Fall of Giants (Century Trilogy, Book 1) by Ken Follett

By Ken Follett

Ken Follett’s very good new ancient epic starts, as 5 interrelated households go through the momentous dramas of the 1st global battle, the Russian Revolution, and the fight for women’s suffrage.

A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s global within the mining pits.…An American legislations pupil rejected in love unearths a stunning new profession in Woodrow Wilson’s White House.… A housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, whereas girl Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory while she falls in love with a German spy.…And orphaned Russian brothers embark on noticeably diverse paths while their plan to to migrate to the US falls afoul of warfare, conscription, and revolution.

From the dust and threat of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of strength to the bedrooms of the mighty, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of 5 families—and right into a century that we proposal we knew, yet that now won't ever appear an analogous again.…

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21 Although much of Owenson’s novel is overwritten, and her harpplucking princess is a foretaste of today’s Celtic kitsch, her historical consciousness enables her to penetrate dimensions of the Anglo-Irish encounter to which the more intellectually sophisticated Edgeworth had no access. This is because Owenson (in contrast to Edgeworth) is willing to acknowledge the unpleasant truth that conquest is the central fact of Anglo-Irish history. Mortimer (and later, it transpires, his father, as well) has been drawn to Ireland out of a recognition of English injustice and a personal desire to make amends for his own ancestors’ brutality.

A. Freeman, J. R. Green, and William Stubbs. All three were guardedly influenced by the new evolutionism, although they each maintained a studied ambiguity as to whether it was the Anglo-Saxon race or the English Constitution that was the fast-evolving entity. Freeman generally opted for the first, and Green and Stubbs for the second of these alternatives. At the end of the chapter I touch on the work of an Indian scholarimperialist, R. C. Dutt, who reacted to the anglocentric evolutionism of Maine et al.

And who drew on the work of H. T. Buckle to sketch an unfinished evolutionary analysis of his own. In Chapter 6, “Indian liberals and Greater Britain,” we return to the subcontinent. In the University of Calcutta and in minor government offices, a rising generation of middle-class intellectuals was creating its own variant of the liberal imperial romance, at the very moment when its metropolitan counterpart was giving its up. The first task for the Indians was to devise their own versions of the progress narrative – to escape from the status of racialized objects, in which they were being placed by metropolitan evolutionary science, and to re-position themselves as consequential actors in history-worthy events.

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