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MORRIS, J.: Pax Britannica – The Climax of an Empire (Pax Britannica, Vol. 2) (Unabridged)

    

MORRIS, J.: Pax Britannica – The Climax of an Empire (Pax Britannica, Vol. 2) (Unabridged)

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.

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 they affected its 370 million people.



Disc 1

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   Introduction by Jan Morris 00:03:52
2.   Pax Britannica – The British Empire 1897 00:02:27
3.   Chapter 1: The Heirs of Rome 00:01:56
4.   2: The crowds outside waited in proud excitement… 00:03:19
5.   3: Many and varied energies had swept the British… 00:04:29
6.   Among the better - informed… 00:07:49
7.   4: Within two minutes, we are told… 00:02:56
8.   5: More gratifying still was the tribute of the Empire itself. 00:04:53
9.   6: The procession itself was a superb display… 00:06:35
10.   7: Everybody agreed it was a great success. 00:01:03
11.   Chapter 2: Palm and Pine 00:04:55
12.   2: Outside this heterogeneous mass there shone… 00:08:14
13.   3: All this the British people surveyed… 00:06:05
14.   4: So they were motley origins… 00:02:42
15.   5: Never since the world began, Seeley had written… 00:02:32
16.   6: So it looked to the British. 00:00:45
17.   Chapter 3: Life - lines 00:02:32
18.   2: A favourite map of the time was the kind that showed… 00:09:49
19.   3: Elaborate systems of supply, defence and communication… 00:01:23


Disc 2

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   The British held key ports and maritime fortresses… 00:02:46
2.   4: Backwards and forwards along the imperial shipping lanes… 00:05:09
3.   5: The British had invented submarine cables… 00:08:07
4.   6: All this vast expertise, of ships and mails… 00:01:34
5.   Chapter 4: Migrations 00:05:55
6.   2: Emigration to the Empire was officially popular. 00:06:30
7.   3: If the Empire dispersed the British… 00:06:12
8.   4: As for the flora and fauna… 00:05:53
9.   5: It multiplied so fast that its progeny became a plague… 00:03:33
10.   6: Saddest of all, in their irrepressible impulse to control… 00:02:02
11.   Chapter 5: Pioneers 00:04:53
12.   2: It was a sign of the imperial times that Rhodesia… 00:03:34
13.   3: 'As for us,' said the Rhodesia Herald… 00:02:36
14.   4: The Company had been, it is true, under a cloud… 00:06:47
15.   5: These were the homely pleasures of a frontier town… 00:07:22
16.   6: But far lower even than the vagrants in the social scale… 00:05:20


Disc 3

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   7: Salisbury was scarcely a sentimental town. 00:02:32
2.   Chapter 6: The Profit 00:02:57
3.   2: In the 1890s this atavistic view of imperial profit… 00:06:45
4.   3: Trade was a steadier imperial impulse… 00:05:07
5.   The free ports of the Empire… 00:04:21
6.   4: It was a common belief among the late Victorians… 00:04:16
7.   5: Such was the profit - mechanism of Empire… 00:04:17
8.   6: So all these various instincts and impulses of profit… 00:01:50
9.   Chapter 7: The Glory 00:05:36
10.   2: The Empire was at its zenith… 00:03:31
11.   3: Dreams of private glory, too, forced the imperial play… 00:03:58
12.   4: What incentives they were! 00:02:03
13.   5: Many years before Dr. Livingstone had laid another trail… 00:08:01
14.   6: The evangelical mood was now past its prime… 00:05:12
15.   7: On a Governmental level… 00:03:00
16.   8: And there was one more stimulus to splendour… 00:00:49
17.   Chapter 8: Caste 00:04:16
18.   The joke that 'niggers began at Calais' was not entirely a joke. 00:02:28
19.   3: But to be coloured was something else. 00:03:39
20.   4: By the nineties the attitude had hardened. 00:04:25


Disc 4

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   In England those who believed the East could be… 00:04:11
2.   5: The immediate problems of race arose only… 00:03:23
3.   6: Yet this very class of Anglicized Asians and Africans… 00:08:14
4.   7: Among the settlers and planters of the tropical Empire… 00:08:53
5.   8: A vassal could qualify for respect… 00:06:00
6.   9: On the banks of the Hooghly River in Calcutta… 00:07:08
7.   10: For it was not viciousness, nor even simply conceit… 00:03:55
8.   11: Steevens's unspeakable conceit might speak… 00:01:38
9.   Chapter 9: Islanders 00:02:33
10.   2: Like many another island fortress it had endured… 00:02:16
11.   3: It was a colony exceptional in its beauty… 00:04:52
12.   4: It was quite an elaborate little Government… 00:05:26
13.   5: A mile or so from Government House… 00:04:39
14.   6: Often, when a merchant ship approached the entrance… 00:05:03
15.   7: St. Lucia's Diamond Jubilee accordingly… 00:02:47
16.   8: But then a feu de joie, commented the Voice sourly… 00:04:25
17.   9: Brigade - Surgeon Gouldsbury never returned to St. Lucia… 00:00:45
18.   Chapter 10: Imperial Order 00:02:34


Disc 5

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   2: The one immoveable thing about it was the Crown. 00:06:02
2.   3: The Crown at the very summit… 00:02:51
3.   4: From the graceful little iron suspension bridge… 00:08:49
4.   5: It was an imperial maxim… 00:04:46
5.   6: Steeped in the traditions of the team spirit… 00:03:36
6.   7: Top jobs in the Empire sometimes went to grandees… 00:04:32
7.   8: The law was different. 00:04:48
8.   9: Loftily above it all, the supreme fount of imperial justice… 00:05:40
9.   10: Not the law as such, but the rule of law… 00:02:43
10.   Chapter 11: Imperial Complexity 00:02:54
11.   2: At one end were the great self - governing colonies… 00:04:05
12.   3: Nothing was uniform. 00:04:43
13.   4: Consider the island of Ascension… 00:03:25
14.   5: Here are a few less spectacular anomalies of Empire. 00:01:23
15.   6: And oddest of all the imperial phenomena was Egypt. 00:09:23
16.   7: Paddling up the Nile with Oxford marmalade… 00:05:44
17.   8: It was all bits and pieces. 00:02:00
18.   Chapter 12: Imperialists in General 00:01:34


Disc 6

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   2: Nobody, of course, runs so true to type as that. 00:04:24
2.   3: The aristocracy of Empire was the official class… 00:06:49
3.   4: Poor Anglo - Indians! 00:04:31
4.   5: They walked dolorously to and fro under the glare… 00:06:30
5.   6: Among the white settlers everywhere… 00:04:09
6.   7: The maverick patrician escaped all this… 00:04:26
7.   Chapter 13: Imperialists in Particular 00:01:31
8.   2: The age of the great explorers was almost over… 00:06:08
9.   3: There were only three British soldiers… 00:03:44
10.   The second soldier of the Empire was… 00:06:16
11.   4: Alone among the admirals of the imperial Navy… 00:06:31
12.   5: Of the proconsuls in the field of Empire that summer… 00:09:20
13.   6: Two politicians of very different stamp… 00:05:16
14.   Salisbury was a remote enigma to the British public. 00:04:48
15.   7: The men Kipling called 'the doers' were mostly unknown… 00:04:50


Disc 7

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   Rhodes was first of all a money - maker. 00:04:03
2.   8: There were other exceptional imperialists… 00:02:39
3.   Chapter 14: Proconsuls 00:02:30
4.   2: Simla in 1897 was one of the most extraordinary places… 00:03:12
5.   3: In the morning Simla seemed different again… 00:02:54
6.   4: Seven thousand feet up, eighty miles from a railway line… 00:09:22
7.   5: The British Government in India was a despotism… 00:06:37
8.   6: So from top to bottom… 00:05:21
9.   7: But however original the young officers in the field… 00:09:49
10.   8: The Viceroy knew that his was a unique imperial trust. 00:09:04
11.   9: It was a bad year in India… 00:03:30
12.   Chapter 15: Consolations 00:01:19
13.   2: Sport was the first. 00:08:14
14.   3: Drink came next – food did not interest them half so much. 00:06:06
15.   4: They liked their creature comforts… 00:04:02


Disc 8

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   In Australia the clubs very early became strongholds… 00:04:19
2.   5: Throughout the length and breadth of the Empire… 00:09:06
3.   6: They had developed to a new pitch of finesse… 00:04:32
4.   7: They enjoyed themselves with tourism. 00:05:07
5.   8: One easily detects pathos in these pleasures. 00:01:09
6.   Chapter 16: Challenge and Responses 00:01:59
7.   2: But one of the most enviable advantages… 00:04:01
8.   3: For a century living dangerously, or alone… 00:06:18
9.   4: Into the mystique of every British settlement… 00:01:57
10.   5: But there was to this great communal exploit… 00:06:41
11.   Chapter 17: Stones of Empire 00:03:51
12.   2: Supreme in every imperial city stood the house of God… 00:04:11
13.   3: Next to the house of God, the home of the Empire - builder. 00:05:56
14.   4: Public buildings of the most august elaboration… 00:06:34
15.   5: One day in 1836 Colonel William Light… 00:06:32
16.   6: The British, who generally neglected their waterfronts… 00:03:08
17.   7: 'The Maharajah gave the order…' 00:03:49


Disc 9

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   The British had a genius for parks… 00:03:54
2.   8: The garden instinct of the English did not always survive… 00:02:35
3.   Chapter 18: Tribal Lays and Images 00:03:01
4.   2: No English Delacroix arose… 00:03:29
5.   3: Few other professional painters made the Empire… 00:02:26
6.   4: Most of the statues in the British Empire… 00:03:54
7.   5: But they were mostly of the Queen. 00:00:58
8.   6: Marches and oratorios, fanfares and even ballets… 00:05:12
9.   7: The difficulty about imperialism as a literary motif… 00:04:32
10.   8: Out of the frenzy three writers emerge… 00:05:10
11.   Yet the third of our writers, a short - sighted journalist… 00:05:03
12.   Nobody saw more clearly through the petty pretences… 00:05:52
13.   9: In literature as in art… 00:07:49
14.   Chapter 19: All by Steam! 00:06:14
15.   2: The British Empire was a development agency… 00:03:48
16.   3: Some of the imperial works really were on the colossal scale. 00:06:02
17.   4: But this was the railway age… 00:06:23
18.   5: There was no grand plan for the railways of the Empire. 00:02:33


Disc 10

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   In India especially… 00:07:39
2.   6: In the last three decades of the century… 00:02:35
3.   7: They were making a start with tropical medicine. 00:04:47
4.   8: One gets the unfortunate impression… 00:04:05
5.   9: The natives saw this millennium, and it worked. 00:01:36
6.   Chapter 20: Freedmen 00:06:47
7.   2: Canada was still a colony of the British Empire. 00:04:28
8.   3: The imperial hegemony was tactfully exerted. 00:01:58
9.   4: Canada had become a nation, of a sort… 00:05:22
10.   5: The first Europeans in Canada were the French… 00:06:51
11.   6: The British Canadians were loyal to the Crown… 00:03:38
12.   7: An English Canadian, W.H. Drummond… 00:06:30
13.   8: They did not, for example, throw squibs at the Jubilee… 00:03:33
14.   9: It was not a contented country. 00:05:21
15.   Chapter 21: On Guard 00:04:19
16.   2: The land forces of the Empire were drawn… 00:05:52
17.   3: The Army List of 1897 records only nine… 00:03:51


Disc 11

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   4: This was not a promising formula for modern war… 00:02:32
2.   5: But also at the Queen's command stood another army… 00:09:18
3.   6: It was in India that the martial heroism of Empire… 00:06:01
4.   7: No other imperial war had left memories so hallowed… 00:02:33
5.   8: Between them the two armies of the British Empire… 00:03:40
6.   Chapter 22: At Sea 00:08:02
7.   2: The Royal Navy did not lack self - esteem. 00:03:58
8.   3: These were the extravagances of a lost age… 00:03:22
9.   4: The social structure of the Navy… 00:05:10
10.   5: British naval strategy, such as it was… 00:06:25
11.   Chapter 23: Imperial Effects 00:03:23
12.   2: Let us ourselves, guide in hand, wander around London… 00:08:25
13.   3: And if, like every other visitor, we finally strolled… 00:03:01
14.   4: The New Imperialism was too new… 00:03:15
15.   5: Half without knowing it, the British had picked up… 00:06:11
16.   6: In 1882 there appeared in the list of English cat breeds… 00:02:54


Disc 12

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   7: A shifting population of colonials moved through London. 00:02:57
2.   8: If the physical imprint of Empire was slight… 00:03:41
3.   9: The New Imperialism was potent politics. 00:04:17
4.   10: But cause and effect were often muddled… 00:09:46
5.   11: So the foreigner's first impression was right in a way. 00:01:05
6.   Chapter 24: Overlords 00:07:14
7.   2: Implanted in this melancholy setting were the Anglo - Irish… 00:04:11
8.   3: Many Anglo - Irish were understandably distressed… 00:05:15
9.   4: The Cadogans stood, ex officio… 00:04:56
10.   5: This queer regime remained undeterred… 00:04:09
11.   6: Much more permanent were the barracks… 00:03:44
12.   7: Of all the cities the British had created across the waters… 00:04:18
13.   8: Ireland was the only one of the Queen's dominions… 00:02:36
14.   9: 'Everything was orderly and peaceable,'… 00:01:50
15.   10: The Irish Times blushed. 00:06:50
16.   11: The noblest cause Treason or patriotism 00:01:51
17.   Chapter 25: Omens 00:02:00
18.   2: If precedents were anything to go by… 00:05:17
19.   3: Would the barbarians one day take over 00:03:03


Disc 13

  Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)
1.   But it was the sea that counted. 00:01:40
2.   4: On Jubilee evening the Governor of Bombay… 00:07:52
3.   5: In Egypt almost nobody wanted the British to stay… 00:02:20
4.   6: Everything was under control… 00:04:15
5.   7: Was it all worth it 00:03:39
6.   8: But in that celebratory summer any weakening… 00:03:18
7.   9: It was not to be. 00:03:00
8.   Chapter 26: 'The Song on Your Bugles Blown' 00:02:23
9.   2: Was it a Christian Empire 00:08:56
10.   3: Yet there was no rule to it. 00:04:16
11.   4: A less involved imperial principle… 00:09:18
12.   5: Plain Englishness, in those days, was a principle. 00:07:30
13.   6: To many Britons this was not enough. 00:06:16
14.   7: But if in some corners of the Empire… 00:03:42
15.   8: This was the saving flaw of British imperialism… 00:03:02
16.   Chapter 27: Finale 00:03:10
17.   2: So their pride was understandable… 00:01:38
18.   3: The New Imperialism quickly subsided. 00:01:16

Total Playing Time: 17:03:05






Author(s):
Morris, Jan

Reader(s):
McMillan, Roy

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Catalogue No: NA0036

Barcode: 9781843794691

Physical Release: 2001

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