Imperial England

Imperial England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... event. There are those still living who do not. At last, as victory after victory told its tale, as calumny was beaten down, stroke after stroke, by facts, as the echo of the furious straggle began to reverberate through Europe, as it began to rouse to emulation the fallen spirit of the subject nations, as the mighty ruler himself began to show signs of confusion, and, losing the thread of his consummate calculations, embarked on enterprises beyond even his strength, and as the rising of Europe more and more clearly revealed itself as resting on the pivot of Wellington's strategy in the Peninsula, so, step by step, hardly believing their eyes and ears, the British people learnt to fling away their fears. Once more the light of Blenheim and Quebec, of Quiberon, Dominica, St. Vincent, the Nile, and Trafalgar flashed in every eye. And now the roar of the "storm of nations" was heard to sweep over Europe to the East. Soon the indomitable Russians, aided by their snows, swept it back again in headlong rout. And then the great German Powers, their stern resolution nursed into fury under slavery, obeyed the summons; and the British people once more drew forth to better purpose than of old their gold. Soon all Europe stood arrayed for battle as it had never been arrayed before. Then the great conqueror experienced what it was to have won battles without having subdued the hearts of men. Grandly standing at bay, he found the task beyond his failing strength. Defeat after defeat culminated in the three days' fight of Leipsic, and the terrible rout from which he never recovered. And now the smaller German States threw off their bonds. The days of their humiliation were over, and retribution was at hand. The conquest of France, the abdica THE...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236651251
  • 9781236651259