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From the Publisher"Ronald Hyam did it again. Hyam's Britain's Imperial Century, 1815-1914, first published more than 30 years ago, remains the single-best historical synthesis of the British Empire at its height. With this new volume, Hyam has produced an engaging and comprehensive study of British decolonization in the 20th century that will provide one of the key starting points in any future discussion of the subject."
"It is both textbook and much more than that, appealing to students by its engagement with debate and its offer of much needed guidance through a world of 'variety,' 'strangeness,' and 'complexity,' and to professional historians for its range, originality, and stimulus. This is a moment when one might have expected a lull in the expansion of the subject's historiography. Hyam's book will make any such hiatus highly unlikely."
-Andrew Porter, King's College London, American Historical Review
"Elegantly and wittily written, Ronald Hyam's Britian's Declining Empire is a remarkable, comprehensive study of British decolonization that supersedes the existing key texts on the subject..." -Nicholas J. White, Journal of Modern History
"Hyam's book explores high politics and policymaking across the empire from the apex of expansion at the end of the First World War to the retreat from east of Suez and the end of Harold Wilson's first term as prime minister." -Stephen J. Heathorn, H-Albion