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'Victorious Century' book review: The peak of Empire

A book like this one is particularly valuable in an age when history undergraduates often startle their teachers by their ignorance of basic facts

Geoffrey Wheatcroft | NYT 

VICTORIOUS CENTURY The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 By David Cannadine Viking Illustrated; 602 pages; $40 If you belong to that minority of Americans who will follow the World Cup this summer, you will hear national anthems sung before each game, and see the players in white England shirts mouthing “Send her victorious / Happy and glorious / Long to reign over us / God save the Queen!” Our present queen has reigned so long that she broke the record of her predecessor for most of the period covered by Sir David Cannadine’s admirable new book, whose name makes ...

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First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 00:03 IST
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