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  Simon Schama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Simon Michael Schama, CBE (born 13 February 1945) is a University Professor in history and art history at Columbia University.
Schama won a scholarship to the prestigious Haberdashers' Aske's public school and went on to Christ's College, Cambridge studying history under J.
Schama also wrote a trilogy of tie-in books for the show, which took the story up to the year 2000; there is some debate as to whether the books are the tie-in product for the TV series, or the other way around.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Simon_Schama   (864 words)

 BBC NEWS | Programmes | Breakfast with Frost | Interview with Professor Simon Schama and Professor Eric Hobsbawm, ...
SIMON SCHAMA: That was what Herodita said, you know, who started it all on Western history, is that he also said 'so that deeds of the Greeks and Persians will not be wiped from time,' says his first self-promoting paragraph, and it remains as true now as it was then.
SIMON SCHAMA: It is, but I think actually - that's why I'm so grateful for having an extraordinary team of directors, of cameraman, they are all being historians in their way.
SIMON SCHAMA: It is, it is a different response, you'll see it, but it is, in a sense which you're connecting to the sense of where home is, it comes from the same psychology and the same emotions, in a weird way - I'm just an old fogey, I guess.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/programmes/breakfast_with_frost/2009287.stm   (1100 words)

 Simon Schama | Events Archive | Library Associates | Saint Louis University
Simon Schama, 2001 recipient of the Saint Louis Library Associates Literary Award, has in his writing, gathered together not only our actions, and thoughts: he has understood society's hopes and dreams, which we have not had the strength to realize.
In his revolutionary approach, Simon Schama has shown his readers, listeners and viewers, a world that is simply far more mysterious and uncertain, and at the same time more exciting, and still, despite its raw violence and capriciousness, more promising.
Schama does this with a prose that is flexible, and swift as historical change is swift, confronting the inequalities and brutalities of the societies of France forthrightly, yet thrusting forth images of hope, human fraternity, and individual self-realization.
www.slu.edu /libraries/associates/events/evtarc_schama.html   (316 words)

 Q&A with Simon Schama - The Boston Globe
OUTSIDER to American history." That's how Simon Schama, the British born and educated historian, who has been teaching at Columbia University since 1993, described himself to me when the tour for his new book, ``Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution," brought him to Boston.
It's true that none of Schama's varied writings-on art (he was an art critic for The New Yorker from 1995 to 1998), art history, and British, French, and Dutch history-have homed in on America.
SCHAMA: A lot of the problem had to do with how much had to ride on the ability of the African-American community to demonstrate it had fought patriotically in the Revolutionary War.
boston.com /news/globe/ideas/articles/2006/05/28/qa_with_simon_schama   (1025 words)

 Salon Books | "Rembrandt's Eyes" by Simon Schama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Columbia University history professor and author of the widely praised "Landscape and Memory" and "Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution" is among the reigning champions of the lush and massive tome.
Schama, after all, is the jet set, the Mac Daddy of historians.
We should, argued Schama, because in the burgher republic of the Dutch Golden Age, we can find the seeds of our own current lifestyle, our embrace of plenty and our neurotic misgivings about whether all that plenty is somehow robbing us of our souls.
www.salon.com /books/review/1999/11/18/schama   (853 words)

 Simon Schama CV at PFD
Simon Schama, one of the most original and exciting historians in the English-speaking world today, attempts to answer this question in his two-volume A History of Britain.
Schama's second death concerns Parkman's uncle, George Parkman of Harvard Medical College, who disappeared in 1849 in mysterious circumstances and who was rumoured to have been murdered by a colleague.
Schama paints a portrait of the Dutch nation at the point of its collapse, as grandeur sinks towards catastrophe - an incapable ruler, chaos in government, famine and poverty spreading across the land, an army and fleet pathetically inadequate to safeguard the Republic's independence.
www.pfd.co.uk /clients/schamas/b-aut.html   (1018 words)

 Simon Schama History of Britain
  Simon Schama was born in London in February 1945 into a Jewish family - both sets of grandparents had fled persecution, one from the remnants of the Ottoman empire, the other from Lithuania.
The young Schama enjoyed the non-kosher delights of Southend - he calls it "gloriously lurid" and salivates over the "flaccid, vinegar-saturated chips" and "cylinders of Day-Glo-pink rock candy" - and he eulogised the visual pleasures of the Thames estuary in Landscape and Memory.
The series was, in part, the odyssey of Schama as a returning exile, and in part a portrait of a society built on layers of immigration, exploring the tensions between sometimes competing cultural groups and the way identity is forged on the anvil of difference.
www.age-of-the-sage.org /history/historian/Simon_Schama.html   (956 words)

 Washingtonpost.com: Live Online -- OnPolitics "Free Media"
Schama was born in London in 1945 and since 1966 has taught history and art history at Cambridge and Oxford and art history at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard.
Simon Schama: At the time I was writing the history of Britain's religious wars, one of the lessons I have been learning is how important religion has stayed as a factor in political life.
Simon Schama: They are all wonderful and terrible… any period has moments of light and lots of darkness.
discuss.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/zforum/01/author_schama110101.htm   (2368 words)

 Simon Schama's A History of Britain : DVD : Review : War Movies : Documentaries
Simon Schama's A History of Britain is a subjective look at the British Isles from 3000 BC right up until now and it contains so much detail it runs over 15 hour-long episodes.
And on the matter of opinion it is fair to say that Schama - a professor of history at Columbia University - has his own view of how his country unfolded and he is not afraid to state it.
Simon Schama's A History of Britain is a must-have for all those interested in history and school teachers will find it an invaluable assistant in bringing subjects to life.
www.napoleonguide.com /dvd_brithist.htm   (697 words)

 CNN.com - Simon Schama traces 'A History of Britain' - December 18, 2001
Simon Schama is currently working on Volume III of his "History of Britain."
Schama is currently working on part three of the TV series and Volume III of the book series, which will continue the story through the peak of the British Empire during the Victorian era and on to the present day.
Schama finds hope in the story of Britain when thinking about the world today, embroiled in wars fostered by extremist religious beliefs.
archives.cnn.com /2001/SHOWBIZ/books/12/18/schama.britain/index.html   (833 words)

 Books: European Views (Tucson Weekly . 11-02-98)
Schama's vision of the land is fundamentally European.
Schama moves easily into and out of little-known pockets of history, discussing the hydraulic enterprises of absolutist France, the fascination of the English Romantics with mountains, and above all the attachment that artists and intellectuals have felt for the places they have known.
Simon Schama's assertion that "the cultural habits of humanity have always made room for the sacredness of nature" does not easily bear up in our time, when nature has become commodity and byword.
weeklywire.com /ww/11-02-98/tw_book1.html   (603 words)

 'Rembrandt’s Eyes' by Simon Schama
According to Simon Schama, “Making an eye was the beginning of art.” In this exhaustive biography of Rembrandt van Rijn, Schama reflects on representations of the human eye in Rembrandt’s emotive portraits and bombastic history paintings.
Schama introduces Rembrandt as one who wanted to be among “those remembered by their first name: Leonardo, Michelangelo; Titian; Raphael.
Schama appears to have scrutinized every personal artifact, biography, art criticism, and history book related to Rubens and Rembrandt, and traveled all over the world for his firsthand accounts of museum holdings.
www.post-gazette.com /books/reviews/19991212review396.asp   (770 words)

 Columbia News ::: Simon Schama to Teach Fathom Internet Lesson on British Empire This Summer
It is through Schama's work that the BBC, Britain's largest broadcast network and a premier source for educational TV, and Columbia came to be collaborators in the creation of a quality online learning experience.
Simon Schama is a professor in the departments of art history and history at Columbia.
Schama is currently writing and presenting a 16-part "History of Britain" television series for the BBC and an accompanying three-volume book entitled, "A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World?" The first segment of the series aired in fall 2000.
www.columbia.edu /cu/news/01/06/simonSchama.html   (691 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Simon Schama - A History of Britain : The Complete Series [2000]: DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
What Schama does do, however, is tell the story in vivid and gripping narrative terms, free of the fustiness of traditional academe, personalising key historical events by examining the major characters at the centre of them.
Schama successfully gives lie to the idea that the history of Britain has been moderate and temperate, passing down the generations as stately as a galleon, taking on board sensible ideas but steering clear of sillier, revolutionary ones.
Schama is able to conjour up the most vivid images as he goes from one far corner of the British main land to another.
www.amazon.co.uk /Simon-Schama-History-Britain-Complete/dp/B00006JI1X   (1238 words)

 Books: Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Simon Schama, a professor of history at Columbia University who was named art critic of The New Yorker magazine after the publication of this book, is undoubtedly a brilliant scholar and, as this weighty tome attests, a poetic and emphatic writer.
Schama takes his readers on quite dizzying expeditions across many histories and then dumps them, however graciously, as he changes course.
One almost feels that Schama is writing exclusively for Robert Hughes, Time Magazine's incisive art critic, or John Simon, New York Magazine's acerbic theater critic, or the late Bertrand Russell.
www.thecityreview.com /books2.html   (799 words)

 Amazon.com: Rembrandt's Eyes: Books: Simon Schama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
From the outset, Schama contrasts the life of Rembrandt with that of his older, equally talented countryman Peter Paul Rubens, whose meteoric rise and sustained success as a society painter forms a revealing contrast with Rembrandt's unhappier relationship with fame and fortune.
Schama reads Rembrandt's self-portraits in various costumes -- as a merchant, as a soldier, for example -- as indications of his elusiveness, as if each portrait were meant to conceal rather than reveal its subject.
Schama vividly depicts the unparalled and tortured genius of Rembrandt, a man who was brilliant in success and even more so during tragedy.
www.amazon.com /Rembrandts-Eyes-Simon-Schama/dp/067940256X   (2675 words)

 DVD.net : Simon Schama A History of Britain - DVD Review
Simon Schama's language is so rich, and the images chosen to illustrate his history are so compelling, that each viewing reveals new layers, and reveals more detail of the history of how today's Britain - and most aspects of today's Australia, for that matter - were formed.
Schama, educated at Cambridge, and now living in America, is best known for his printed works, including Citizen: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, and a devastatingly brilliant survey of ideas and culture, Landscape and Memory.
And it is a selective history, with Schama's own inherent interests and biases creating a history which could be radically different than that of other scholars.
www.dvd.net.au /review.cgi?review_id=2188   (654 words)

 BBC News | TV AND RADIO | A history of Simon Schama
Professor Simon Schama, who has been made a CBE, has taken British history to a wider audience with the success of his BBC Two series A History of Britain.
Schama's writing career preceded his broadcasting career, and other acclaimed books include 1989's Citizens, about the French revolution, and Patriots and Liberators (1977), which won the Wolfson Prize for History.
Schama, born in London in 1945, was fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge University, from 1966-76 before becoming fellow and tutor in modern history at Brasenose College, Oxford.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/1390893.stm   (364 words)

 Amazon.fr : A History of Britain: Livres en anglais: Simon Schama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Now Schama is more penned in, covering just a century and a half in 500 pages, and mixing it with the cockiest and wisest historians in the farmyard.
However, Schama's larger story--how a nation that was created out of a titanic struggle for liberty then went on to impose dubious dominion on much of the rest of the world--is told in a masterly and compelling manner.
What was that?" asks Simon Schama at the start of this, the second book of his epic three-volume journey into Britain's past.
www.amazon.fr /History-Britain-Simon-Schama/dp/0563487186   (725 words)

 Amazon.fr : Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution: Livres en anglais: Simon Schama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In what PW called a "sprawling, provocative, sometimes infuriating chronicle that stands much conventional wisdom on its head," Schama argues that the Revolution did not produce a "patriotic culture of citizenship" but was preceded by one.
Schama theorizes that the cause of France's revolution lies in the self-deception of the ruling intelligentsia, who believed that they could make a Utopian France by allowing controlled violence, murder, and the destruction of property in the name of liberty, and all to exist simultaneously with good government.
Schama presents Talleyrand, Lafayette, and others with more understanding than they are given in most histories, setting them amidst a web of violence of their own making.
www.amazon.fr /Citizens-Chronicle-Revolution-Simon-Schama/dp/0679726101   (388 words)

 Simon Schama | Faculty Directory | Faculty | Department of Art History and Archaeology | Columbia University
Simon Schama studied history at Cambridge University where from 1966 to 1976 he was Fellow of Christ’s College.
Simon Schama has been a regular contributor to The New Republic; The New York Review of Books; The Guardian, and since 1994, art and cultural critic for The New Yorker, winning a National Magazine Award for his art criticism in 1996.
Simon Schama currently teaches courses on John Ruskin, Rembrandt; British visual culture since 1945 and Earth Art.
www.columbia.edu /cu/arthistory/html/dept_faculty_schama.html   (493 words)

 Simon Schama - Penguin UK Authors - Penguin UK
Schama remained at Christ’s for 10 years after his degree, becoming a fellow and then director of Studies, before moving to Brasenose College Oxford.
However, Schama’s emphasis on the terror and violence of the revolution and his argument, that from its beginning it was a ‘sacrament of blood’, ensured it has never found a publisher in France.
Simon Schama has also worked for the BBC on a 16 part series: ‘A History of Britain’ and has been an art critic and cultural essayist for The New Yorker and Talk magazine.
www.penguin.co.uk /nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,0_1000048712,00.html   (490 words)

 Amazon.com: A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D: Books: Schama Simon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Schama steers away from a Churchillian litany of patriotic glories, and from the revisionist pieties of the Left.
The combination of a powerful scholar of Simon Schama's caliber with such graceful writing is almost unheard of and the alternative of tedious fact recitation is no choice at all.
Schama professes early on (between the coronation and Churchill's funeral apparently) to have been an avid reader of Fernand Braudel, E. Thompson, Marc Bloch, and Christopher Hill, but if this work is any indication he has taken nothing from them of their disdain for the "great man" theory of history.
www.amazon.com /History-Britain-World-3500-B-C-1603/dp/0786866756   (2534 words)

 Simon Schama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Historian Simon Schama, author of Citizens, the critically acclaimed best-seller on the French Revolution, speaks March 29 at George Mason University.
Schama's newest book, Landscape and Memory (Alfred A. Knopf), is the focus of his lecture, which he describes as a "cultural psychology of nature."
A native of London, Schama is writer and presenter of historical and art documentaries for the British Broadcast Corp.
www.gmu.edu /news/gazette/march1.html   (170 words)

 Amazon.com: Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution: Books: Simon Schama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Schama would often drop the thread of one story, move on to another matter, and not return to pick up the dropped thread for many, many pages, creating a disjointed reading experience.
Schama has done a service to us all through this book, which provides a look at how people in the 18th century interpreted the phrase "all men are created equal." The British by and large were far more willing to include fls in that category than the people of the United States.
After the war, Schama takes us along with the freed slaves as they are shuttled to Nova Scotia and eventually Sierra Leone, as they demanded and fought for the freedom due to them by virtue of their service in the British army.
www.amazon.com /Rough-Crossings-Britain-American-Revolution/dp/006053916X   (2769 words)

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