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Rise And Fall Of The British Empire (Paperback)
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Rise And Fall Of The British Empire (Paperback)

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Paperback 736 Pages / Published: 02/11/1995
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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE covers the history of British expansion overseas from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Narrative and analysis are interwoven with revealing eyewitness quotation to provide keen insight into the minds of those involved in conquering, settling and ruling the greatest Empire the world has seen. Throughout, there are consistant themes; the search for profit and the moral misgivings it generated; domestic developments which made imperial expansion desirable; and the sense of national and personal destiny felt by the empire-builders. Spanning four centuries and six continents, James' magnificent survey examines the imperial experience and its legacy with tremendous verve. Informed, comprehensive and perceptive, it is the essential summary of the era. 'James' epic is not only a first-rate narrative, but also a penetrating portrait of the British...Having largely, if often inadvertently, selfishly or ham-fistedly, engineered the world we live in, we need the courage now to face up to our record as coolly and intelligently as Lawrence James has done' - John Spurling, TLS

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349106670
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 132 x 201 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A masterpiece * A N Wilson *
...with this superb history of a mammoth subject his writing career has reached its apogee. * Andrew Roberts, THE TIMES *
James never loses sight of his grand design, yet he still finds room for the telling detail which illuminates and enriches a narrative" Philip Ziegler, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH * 'A stimulating book... intelligent and making no concessions to current cliche.' *
IRISH TIMES * 'With dispassion and erudition James restores it to us mixing a pacy, lucid narrative with enlivening detail taken from political, cultural and populist sources.' *
His feeling for historical detail cannot be faulted and is made more engaging by his scholarship and infectious enthusiasm for the subject ... A thumping good read * Scotland on Sunday *
James' epic is not only a first-rate narrative, but also a penetrating portrait of the British ... Having largely, if often inadvertently, selfishly or ham-fistedly, engineered the world we live in, we need the courage now to face up to our record as coolly and intelligently as Lawrence James has done * John Spurling, TLS *
Outstanding ... An intelligible introduction to a grand subject * M.R.D. Foot, THE SPECTATOR'S BOOK OF THE YEAR *

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“Good and enlightening read”

A fantastic account of the British Empire's Rise and Decline. The author takes a more focused look upon the affect the Empire had upon the British people, both in its growth and in its decline and dismantling.... More

Paperback edition
25th December 2010
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“The Rise and Fall of the British Empire”

Provides an excellent insight into how the British built, ruled and disbanded the empire. If only this was used as a text in the national curriculum for the new generations to appreciate how, what and why the empire... More

Paperback edition
14th September 2011
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