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                                            Our Country
Britain, is .only a small country, but every part is different. Scotland is
a land of mountains, lakes and romantic castles. The
winters are cold, with plenty of snow, but the summers are often warm and
sunny. Deer live in the hills, and the rivers are full of salmon.
Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, is very beautiful. The heart
of the city is the castle, where the kings of Scotland lived for centuries.
Edinburgh has a busy cultural life. Every year, in August,
the International Festival takes place. Musicians, actors and singers come
from all over the world and thousands of visitors fill the city. In the
evening, the opera house, the theatres and concert halls are
full. In cafes and pubs, small groups sing, act and read poetry. The castle
is at its best in Festival tune.Every night there is a magnificent military
«Tattoo». Highland soldiers wearing «kilts» play the bagpipes and march to
the music. Tartans, the patterns of the kilts, have an interesting history.
Since the fifteenth century, each Scottish family (or ‘clan') has worn its
own tartan as a kindof badge. It was a useful way of recognising people,
especially in times of war.

Many tartans date only from the nineteenth century, but some of the old
patterns still exist. «Dress» tartans, worn on special occasions, have
light, bright colours. Hunting tartans are usually green, blue, or brown.
Wales is a country of high mountains and pretty valleys. But Wales has
plenty of industry, too. There are.many factories and coal mines there. The
people of Wales are very musical. Every year they have a festival of Welsh
music and poetry called an «Eisteddfod».
          A hundred years ago the north of England was the industrial heart
of the country. The old factories have gone now and the workers have to
look for Jobs in the new«high-tech» industries. The centre of England (the
«Midlands») is also an important industrial area, especially near the huge
cities of Coventry and Birmingham, the centre of
car industry. The west of England is a rich farming country. It produces
milk, cream, butter, cheese and apples. Northern Island is beautiful too.
In the warm, wet climate n of the land is farming.
         Britain is an island and there is no place to be too far fronr sea.
Some of the coast, especially in the west, is wild and ro with small, sandy
beaches, and romantic harbours.

Castle –  замок                                                        Deer
- олень
Edinburgh – Эдинбург                                            Bagpipe -
Tattoo – барабанная дробь                                    Tartan –
шотландский плед
Salmon – лосось
cathedral- собор
coal mines –  угольные шахты                               Beache – берег
Harbour – гавань
“high- tech” industries – отрасли высоких технологий
Eisteddfod –  айстедвод, состязаниек бардов
Problems of city and coutry life

The saga of discovery and settlement of the New Worid, begun by European's
in the late 15th century, lasted more than 200 years. Snccessive
transatlantic crossings, first into the Caribbean and then to the coast of
Canada and along the coast of South America, describe the general pattern
of exploration by the Spanish, Portuguese, falians, French, and English.
Several factors made the Age of Exploration possible. Medieval
cartographers placed Jerusalem at the center of the earth. But in the 15th
century. Western scholars rediscovered Ptolemy's «Geography», with its maps
of a semispheric earth that accurately located all distant places.
Improvements in
equipment enabled the construction of larger, more manoeuvrable ships.In-
the East Europeans were cut off from land routes to India and China. The
need for new avenues of trade with the Far East led to theseafaring
explorations of the Age of Discovery.
In 1492 the Italian Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic in a Spanish-
backed attempt to find a new trading route to the Far East.  While that
objective went unfulfilled, subsequent voyages by explorers did much to
reveal both the complexities of transatlantic navigation and the nature of
the New World. Simultaneously, Portuguese seafarers led by Bartolomeu Dias
had pushed southward to the Cape of Good Hope, mapping the entire western
coast of Africa in the process and proving the existence of a sea route
between Europe and India. In 1497 John Cabot, a Venetian sea captain,
completed the first recorded transatlantic voyage by an English vessel,
while attempting to find a north-west passage to Asia. Cabot died during
the second attempt to find a direct route to Cathay in 1498. Althoughl
Sebastian Cabot continued his father's explorations in the Hudson Bay
region in 1508-1509, England's interest in the New World waned. However,
Cabot's voyages established England's belated claim to America, In 1520
Ferdinand Magellan discovered the strait, now bearing his name, that links
the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The discovery of Cape Horn at the
southernmost tip of South America was made in 1578 by the English navigator
Francis Drake; this provided a more suitable route for trading ships.
Colonisation followed exploration, and, as isolated outposts gave way to
larger protected settlements and military garrisons in the 17th and l8th
centuries, the tide of colonists to the New World and the exploitation of
natural resources from both land and sea increased. The explorers were
inspired by curiosity and the desire tc become wealthy. The Age of
Exploration enriched Europe.

  saga - увлекательная история                               New World
  -Новый Свет

  successive – последующий                                    exploration
   Ptolemy  - Птолемей
accurately  - точно
  Columbus  - Колумб'                                              trading
route - торговый путь
  subsequent – последующий                                   voyage  -
морское путешествие
  explorer  - исследователь                                       reveal  —
   simultaneously  - одновременно                            vessel  -
   wane  - уменьшиться                                              belated
   claim  - притязание
Ferdinand Magellan - Фернандо Магелан
   arrison  - гарнизон

Caribbean - карибскии, относящийся к Карибскому морю

Age of Discovery = Age of Exploration - эпоха Великих ографических открытий

Barrtolomeu Dias - Бартоломеу Диаш

                                             Education and future
The seventeenth century was the time of the development of various branches
of science. The new mood had been established by Francis Bacon. Bacon was a
lawyer who entered Parliament early and became James I's Lord Chancellor.
Bacon bad a wide range of scholarly interests. He had the reputation of
being the most learned man of his time. Francis Bacon's goal was synthesis.
He wanted to organize 'all knowledge' in a united whole. He defined the
scientific method in a form that is still relevant and stimulates the
growth of science. Every scientific idea, he argued, must be tested by
experiment. With idea and experiment following one the other, the whole
natural world would be understood. In the rest of the century British
scientists put these ideas into practice.
Bacon made a great contribution to historical writing. He was a master
stylist - his scientific works can be read with pleasure, as literature. He
saw himself as an intellectual Columbus, revealing  new world of science to
his contemporaries, and bringing back hips freighted with useful knowledge.
In his «New Atlantis» Bacon described an island governed by an Academy of
Sciences, founded 'for the knowledge of causes, and secret motion of
things; and the enlarging the bounds of human empire, to the effecting of
all things possible'. This is the most accessible and exciting of his
writings on science.
In his essay «Of Study» Francis Bacon regards studies as they should be:
for pleasure, for self-improvement, for business. He considers the evils of
excess study: laziness, affectation, and preciosity. Bacon divides books
into three categories; those to be read in part, those to be read casually,
and those to be read with care. Studies should include reading, which gives
depth: speaking, which adds readiness of thought; and writing, which trains
in preciseness. The author ascribes certain virtues to individual fields of
study: wisdom to history, wit to poetry, subtlety to mathematics, and depth
to natural philosophy. This essay has intellectual appeal indeed.
Meanwhile, scientists, were demystifying the universe. Nobody knows for
sure who invented the telescope, but Galileo Galilei had built one of his
own. With it he was able to confirm the heretical speculations of
Copernicus, Kepler and Tyeho Brahe that the sun, not the earth, was the
center of our universe. The specific origins of the microscope are equally
obscure. In the 17th century. Robe Hooke used it to describe accurately the
anatomy of a flea and the design of a feather; Antonie de Leeuwenhoek
discovered a world of wriggling organisms in a drop of water. The invention
of logarithms and calculus led to more accurate clocks and optical
  By 1700 Galileo, Rene Descartes, Sir Isaac Newton  and  other  scientists
had clarified the principles by  which  machines  work.  Henceforth  Western
civilization's technological  supremacy  was  beyond  challenge.  Mechanical
invention led inevitably to  another  step  in  the  West's  commercial  and
political hegemony over the world: the Industrial Revolution.


science  - наука                                               branches of
science - области науки
establish – создать                                          define  -
давать (точное) определение
make a contribution to - внести вклад в         contemporary - современник
freight - грузить, фрахтовать                        Academy of Sciences -
Академия Наук
«New Atlantis» - Новая Атлантида              accessible  - доступная
exciting – увлекательный                             confirm  -
demystify – раскрывать                                heretical  -
speculation  - размышление                         microscope  - микроскоп
obscure – неясный                                        henceforth  - с
этого времени, впредь
technological supremacy - техническое превосходство     calculus  -

Problems of the youth (friendship, love, conflicts)

   In 1605 the first Europeans came to Manhattan island from Holland. In
1626, Peter Minuit, governor of the Dutch settlements in North America
known as New Amsterdam bought the island from the Native Americans for a
few glass necklaces, valued about twenty-four dollars today. In 1609 Henry
Hudson entered the River of the Mountains. In 1613 the Dutch-built: only
four small houses  on Manhattan’s a fur trading station. It was not until
1623, ten years more, that they started a real settlement, town of New
Amsterdam in honour of the capital of their country in Europe. In 1644
when the English acquired the island, the village New Amsterdam was renamed
New York. Today Manhattan is the heart of America's business and culture.
It is the most important banking re in the world. Fewer than two million of
the city's eight million people live on the island.
In 1789 on the steps of Federal Hall George Washington took the oath of
office when he became the first president of the United States of America.
During the years 1785 to 1790 New York was the capital of the United
States. Due to its natural advantages as a our, and the rising tide of
immigration from all parts of the world the role of New York as the leading
city accelerated. Villages grew throughout the entire area.
For the visitor New York means skyscrapers, tremendous traffic, dazzling
neon advertisements. Manhattan is full of parallel rows of buildings, those
running from north to south are called  avenues while those running from
east to west are called streets. avenues and streets have only numbers
instead of names. Wall Street from its very beginning became the market
place of money. It was here that a walled stockade was erected to repulse
the Indians its name. As the city expanded the stockade was dismantled as
of no further use, but the market place for the purchase of bonds and
securities remained.
Like every big city, New York has its own traffic system. Traffic can be
terrible, and it is usually quicker to go by subway. It goes to almost
every comer of Manhattan. New York is an international city, the place to
try something new. It may be an experience you will never forget.

settlement – колония
                  necklace - ожерелье value  - стоимость
-губернатор      skyscrapers  - небоскребы
                              market place – рынок
                                 stockade  - укрепление, форт
                                           dismantl  - разобрать

purchase  - покупка
                 bonds - облигации
securities  - ценные бумаги
            subway  - метро
traffic jams  - дорожные пробки
dazzling neon advertisements - сверкающие неоновые рекламы

Sport and healthy life style

Аs Revolutionary America had produced two commanding figures who became
world-wide known, Washington and Franklin, so the  youthful republic raised
into fame two brilliantly able men whose reputations spread beyond the seas
- Alexander Hamilton and  Thomas Jefferson. They represented two powerful
though different tendencies in American life, Hamilton the tendency toward
closer union and a stronger national government, Jefferson the tendency
toward a broader, freer democracy.
Hamilton had been born in Nevis, a little island of the Lesser lies, to a
Scottish father and a Huguenot mother. He grew up ambitious, generous,
devoted, proud, quick to take offences and inexhaustible energy. His
achievements all arose from his combination of brilliancy, self-confident
ambition, and industry. His father had no money to scud him to college. But
a terrible hurricane-swept the Antilles, and he wrote a description of it
which attract; so roach attention that his aunts sent him to the American
mail land. He entered King's College in New York, and threw himself into
contact with the radicals of the town who were leading the n volt against
royal authority. When at twenty-two he became
captain of an artillery company, he took his books to camp and studied far
into the night.
Besides brilliancy and ambition, Hamilton had other quality which served
him well. He possessed great personal attractiveness With reddish-brown
hair, bright brown eyes, fine forehead, and firm mouth and chin, he was
very handsome, his face animated an pleasant when he talked, severe and
thoughtful when he was , work. He liked a lively dinner party and shone in
any circle which offered intellectual companions, and witty talk. As leader
of New York patriots, he was brought to Washington's notice an made him the
general's principal aide, it enabled him to lead dramatic assault at the
siege of Yorktown, it rendered him the principal figure in Washington's
administration, and it gave him command of a great party. He had remarkable
talents as an executive and organizer. He wrote and spoke much. Yet he also
showed striking defects. He was quick-tempered. He Quarreled with
Washington near the end of the war and rejected the advances the Washington
made to heal the breach. His arrogance of spin brought him into
unnecessarily conflicts - with Jefferson, with the Washington
administration, and with Aaron Burr, ending in his own death in a duel.


  Antilles  - Антильские острова                   possess  - владеть
  attractiveness  - привлекательность          animate  - оживлять
   sever  - суровый                                             thoughtful
- задумчивый
   executive - исполнительный                       arrogance  -

   hot-tempered  - вспыльчивый, горячий
  attract the attention — привлечь внимание


The uniqueness of the British as a people has long been taken granted by
foreign observers and native commentators alike. Visitors from overseas,;
fromVenetian ambassadors in the late fifteenth century, through
intellectuals like Voltaire, to American journalists of the twentieth
century, have all been convinced of the special quality of British society.
This has been equally asumed by modern native chroniclers of the British
scene. But the nature or essence of the Britishness of the British is far
easier to proclaim than to explain. Some English characteristics upon which
both natives and visitors have tended to agree have to do with national
psychology: egoism, self-confidence, intolerance of outsiders, deep
suspieiousness towards their compatriots, ostentatious wealth,
independence, social mobility, love of comfort and a strong belief in
private property. Moderation, the avoidance of extremes, the choice of a
middle way, are among the essential qualities of Englishness. The two
features of English life which from the 15th century onwards struck almost
every observer were the country's wealth and its strong sense of
  The features that have shaped the British distinctiveness were determined
by the country's geographical isolation from the European continent, with
the consistent centrality of sea power and a broad social fluidity in which
the early collapse of feudalism helped generate a new industry and
commercial enterprise. The long centuries during which the land was free
from invaders meant that there could be a flowing culture continuity from
the time of Chaucer onwards impossible on the war-torn Continent. A
political and legal evolution is expressed in the English Parliament which
has survived in recognisable form till today, without those interruptions
and periods of absolute monarchy that have marked the history of its
neighbours, and the rule of law. There have been other significant features
in the development of England which mark it as a country to some degree
separate from Europe. One of the most important is the language. English is
a language of unparalleled richness, subtlety and variety, which unlocks'
the treasures of a literature second to none in the werid. It is the
easiest language to leam.
     As for British history, it is not one of harmonious continuity,
broadening from epoch to epoch. It is a dramatic, colourful, often violent
story of an ancient, society and culture torn apart by the political,
economic, and intellectual turmoil of human experience. Britain in many
ways has been the cockpit of mankind.
Ambassador – посол                                 assume – допускать
Proclaim – провозглашать                       psychology – психология
Self – confidence – самоуверенность      intolerance – нетерпимость
Ostentatious – показной                          Uniqueness – уникальность
                    social fluidity – соц. Подвижность        Avoidance –
уклонение                            extreme – крайность
           Isolation – изоляция                                  invader –
захватчик                                 Continuity – непрерывность
             proceed – продолжать                             Turmoil –
private property – частная собственность

Environmental protection

The 20th century began slowly, to the ticking of grandfather clocks and the
stately rhythms of progress. Thanks to science, industry and moral
philosophy, mankind's steps had at last been guided up the right path. The
century of steam was about to give way to the century of oil and
electricity. Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, only 41 years old in
1900, proposed a scientific basis for the notion that progress was gradual
but inevitable, determined by natural law.
And everybody thought that the development would continue in the small
steps that had marked the progress of the 19th century. Inventions like the
railroad or the telegraph or the typewriter had enabled people to get on
with their ordinary lives a little more conveniently. No one could have
guessed then that, in the century just beginning, new ideas would burst
upon the world with a force and frequency that would turn this stately
march of progress into a long distance, free-for-all sprint. Thrust into
this race, the children of the 20th century would witness more change in
their daily existence and environment than anyone else who had ever walked
the planet.
This high-velocity attack of new ideas and technologies seemed to ratify
older dreams of a perfectible life on earth, of an existence in which the
shocks of nature had been tamed. But the unleashing of unparalleled
progress was also accompanied by something quite different: a massive
regression toward savagery. If technology endowed humans with Promethean
aspirations and powers, it also gave them the means to exterminate one
another. Assassinations in Sarajevo in 1914 lit a spark that set off an
unprecedented explosion of destruction and death. The Great War did more
than devastate a generation of Europeans. It set the tone - the political,
moral and intellectual temper - for much that followed.
Before long the Great War received a new name - World War I. The roaring
1920s and the Depression years of the 1930s proved to be merely a prelude
to World War II. Largely hidden during that war was an awful truth that
called into question progress and the notion of human nature itself.
But civilization was not crushed by the two great wars, and the ruins
provided the stimulus to build a way of life again. To a degree previously
unheard of and perhaps unimaginable, the citizens of the 20th century felt
free to reinvent themselves. In that task  They were assisted by two
profound developments–psychoanalysis and the Bomb.


    stately  - величественный, величавый
  thrust  - толчок
  high-velocity - большая скорость
  savagery - варварство
  aspiration  - стремление
  exterminate  - уничтожать
    assassination - убийство политического или общественного деятеля spark
- искра
    explosion - взрыв
   destruction - разрушение, уничтожение
   devastate  - опустошить
   roaring - бурный
   Depression - кризис 1929-32 гг.

                             Outstanding people
Edward VI took the English throne in 1461. When he unexpectedly died in
1483, his brother Richard was one of the most powerful men in the kingdom.
Edward IV left two little sons, Edward, Prince of Wales, age twelve, and
Richard, Duke of York, age nine. Their uncle Richard made a conspiracy to
seize the Princes. He brought them to London and locked away in the Tower,
and started to move toward usurpation. He alleged that the marriage of his
dead brother, Edward IV, was invalid because Edward had previously promised
to marry another woman. As a result, the little princes were declared
bastards, and young Edward V had no right to the throne of England. To
assure his own security, Richard is believed to have ordered to murder the
little princes in the Tower. He became King Richard III.
Richard had the most obvious reasons for wanting the young princes dead. He
lived through a civil war that taught him that powerful men were always
ready to rally around a standard revolt. If such a flag could be raised for
a prince of the royal blood to restore him to a rightful throne, noblemen
with great lands, great debts, and empty wallets might readily take arms,
looking for the main chance in the change of kings. Richard never felt
secure on his throne; his swift, lawless, and lethal moves against those
who threatened him showed that he was capable of murder if by murder he
could rid himself of the mortal danger. And as long as the little princes
remained alive the danger was always present. In the summer of 1483, the
little princes disappeared forever; that much is certain.
Richard III was killed in the battle on 22 August 1485. Henry Tudor, earl
of Richmond, now King Henry VII by right of conquest and some other
hereditary claims, felt he needed to justify his own actions at the battle
of Bosworth. He issued a royal proclamation, dated the day before the
battle, declaring himself the rightful king of England and condemning
Richard as the rebellious subject.
In 1674 two small skeletons were found in a wooden box buried ten feet
under a small staircase that workmen were removing from the White Tower.
They were thought to be the bones of the little princes. King Charles II
had his own reasons for being offended at the murder of kings, so he placed
these bones in the chapel of Henry VII in Westminster Abbey.


  usurpation - узурпация, незаконный  захват
   allege  - утверждать, заявлять (голословно)
   invalid  - не имеющий законной силы
   bastard - внебрачный ребенок
   security - безопасность
   rally – сплотиться
   standard - знамя, флаг
   murder  - убийство
   disappear  - исчезнуть
   it-rightful - законный
     condemn  - осуждать

Youth and unemployment

In the year 1000, Western Europe was just emerging from the long depression
commonly known as the Dark Ages. Shortly before the beginning of the
millennium, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III moved his capital and court
back to the Eternal City. But what little grandeur Rome still possessed
paled by comparison with the splendors of 'the new Rome, Constantinople,
the capital of the Byzantine empire. Byzantium was one of three centers of
wealth and power in the known world of the 11th century, India and China
were the others. There were sophisticated cultures elsewhere, notably the
Mayans of Mexico, but they were virtually out of touch with other
civilizations — thus lacking an essential condition for being considered
part of world history.
Little of Europe's coming dynamism was apparent in the year JOOO, although
there were signs that the Continent was getting richer. Wider use of plows
had made farming more efficient. The planting of new crops, notably beans
and peas, added variety to Europe's diet Windmills and watermills provided
fresh sources of power. Villages that were to become towns and eventually
cities grew up around trading markets. Yet the modern nation-state, with
its centralized bureaucracies and armies under unified command came into
being in the 15th century. For most of the Middle Ages, Roman Catholicism
was Europe's unifying force. Benedictine abbeys had preserved what
fragments of ancient learning the Continent possessed. Cistercian monks had
cleared the land and pioneered in agricultural experimentation. Ambitious
popes competed with equally ambitious kings to determine whether the
spiritual realm would hold power over the tea or vice versa. Symbolic of
the church's power were great Gothic cathedrals of Europe: construction of
Reims began 13th century, and Charters—the most glorious of all such
edifices—was consecrated in 1260.
By the 20th century the ingenuity, coupled with an aggressive wanderlust,
brought Europeans and their culture to the ends earth. By the year 1914,
eighty four per cent of the world' surface, apart from the polar regions,
was under the influence European civilization. The hegemony of European
civilization was based on the successful application of new knowledge to a
problems and conquering nature, and much of that success based on
circumstance and ingenuity.


emerge  - выходить
millennium  – тысячелетие

asceticism  - аскетизм
sophisticated  - сложный
bureaucracies  - чиновники                                       apparent -
watermill  - водяная мельница                                  ambitious  -
ingenuity  - изобретательность                                 wanderlust
- страсть к путешествиям
surface  - поверхность
conquer  - завоевать
assertion  - утверждение
accomplishment  - достижение
grandeur  - великолепие, пышность, грозность

Mass media

The problem between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland started a
long time ago. It is more political than religious. For centuries the
English had tried to gain control of Ireland. Until the 16-th century,
England controlled only a small area of Ireland around Dublin. English
rulers, including King Henry VIII (1491-1547), Queen Elizabeth I (153-1603)
and Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) gradually conquered the whole of Ireland.
The last area to resist the province in Ulster, in the north of Ireland,
but in the Irish were defeated.
In 1910 the British Government offered Ireland a mild form of Home Rule –
full self-government in regard to purely Irish affairs. Opposition was
basked by the generals of the British Army’s troops in Ireland. The Irish
patriots formed their own military organizations of the Irish Volunteers,
drilling troops for the fight. The Labour Party in Ireland established the
Irish Army. The Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army jointly started
preparation for an insurrection. The set date was Monday of Easter Week,
1916. Although the uprising was a failure, it laid the foundation for
another stage of the fight for freedom. In 1921, an independent Irish state
was set up, that is the Republic of Ireland. In the north of Ireland six
countries were dominated and controlled by Protestants, who refused to join
the new Irish state. These six countries stayed part of the UK and are now
called Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland is a very beautiful place. It is a land of mountains,
rivers and lakes. It has a rugged coastline and one is never more than half
an hour away from the coast by car. The people of Ireland have always been
known for the stories and myths. They say that giants used to live on the
Antrim coast, north of Belfast. One giant, Finn McCool, the commander of
the king of Ireland’s army, fell in love with the woman giant in Scotland.
He wanted her to come to Ulster so he started to build a bridge, the
Giant’s Causeway, so that she could walk across the sea.

Defeat - наносить поражение
Home Rule – Гом Руль
Back - поддержать
Troops - войска
Volunteers - «Добровольцы»
Drill - строевая подготовка
Insurrection – восстание
Uprising – восстание
Failure – неудача, провал
Independent - независимый
County – округ, графство
Giant – великан

                                                     Leisure time

  Until 1800 the United States of America had five  «capitals»  or  meeting
places of the  Congress  -  Princeton,  Annapolis,  Trenton,  New  York  and
Philadelphia. For various reasons, none of these  cities  offered  an  ideal
seat of government for the new nation. Southern states protested  that  they
were  all  too  far  north.  After  the  Constitution   was   adopted,   the
establishment of a new city was cons