||"Great Britain? What was that?" asks Simon Schama at the start of this, the second book of his epic three-volume journey into Britain's past. This volume is a compelling chronicle of the changes that transformed every strand and stratum of British life, faith, and thought from 1603 to 1776. Traveling up and down the country and across three continents, Schama explores the forces that tore Britain apart during two centuries of dynamic change--transforming outlooks, allegiances, and boundaries.