About this product Synopsis In ten incisive chapters Andrew Robinson provides a clear focus to each segment of the unfolding story of Indian history, from the remarkable cities of the Indus Valley civilization four millennia ago to the Hindu dynasties, from the Mughal Empire to the British Raj, and from Indian independence to the nations emergence as the worlds largest democracy and one of its fastest growing economies in the modern era. India has always been a land of great contradictions. To Alexander the Great, the country was a place of clever naked philosophers and massive armies mounted on elephants which eventually forced his army to retreat. To ancient Rome, it was a source of luxuries, mainly spices and textiles, paid for in goldhence the enormous numbers of Roman gold coins excavated in India.
His parents would later sell their interest in the aforementioned milk business in A prolific reader as a child, he soon gained a passion for history, particularly for dramatic works relating to "battles, wars, assassinations and death". However, as he later revealed, he also was "horrifically bullied" by other pupils, at one point being locked in a clothes cupboard and made to think that the building was on fire, and he sought relief partially through alcohol.
Though he eventually achieved three As in his A-levels, Roberts ended up being forced to leave Cranleigh due to bouts of intoxication as well as carrying out minor acts of vandalism.
He published his first historical book in He is divorced from his first wife, Camilla Henderson, with whom he had two children. They currently live in London. Roberts has worked with think tank organisations such as the Centre for Policy Studies and the Centre for Social Cohesion.
He additionally has maintained personal friendships with several British political and social figures such as David CameronMichael Gove and Oliver Letwin. Historical and socio-political viewpoints[ edit ] Commentary on history[ edit ] Roberts' analysis of the Second World War convinced him that the Nazi German government had significant advantages in military organisation and economic power early in the war.
He has argued that, if someone other than Adolf Hitler had control of the nation's military strategy, the country would likely have forgone a costly direct invasion of Soviet territory which occurred through Operation Barbarossa and instead would have swept through Mediterranean territories before trying to seal off British-controlled Middle East areas.
Thus, Roberts believes, the likely morale-building victories against the comparatively weak forces to the southeast could have allowed Hitler to essentially "win" the war. Roberts argues that after the declaration, Germany could not keep the U.
He noted that Stalin's obsessive tactics of killing his own men for ideological reasons cost him thousands upon thousands of troops. In the Battle of Stalingrad alone, Soviet forces killed the equivalent of two full divisions of their own personnel.
He has remained a staunch backer of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her socio-political legacy. After Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister, Roberts assessed him as an "exemplary war leader" with his "vigorous prosecution of the War against Terror ", which would leave him regarded as a "highly successful prime minister".
In many writings, he has come out in support of neo-conservative influenced socio-political viewpoints.
He additionally argued that acting against Saddam Hussein was in line with the "Pax Americana realpolitik that has kept the great powers at peace since the Second World War, despite the collapse of communism". Roberts provided a revisionist account of Wood, a one-time Viceroy of India and the Foreign Secretary in Chamberlain's government.
This work was followed by Eminent Churchillians, ina collection of essays about friends and enemies of Churchill. A large part of the book is an attack on Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and other prominent members of the elite.
The title is an obvious allusion to the famous and similarly combative book of biographies Eminent Victorians. In Roberts published The Aachen Memoranduma thriller novel which he has described as "a dystopian vision of what Britain might turn into if it became a minor satrapy of a vast protectionist, illiberal anti-American, politically correct EU.
InRoberts published Salisbury: Historian Michael Korda praised the work as "a masterpiece about one of the greatest and most able Tory political figures of the Victorian age".
In SeptemberNapoleon and Wellington, an investigation into the relationship between the two generals, was published by Weidenfeld and Nicolsonand was the subject of the lead review in all but one of Britain's national newspapers.
January saw the publication of Hitler and Churchill: In the book, which addresses the leadership techniques of Hitler and Churchill, he delivered a rebuttal to many of the assertions made by Clive Ponting and Christopher Hitchens concerning Churchill.
An accompanying television series based around Roberts' Hitler and Churchill ran on BBC2with its first episode being broadcast on 7 March InRoberts published Waterloo:The former Heisman Trophy winner provided the highlight-reel plays and is arguably the most exciting player in vetconnexx.com yesterday, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was finally able.
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He is said to have painted pictures of the Virgin Mary and Child, in particular the Hodegetria image in Constantinople (now lost). Andrew Roberts FRHistS FRSL (born 13 January ) is a British historian and journalist. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King's College London and a Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New York Historical Society.
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