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Jan Morris: Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)

17:02:35
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  • Recording Venue: Motivation Sound Studios, London

Introduction by Jan Morris

3:51
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Pax Britannica – The British Empire 1897

2:27
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Chapter 1: The Heirs of Rome

1:56
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2: The crowds outside waited in proud excitement…

3:19
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3: Many and varied energies had swept the British…

4:29
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Among the better-informed…

7:49
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4: Within two minutes, we are told…

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5: More gratifying still was the tribute of the Empire itself.

4:53
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6: The procession itself was a superb display…

6:35
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7: Everybody agreed it was a great success.

1:03
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Chapter 2: Palm and Pine

4:55
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2: Outside this heterogeneous mass there shone…

8:14
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3: All this the British people surveyed…

6:05
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4: So they were motley origins…

2:42
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5: Never since the world began, Seeley had written…

2:32
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6: So it looked to the British.

0:45
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Chapter 3: Life-lines

2:32
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2: A favourite map of the time was the kind that showed…

9:49
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3: Elaborate systems of supply, defence and communication…

1:21
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The British held key ports and maritime fortresses…

2:45
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4: Backwards and forwards along the imperial shipping lanes…

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5: The British had invented submarine cables…

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6: All this vast expertise, of ships and mails…

1:34
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Chapter 4: Migrations

5:55
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2: Emigration to the Empire was officially popular.

6:30
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3: If the Empire dispersed the British…

6:12
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4: As for the flora and fauna…

5:53
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5: It multiplied so fast that its progeny became a plague…

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6: Saddest of all, in their irrepressible impulse to control…

2:02
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Chapter 5: Pioneers

4:53
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2: It was a sign of the imperial times that Rhodesia…

3:34
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3: 'As for us,' said the Rhodesia Herald…

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4: The Company had been, it is true, under a cloud…

6:47
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5: These were the homely pleasures of a frontier town…

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6: But far lower even than the vagrants in the social scale…

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7: Salisbury was scarcely a sentimental town.

2:31
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Chapter 6: The Profit

2:57
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2: In the 1890s this atavistic view of imperial profit…

6:45
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3: Trade was a steadier imperial impulse…

5:07
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The free ports of the Empire…

4:21
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4: It was a common belief among the late Victorians…

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5: Such was the profit-mechanism of Empire…

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6: So all these various instincts and impulses of profit…

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Chapter 7: The Glory

5:36
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2: The Empire was at its zenith…

3:31
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3: Dreams of private glory, too, forced the imperial play…

3:58
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4: What incentives they were!

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5: Many years before Dr. Livingstone had laid another trail…

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6: The evangelical mood was now past its prime…

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7: On a Governmental level…

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8: And there was one more stimulus to splendour…

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Chapter 8: Caste

4:16
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The joke that 'niggers began at Calais' was not entirely a joke.

2:28
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3: But to be coloured was something else.

3:39
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4: By the nineties the attitude had hardened.

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In England those who believed the East could be…

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5: The immediate problems of race arose only…

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6: Yet this very class of Anglicized Asians and Africans…

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7: Among the settlers and planters of the tropical Empire…

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8: A vassal could qualify for respect…

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9: On the banks of the Hooghly River in Calcutta…

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10: For it was not viciousness, nor even simply conceit…

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11: Steevens's unspeakable conceit might speak…

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Chapter 9: Islanders

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2: Like many another island fortress it had endured…

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3: It was a colony exceptional in its beauty…

4:52
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4: It was quite an elaborate little Government…

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5: A mile or so from Government House…

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6: Often, when a merchant ship approached the entrance…

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7: St. Lucia's Diamond Jubilee accordingly…

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8: But then a feu de joie, commented the Voice sourly…

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9: Brigade-Surgeon Gouldsbury never returned to St. Lucia…

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Chapter 10: Imperial Order

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2: The one immoveable thing about it was the Crown.

6:01
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3: The Crown at the very summit…

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4: From the graceful little iron suspension bridge…

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5: It was an imperial maxim…

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6: Steeped in the traditions of the team spirit…

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7: Top jobs in the Empire sometimes went to grandees…

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8: The law was different.

4:48
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9: Loftily above it all, the supreme fount of imperial justice…

5:40
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10: Not the law as such, but the rule of law…

2:43
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Chapter 11: Imperial Complexity

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2: At one end were the great self-governing colonies…

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3: Nothing was uniform.

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4: Consider the island of Ascension…

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5: Here are a few less spectacular anomalies of Empire.

1:23
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6: And oddest of all the imperial phenomena was Egypt.

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7: Paddling up the Nile with Oxford marmalade…

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8: It was all bits and pieces.

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Chapter 12: Imperialists in General

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2: Nobody, of course, runs so true to type as that.

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3: The aristocracy of Empire was the official class…

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4: Poor Anglo-Indians!

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5: They walked dolorously to and fro under the glare…

6:30
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6: Among the white settlers everywhere…

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7: The maverick patrician escaped all this…

4:26
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Chapter 13: Imperialists in Particular

1:31
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2: The age of the great explorers was almost over…

6:08
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3: There were only three British soldiers…

3:44
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The second soldier of the Empire was…

6:16
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4: Alone among the admirals of the imperial Navy…

6:31
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5: Of the proconsuls in the field of Empire that summer…

9:20
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6: Two politicians of very different stamp…

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Salisbury was a remote enigma to the British public.

4:48
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7: The men Kipling called 'the doers' were mostly unknown…

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Rhodes was first of all a money-maker.

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8: There were other exceptional imperialists…

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Chapter 14: Proconsuls

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2: Simla in 1897 was one of the most extraordinary places…

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3: In the morning Simla seemed different again…

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4: Seven thousand feet up, eighty miles from a railway line…

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5: The British Government in India was a despotism…

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6: So from top to bottom…

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7: But however original the young officers in the field…

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8: The Viceroy knew that his was a unique imperial trust.

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9: It was a bad year in India…

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Chapter 15: Consolations

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2: Sport was the first.

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3: Drink came next – food did not interest them half so much.

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4: They liked their creature comforts…

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In Australia the clubs very early became strongholds…

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5: Throughout the length and breadth of the Empire…

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6: They had developed to a new pitch of finesse…

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7: They enjoyed themselves with tourism.

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8: One easily detects pathos in these pleasures.

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Chapter 16: Challenge and Responses

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2: But one of the most enviable advantages…

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3: For a century living dangerously, or alone…

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4: Into the mystique of every British settlement…

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5: But there was to this great communal exploit…

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Chapter 17: Stones of Empire

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2: Supreme in every imperial city stood the house of God…

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3: Next to the house of God, the home of the Empire-builder.

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4: Public buildings of the most august elaboration…

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5: One day in 1836 Colonel William Light…

6:32
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6: The British, who generally neglected their waterfronts…

3:08
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7: 'The Maharajah gave the order…'

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The British had a genius for parks…

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8: The garden instinct of the English did not always survive…

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Chapter 18: Tribal Lays and Images

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2: No English Delacroix arose…

3:29
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3: Few other professional painters made the Empire…

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4: Most of the statues in the British Empire…

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5: But they were mostly of the Queen.

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6: Marches and oratorios, fanfares and even ballets…

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7: The difficulty about imperialism as a literary motif…

4:32
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8: Out of the frenzy three writers emerge…

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Yet the third of our writers, a short-sighted journalist…

5:03
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Nobody saw more clearly through the petty pretences…

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9: In literature as in art…

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Chapter 19: All by Steam!

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2: The British Empire was a development agency…

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3: Some of the imperial works really were on the colossal scale.

6:02
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4: But this was the railway age…

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5: There was no grand plan for the railways of the Empire.

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In India especially…

7:38
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6: In the last three decades of the century…

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7: They were making a start with tropical medicine.

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8: One gets the unfortunate impression…

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9: The natives saw this millennium, and it worked.

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Chapter 20: Freedmen

6:47
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2: Canada was still a colony of the British Empire.

4:28
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3: The imperial hegemony was tactfully exerted.

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4: Canada had become a nation, of a sort…

5:22
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5: The first Europeans in Canada were the French…

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6: The British Canadians were loyal to the Crown…

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7: An English Canadian, W.H. Drummond…

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8: They did not, for example, throw squibs at the Jubilee…

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9: It was not a contented country.

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Chapter 21: On Guard

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2: The land forces of the Empire were drawn…

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3: The Army List of 1897 records only nine…

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4: This was not a promising formula for modern war…

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5: But also at the Queen's command stood another army…

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6: It was in India that the martial heroism of Empire…

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7: No other imperial war had left memories so hallowed…

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8: Between them the two armies of the British Empire…

3:40
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Chapter 22: At Sea

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2: The Royal Navy did not lack self-esteem.

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3: These were the extravagances of a lost age…

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4: The social structure of the Navy…

5:10
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5: British naval strategy, such as it was…

6:25
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Chapter 23: Imperial Effects

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2: Let us ourselves, guide in hand, wander around London…

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3: And if, like every other visitor, we finally strolled…

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4: The New Imperialism was too new…

3:15
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5: Half without knowing it, the British had picked up…

6:11
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6: In 1882 there appeared in the list of English cat breeds…

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7: A shifting population of colonials moved through London.

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8: If the physical imprint of Empire was slight…

3:41
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9: The New Imperialism was potent politics.

4:17
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10: But cause and effect were often muddled…

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11: So the foreigner's first impression was right in a way.

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Chapter 24: Overlords

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2: Implanted in this melancholy setting were the Anglo-Irish…

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3: Many Anglo-Irish were understandably distressed…

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4: The Cadogans stood, ex officio…

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5: This queer regime remained undeterred…

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6: Much more permanent were the barracks…

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7: Of all the cities the British had created across the waters…

4:18
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8: Ireland was the only one of the Queen's dominions…

2:36
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9: 'Everything was orderly and peaceable,'…

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10: The Irish Times blushed.

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11: The noblest cause? Treason or patriotism?

1:51
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Chapter 25: Omens

2:00
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2: If precedents were anything to go by…

5:17
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3: Would the barbarians one day take over?

3:01
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But it was the sea that counted.

1:39
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4: On Jubilee evening the Governor of Bombay…

7:52
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5: In Egypt almost nobody wanted the British to stay…

2:20
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6: Everything was under control…

4:15
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7: Was it all worth it?

3:39
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8: But in that celebratory summer any weakening…

3:18
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9: It was not to be.

3:00
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Chapter 26: 'The Song on Your Bugles Blown'

2:23
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2: Was it a Christian Empire?

8:56
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3: Yet there was no rule to it.

4:16
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4: A less involved imperial principle…

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5: Plain Englishness, in those days, was a principle.

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6: To many Britons this was not enough.

6:16
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7: But if in some corners of the Empire…

3:42
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8: This was the saving flaw of British imperialism…

3:02
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Chapter 27: Finale

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2: So their pride was understandable…

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3: The New Imperialism quickly subsided.

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Jan Morris: Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)

17:02:35
$317.50
  • Recording Venue: Motivation Sound Studios, London

Introduction by Jan Morris

3:51
$1.25

Pax Britannica – The British Empire 1897

2:27
$1.25

Chapter 1: The Heirs of Rome

1:56
$1.25
Show 223 remaining tracks for Jan Morris: Pax Britannica - The Climax of an Empire (Unabridged)

2: The crowds outside waited in proud excitement…

3:19
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3: Many and varied energies had swept the British…

4:29
$1.25

Among the better-informed…

7:49
$2.50

4: Within two minutes, we are told…

2:56
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5: More gratifying still was the tribute of the Empire itself.

4:53
$1.25

6: The procession itself was a superb display…

6:35
$1.25

7: Everybody agreed it was a great success.

1:03
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Chapter 2: Palm and Pine

4:55
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2: Outside this heterogeneous mass there shone…

8:14
$2.50

3: All this the British people surveyed…

6:05
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4: So they were motley origins…

2:42
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5: Never since the world began, Seeley had written…

2:32
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6: So it looked to the British.

0:45
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Chapter 3: Life-lines

2:32
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2: A favourite map of the time was the kind that showed…

9:49
$2.50

3: Elaborate systems of supply, defence and communication…

1:21
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The British held key ports and maritime fortresses…

2:45
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4: Backwards and forwards along the imperial shipping lanes…

5:09
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5: The British had invented submarine cables…

8:07
$2.50

6: All this vast expertise, of ships and mails…

1:34
$1.25

Chapter 4: Migrations

5:55
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2: Emigration to the Empire was officially popular.

6:30
$1.25

3: If the Empire dispersed the British…

6:12
$1.25

4: As for the flora and fauna…

5:53
$1.25

5: It multiplied so fast that its progeny became a plague…

3:33
$1.25

6: Saddest of all, in their irrepressible impulse to control…

2:02
$1.25

Chapter 5: Pioneers

4:53
$1.25

2: It was a sign of the imperial times that Rhodesia…

3:34
$1.25

3: 'As for us,' said the Rhodesia Herald…

2:36
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4: The Company had been, it is true, under a cloud…

6:47
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5: These were the homely pleasures of a frontier town…

7:22
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6: But far lower even than the vagrants in the social scale…

5:18
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7: Salisbury was scarcely a sentimental town.

2:31
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Chapter 6: The Profit

2:57
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2: In the 1890s this atavistic view of imperial profit…

6:45
$1.25

3: Trade was a steadier imperial impulse…

5:07
$1.25

The free ports of the Empire…

4:21
$1.25

4: It was a common belief among the late Victorians…

4:16
$1.25

5: Such was the profit-mechanism of Empire…

4:17
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6: So all these various instincts and impulses of profit…

1:50
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Chapter 7: The Glory

5:36
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2: The Empire was at its zenith…

3:31
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3: Dreams of private glory, too, forced the imperial play…

3:58
$1.25

4: What incentives they were!

2:03
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5: Many years before Dr. Livingstone had laid another trail…

8:01
$2.50

6: The evangelical mood was now past its prime…

5:12
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7: On a Governmental level…

3:00
$1.25

8: And there was one more stimulus to splendour…

0:49
$1.25

Chapter 8: Caste

4:16
$1.25

The joke that 'niggers began at Calais' was not entirely a joke.

2:28
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3: But to be coloured was something else.

3:39
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4: By the nineties the attitude had hardened.

4:22
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In England those who believed the East could be…

4:10
$1.25

5: The immediate problems of race arose only…

3:23
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6: Yet this very class of Anglicized Asians and Africans…

8:14
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7: Among the settlers and planters of the tropical Empire…

8:53
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8: A vassal could qualify for respect…

6:00
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9: On the banks of the Hooghly River in Calcutta…

7:08
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10: For it was not viciousness, nor even simply conceit…

3:55
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11: Steevens's unspeakable conceit might speak…

1:38
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Chapter 9: Islanders

2:33
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2: Like many another island fortress it had endured…

2:16
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3: It was a colony exceptional in its beauty…

4:52
$1.25

4: It was quite an elaborate little Government…

5:26
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5: A mile or so from Government House…

4:39
$1.25

6: Often, when a merchant ship approached the entrance…

5:03
$1.25

7: St. Lucia's Diamond Jubilee accordingly…

2:47
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8: But then a feu de joie, commented the Voice sourly…

4:25
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9: Brigade-Surgeon Gouldsbury never returned to St. Lucia…

0:45
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Chapter 10: Imperial Order

2:32
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2: The one immoveable thing about it was the Crown.

6:01
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3: The Crown at the very summit…

2:51
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4: From the graceful little iron suspension bridge…

8:49
$2.50

5: It was an imperial maxim…

4:46
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6: Steeped in the traditions of the team spirit…

3:36
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7: Top jobs in the Empire sometimes went to grandees…

4:32
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8: The law was different.

4:48
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9: Loftily above it all, the supreme fount of imperial justice…

5:40
$1.25

10: Not the law as such, but the rule of law…

2:43
$1.25

Chapter 11: Imperial Complexity

2:54
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2: At one end were the great self-governing colonies…

4:05
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3: Nothing was uniform.

4:43
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4: Consider the island of Ascension…

3:25
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5: Here are a few less spectacular anomalies of Empire.

1:23
$1.25

6: And oddest of all the imperial phenomena was Egypt.

9:23
$2.50

7: Paddling up the Nile with Oxford marmalade…

5:44
$1.25

8: It was all bits and pieces.

2:00
$1.25

Chapter 12: Imperialists in General

1:33
$1.25

2: Nobody, of course, runs so true to type as that.

4:23
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3: The aristocracy of Empire was the official class…

6:49
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4: Poor Anglo-Indians!

4:31
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5: They walked dolorously to and fro under the glare…

6:30
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6: Among the white settlers everywhere…

4:09
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7: The maverick patrician escaped all this…

4:26
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Chapter 13: Imperialists in Particular

1:31
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2: The age of the great explorers was almost over…

6:08
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3: There were only three British soldiers…

3:44
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The second soldier of the Empire was…

6:16
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4: Alone among the admirals of the imperial Navy…

6:31
$1.25

5: Of the proconsuls in the field of Empire that summer…

9:20
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6: Two politicians of very different stamp…

5:16
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Salisbury was a remote enigma to the British public.

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7: The men Kipling called 'the doers' were mostly unknown…

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Rhodes was first of all a money-maker.

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8: There were other exceptional imperialists…

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Chapter 14: Proconsuls

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2: Simla in 1897 was one of the most extraordinary places…

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3: In the morning Simla seemed different again…

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4: Seven thousand feet up, eighty miles from a railway line…

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5: The British Government in India was a despotism…

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6: So from top to bottom…

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7: But however original the young officers in the field…

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8: The Viceroy knew that his was a unique imperial trust.

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9: It was a bad year in India…

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Chapter 15: Consolations

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2: Sport was the first.

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3: Drink came next – food did not interest them half so much.

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4: They liked their creature comforts…

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In Australia the clubs very early became strongholds…

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5: Throughout the length and breadth of the Empire…

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6: They had developed to a new pitch of finesse…

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7: They enjoyed themselves with tourism.

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8: One easily detects pathos in these pleasures.

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Chapter 16: Challenge and Responses

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2: But one of the most enviable advantages…

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3: For a century living dangerously, or alone…

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4: Into the mystique of every British settlement…

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5: But there was to this great communal exploit…

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Chapter 17: Stones of Empire

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2: Supreme in every imperial city stood the house of God…

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3: Next to the house of God, the home of the Empire-builder.

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4: Public buildings of the most august elaboration…

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5: One day in 1836 Colonel William Light…

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6: The British, who generally neglected their waterfronts…

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7: 'The Maharajah gave the order…'

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The British had a genius for parks…

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8: The garden instinct of the English did not always survive…

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Chapter 18: Tribal Lays and Images

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2: No English Delacroix arose…

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