opinion Trump s Threat to Democracy The New York Times Jan , Two political scientists specializing in how democracies decay and die have compiled four warning signs to determine if a political leader is a dangerous authoritarian The leader shows only a

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    1. It only took this book 20 years to move from my TBR pile to this. This whole series has been wonderful. I can see now that it is probably continued somewhat in Churchill's books about the WWI and WWII. What a man Churchill was. What a way with words and thoughts. Highly readable and continually thought-provoking. In this volume, there is quite a bit of American history especially Civil War battle history. You can see that Churchill was also in danger of 'loving war too much' as he remarks about [...]

    2. This was a really good overview of English and American history. I have now read both the first in the series, A History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume I: The Birth of Britain, and this volume. I learned a lot of 19th century British history that I had heard almost nothing about, and also about Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and India. His section on the American Civil War and Reconstruction was superb. I understood some of the battles like I never had before. I like Wins [...]

    3. At last, I managed to finish Churchill's History. I can tell that he intended to tell this story to unite the English speaking peoples in an alliance against the threat of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism. The history outlines the common heritage of the people inhabiting the British Isles, and all the lands they colonized. It also records all the internecine conflicts between them, from the Anglo-Saxons vs. the Britons, to the American Civil War. He recognizes that despite their common roots, Eng [...]

    4. This is a huge subject. In four short volumes, Winston has given the significant events of western civilization, and concisely explained everything up till 1900. Amazing. Much of it is a whirlwind. It is not so great in its detailed analysis of particular events as it is an explanation of how things fit together in the grand scheme of things.

    5. I began listening to this 4-Volume masterpiece back in mid-March -- the Audible version, finely narrated by Christian Rodska. Having written a separate review on Volume 1, I can only broadly summarize some highlights here of Volumes 2, 3 and 4:Volume 2 covered the years 1485-1688, which included, in part, the Renaissance and Reformation, the English Civil War, the beginning of the Tudor line and of the American colonies, and the controversial rise of Oliver Cromwell (of whom Churchill was not a [...]

    6. Churchill wades through some thrilling stuff (American Civil War, Boer War), some turgid parts (Gladstone was a great PM who introduced huge changes but the narrative doesn't exactly romp through these parts) and some chunks of history that I knew very little of (the Irish Home rule question).Views upon history have changed much since Churchill wrote these volumes - for example with the American civil war, while Churchill acknowledges the evils of slavery he barely gives black America a role in [...]

    7. In my opinion the driest of the four volumes, it maintains Winston's interest in all things political and military, at the expense of everything else. For example, the American Civil war consumes a good third of the book; the Industrial Revolution is almost entirely overlooked. Allowing for this (would we expect anything more or less from Winston?), I'd award four stars, except that I found the Civil War chapters peculiarly tedious - Winston's enthusiasm for battle details got in the way of his [...]

    8. An immensely readable and interesting book packed with wisdom and insight by one who really knows what it is like to make history. It is also beautifully written and I enjoy how he takes the long view in politics. It seems that the late 19th century in British politics is very similar to the state of flux found in democracies today. And it will probably take decades to sort itself out just as occurred back then!

    9. Review title: Churchill opens the 20th Century--with a bangIn the final volume, Churchill brings his history up to the opening of the 20th Century (for an interesting extension of Churchill's outline to the end of the century, read Andrew Roberts fine effortThe job gets harder as the current of the English-speaking people broadens and deepens in imperial reach around the globe. Ireland supports rapid growth, then suffers famine, immigration, and religious warfare. South Africa expands across the [...]

    10. Winston Churchill was without doubt the greatest man to live in the 2nd millennium A.D. When the whole world was either neutral, allied with or dominated by Nazi Germany, only England stood against it. England was ready to fight but needed someone to provide the leadership and Churchill, the right man and the right time, provided it. It could so easily have gone the other way. Churchill, the son of and English father and American mother was all English but always believed that those nations whic [...]

    11. Took me a while to get to it, but I've finally started and then completed the final volume in the Churchill 'A History of the English Speaking Peoples' series. A rather 'neat' comprehensive series that covers more history than other books I've read on English history. Though it was also wasn't exactly as deep as some of the others I've read. I learned a lot, while also covering some ground I already knew. I kind of figured I'd have more to write, but I can't think of much. It's nonfiction. Reada [...]

    12. **my reviews are to serve my memory only and probably not of benefit to anyone else**5/22/16 - did churchill really know all of this, or did he write it down & forget it like most of us? so so much information. very artful in how he covers so much diverse material - literally all over the globe without it seeming erratic. **read a nelson demille and a l.a. meyer on my "Churchill break**6/19/16not entirely finished w/this, but close enough to go ahead & rate it. I've heard many times that [...]

    13. Despite being clearly Anglo-Centric (It is the History of the English Speaking Peoples after all) Churchill's brilliance is not to be denied here. He moves swiftly from lively discussions of British Parliamentary debates and feuds over domestic policy, to the depths of the American Civil War and aftermath which he relates with impressive detail. This is an overview history, told in the old style. Progress trudges ever forward; great men grab the reins and steer it one way or the other. This is n [...]

    14. I was unaware that this was the fourth in a series. I will definitely be adding the first three to my list if for no other reason than to gain a better understanding of it's author. Churchill demonstrates both his skill and shortcomings as a historian in this work. For example, some of his vocabulary illustrates both the views of time period he was raised in and some of his own prejudices. Additionally, the narrative feels a bit too heavily weighted towards America than I expected or wanted. I'm [...]

    15. Most disappointing of the four volumes. Except for brief mentions, the English speakers of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are left out. Churchill's aristocratic background shows in his implied sympathy for southern American planters during and after the Civil War. He also interprets the high number of slaves who stayed on the plantations during the war as proof of their "loyalty" to their owners and describes share-cropping as a "novel" approach to land acquisition. Back in England, the chap [...]

    16. This volume takes our story to Queen Victoria's death in 1901, a high point for the British Empire. Very good coverage of the United States, especially the U.S. Civil War. And lots about the sad history of the "Irish Question". Much may have changed if Gladstone had gotten his Home Rule bill passed.I wanted to continue the story with Churchill's "The World Crisis", 5 volumes on World War I but those volumes are not on Audible! Only on MP3 CD. Will take me forever to read the actual paper books. [...]

    17. An appropiate finale to the attempt. But today - 60+ years after publication - the lasting value of the work is how it mirrors the attitudes and perceptions of its author, who certainly let these influence his contribution to the history of the English Speaking Peoples. So a great read for the student of WSC, but not obsolete, uneven ( just polictial/military History) and essentially based on a stretched premise: an special lasting relation between England and colonies/subjugated states such as [...]

    18. A synopsis of many countries history as told by one of the greatest leaders of one of the greatest countries of the past few centuries. Curious to review, as this time frame preceded the worst century of human history‚ÄĚthe 20th, as governments oversaw Millions of their own people die, and then there were the 2 world wars that preceded this carnage. No slavery in MX 1821, British empire 1833. A thorough account of our civil war, with note that leaders of both sides may have prolonged the war as [...]

    19. I enjoyed this book tremendously and learned more about history from WSC than from a history textbook. The book is extremely well written and filled with so much detail. Great chapters on the Civil War and D'Israeli era and so much is covered that is crucial to understanding current events. It is not easy to get through but is a treasure of information. I hope I can get my hands on the other volumes.

    20. I was surprised at the 100 pages on America's Civil War - definitely a different take, both with his changing levels of detail on the military tactics and his view of the principals. Also, as this dealt more with slavery and colonies, there was a lot more racism than would be acceptable today (probably fairly enlightened for the 1930s). I'm glad I read this series - a good, readable, extensive history. Now back to genre books for the rest of the year!

    21. This final book in Churchill's "English Speaking Peoples" series covers from about 1815 up through the end of the reign of Queen Victoria. The conflicts of WWI and WWII are alluded to, but not discussed, presumably because Churchill devoted entire book series to each of those conflicts.About a third of this book talks about the U.S. Civil War. It was a discussion that I found to be very interesting.I find Churchill's writing to be clear, engaging, and quite enjoyable to read.

    22. All four volumes in this series provide a 10,000 foot fly-over of the political, military, and economic history of English-speaking peoples, beginning with the founding of Britain. In volume four, Churchill's overview of the American Civil War is brilliant in its brevity, accuracy, fairness, and he clearly had an underlying comprehensive understanding of the complex political, social, and cultural currents that brought it about. A wonderful, concise, and delightfully written series.

    23. This book covered the history of England primarily and the U.S. also, with much less content on Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Rhodesia. It was informative but honestly quite dry, and I was almost relieved when I finished. Nevertheless, I'm glad I finally read something written by Winston Churchill.

    24. A nice overview of a period of British history I didn't know anything about. It covers roughly the Victorian era and ends in the early days of the twentieth century. Also features some history of Australia, Canada, and the American Civil War.

    25. I had the most difficulty following Churchill's description of the U.S. Civil War- in European wars it's easier to tell one side from the other by the sound of the name, but in this case I would have liked more frequent contextual clues to what side a Longstreet or Jackson or similar was on.

    26. I enjoyed this 4th volume in the series, but not as much as the first 3. I have some problems with Churchill's views on the Civil War.

    27. I agree with others who think that Churchill's analysis of the American Civil War is one of the best, and the best section in this volume.

    28. Reading these four volumes was like talking to a dear old man about history. I'm a better person for reading dear ole Sir Winston and I shall hope to visit again soon!

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