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The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire: Book by Piers Brendon

The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire

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ISBN: 9780712668460    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 816        Language: English
No empire has been larger or more diverse than the British Empire. At its apogee in the 1930s, 42 million Britons governed 500 million foreign subjects. Britannia ruled the waves and a quarter of the earth's...Read more
No empire has been larger or more diverse than the British Empire. At its apogee in the 1930s, 42 million Britons governed 500 million foreign subjects. Britannia ruled the waves and a quarter of the earth's surface was painted red on the map. Where Britain's writ did not run directly, its influence, sustained by matchless industrial and commercial sinews, was often paramount.Yet no empire (except the Russian) disappeared more swiftly. Within a generation this mighty structure sank almost without trace, leaving behind a scatter of sea-girt dependencies and a ghost of empire, the British Commonwealth of nations. Equally, it can be claimed that Britain bequeathed its former colonies economic foundations, a cultural legacy, a sporting spirit, a legal code and a language more ubiquitous than Latin ever was.In a book of unparalleled scholarship, Piers Brendon presents the story of the decline and eclipse of British might, the major historical event in the closing stages of the second millennium. Full of vivid particulars, brief lives, telling anecdotes, comic episodes, symbolic moments and illustrative vignettes, 'The Decline and Fall of the British Empire' evokes remote places as well as distant times. From the war for American independence, the end of the Raj, the 'scram out of Africa' and the unfinished business of the Falklands and Hong Kong to the new 'informal' empire of the United States, this is a comprehensive and engaging account.
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About the author: Piers Brendon
Piers Brendon is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, the bestselling 'Eminent Edwardians' and 'The... Read more
Piers Brendon is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, the bestselling 'Eminent Edwardians' and 'The Dark Valley', a highly praised history of the 1930s. He also writes for television and contributes frequently to the national press. Formerly Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, he is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Review:
A monumental new history" The Times "This is a huge and hugely impressive book, mighty in scale as its subject, elegantly written and rigorous in its research" Daily Telegraph "Magnificent...a...Read more
A monumental new history" The Times "This is a huge and hugely impressive book, mighty in scale as its subject, elegantly written and rigorous in its research" Daily Telegraph "Magnificent...a narrative masterpiece. The settings are exotic, the cast of thousands full of the most eccentric, egotistical, paranoid, swashbuckling players you are likely to meet in any history" -- Richard Overy Sunday Telegraph "A provocative, marvellously readable account" Financial Times "Brilliant... A masterpiece of historical narrative. No review can hope to do justice to the depth of Brendon's research, the balance and originality of his conclusions, or the quality and humour of his prose. Our imperial story has been crying out for a top-flight historian who can write. Now it has one" Literary Review
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