The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

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by Lawrence James
     
 

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Great Britain's geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically fragile island often at odds with her European neighbors.
Lawrence James has written a comprehensive, perceptive, and insighful history of the British

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Great Britain's geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically fragile island often at odds with her European neighbors.
Lawrence James has written a comprehensive, perceptive, and insighful history of the British Empire. Spanning the years from 1600 to the present day, this critically acclaimed book combines detailed scholarship with readable popular history.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
James, a British historian whose previous books have dealt chiefly with military matters, writes engagingly about the British Empire from the time of Sir Walter Raleigh at the beginning of the 17th century to Nelson Mandela at the end of the 20th. The struggle that drove France out of Canada, he says, was ``Britain's first large-scale imperial war of conquest,'' and it set the pattern for future colonial wars from the American Revolution through the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, Afghan and Opium wars to WWI and the beginning of the end of the empire in India, Ireland, the Middle East and Africa. WWII finished the job. Except for the travels of Captain James Cook, tales of exploration play almost no part in this account. It is, instead, a history of how a fairly simple international mercantile enterprise-in which white dominions were definitely regarded differently from black ones-changed itself and the face of the world. James peppers his account with illuminating and entertaining excerpts from period songs and popular literature. His conclusion: few empires have given their subjects so much of the intellectual wherewithal to overthrow their rulers. A sprawling and complex subject handled with admirable style and selectivity. Illustrations. (Jan.)
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“This is a stylish, intelligent and readable book.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A reliable, well-balanced and well-written account that should enlighen and entertain lay readers who wish to learn more about an empire that in its high noon was more extensive, more populous, and arguably more influential that that of Rome.” —The Washington Post Book World

“There is not a dull page in thi book.” —The Washington Times

“A sprawling and complex subject handled with admirable style and selectivity.” —A.N. Wilson, author of Eminent Victories and Jesus: A Life

“An excellent work of popular history...fluid, accessible and personalized.” —Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466842137
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/15/1997
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
549,734
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Lawrence James studied history and English at York University and subsequently took a research degree at Merton College, Oxford. Following a career as a teacher, he became a full-time writer in 1985. He is the author of seven critically acclaimed works of nonfiction. He lives in St. Andrews, Scotland with his wife who is the headmistress of St. Leonard's School, and his two sons.


Lawrence James studied History and English at York University and subsequently undertook a research degree at Merton College, Oxford. Following a career as a teacher, he became a full-time writer in 1985, and is the author of The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, Imperial Warrior: The Life and Times of Field Marshal Viscount Allenby, and the acclaimed Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India. He now lives in St. Andrews.

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Rise and Fall of the British Empire 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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FARIEQUEENE More than 1 year ago
Lawrence James' coverage of the British Empire can at times seem a bit bias, but informative. I think if you are looking for something that gives you a clear overview with a good amount of detail, this is what you are looking for. His style is not too dry, but not in any sort of novel style either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago