A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 by Andrew Roberts

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In 1900, where Churchill ended the fourth volume of his History of the English-Speaking Peoples, the United States had not yet emerged onto the world scene as a great power. Meanwhile, the British Empire was in decline but did not yet know it. Any number of other powers might have won primacy in the twentieth century and beyond, including Germany, Russia, possibly even France. Yet the coming century was to belong to the English-speaking peoples, who successively and successfully fought the Kaiser's Germany, Axis aggression and Soviet Communism, and who are now struggling against Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.

Andrew Roberts brilliantly reveals what made the English-speaking people the preeminent political culture since 1900, and how they have defended their primacy from the many assaults upon them. What connects those countries where the majority of the population speaks English as a first language—the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies and Ireland—is far greater than what separates them, and the development of their history since 1900 has been a phenomenal success story.

Authoritative and engrossing, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 is an enthralling account of the century in which the political culture of one linguistic world-grouping comprehensively triumphed over all others. Roberts's History proves especially invaluable as the United States today looks to other parts of the English-speaking world as its best, closest and most dependable allies.

 

About Andrew Roberts

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Andrew Roberts is the author of Masters and Commanders and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900. His other books include Napoleon and Wellington, Eminent Churchillians, and Salisbury, which won the Wolfson History Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a PhD in history from Cambridge University and writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Beast. He lives in New York City.
 
Published February 6, 2007 by Harper. 752 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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A thoughtful yet partial history of the rivalry among nations that became a "Special Relationship."

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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 by Andrew Roberts Weidenfeld & Nicolson £25, pp752 If the title appears grandiloquent, it is meant to be.

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Yet the 20th century was to belong to the English-speaking peoples, who defeated Germany and its allies in two world wars, threw Communism on the ash heap of history, and are now struggling against Islamic fascism and terror.What connects these countries in which the majority of the populations s...

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Of the four—Prussian militarism culminating in World War I, fascist aggression leading to World War II, Soviet Communism and the cold war, and Islamist terrorism—the first three were dealt with in the characteristic fashion of the English-speaking peoples.

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