Empire by Niall Ferguson
The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power

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The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to world domination ever achieved. By the eve of World War II, around a quarter of the world's land surface was under some form of British rule. Yet for today's generation, the British Empire seems a Victorian irrelevance. The time is ripe for a reappraisal, and in Empire, Niall Ferguson boldly recasts the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernizing forces.An important new work of synthesis and revision, Empire argues that the world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's Age of Empire. The spread of capitalism, the communications revolution, the notion of humanitarianism, and the institutions of parliamentary democracy-all these can be traced back to the extraordinary expansion of Britain's economy, population, and culture from the seventeenth century until the mid-twentieth. On a vast and vividly colored canvas, Empire shows how the British Empire acted as midwife to modernity.Displaying the originality and rigor that have made him the brightest light among British historians, Ferguson shows that the story of the Empire is pregnant with lessons for today-in particular for the United States as it stands on the brink of a new era of imperial power, based once again on economic and military supremacy. A dazzling tour de force, Empire is a remarkable reappraisal of the prizes and pitfalls of global empire.
 

About Niall Ferguson

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Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of "The House of Rothschild" and "Colossus,
 
Published March 17, 2008 by Basic Books. 398 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Romance. Non-fiction

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Acclaimed British historian Ferguson (The Pity of War) takes the revisionist (or perhaps re-revisionist) position that the British Empire was, on balance, a good

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The British Empire, Niall Ferguson finds, was a positive force in the world and offers lessons for America.

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Colossus: The Price of America's Empire by Niall Ferguson 384pp, Allen Lane, £20.

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Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson 392pp, Allen Lane, £25.

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Acclaimed British historian Ferguson (The Pity of War) takes the revisionist (or perhaps re-revisionist) position that the British Empire was, on balance, a good

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The New York Review of Books

So long as the American Empire dare not speak its own name…today’s ambitious young men and women will take one look at the prospects for postwar Iraq and say with one voice, “Don’t even go there.” Americans need to go there.

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Slugger O'Toole

Perhaps you should try to balance your ‘deflation ‘ of the Irish with some counter deflationary remarks on say loud mouthed ignorant Americans , pompous marble mouthed English , arrogant Germans or corrupt Greeks not to mention racist warmongering Israelis , caste ridden Indians and lets see cuck...

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