The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 by Piers Brendon
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After the American Revolution, the British Empire appeared to be doomed. Yet it grew to become the greatest, most diverse empire the world had seen. Then, within a generation, the mighty structure collapsed, a rapid demise that left an array of dependencies and a contested legacy: at best a sporting spirit, a legal code and a near-universal language; at worst, failed states and internecine strife. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire covers a vast canvas, which Brendon fills with vivid particulars, from brief lives to telling anecdotes to comic episodes to symbolic moments.


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About Piers Brendon

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PIERS BRENDON is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, the best-selling "Eminent Edwardians" and "The Dark Valley," and, most recently, the highly acclaimed "The Decline and Fall of the British Empire." He also writes for television and contributes frequently to the national press. Formerly Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, he is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
 
Published October 22, 2008 by Vintage. 850 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The subtitle is borrowed—from Hah Suyin—but the outlook is independent in this brief overview of Hong Kong as it is, was, and may be.

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A richly detailed, lucid account of how the British Empire grew and grew--and then, not quite inexorably, fell apart.

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Two centuries after Edward Gibbon, a historian plots the trajectory of another great empire’s demise.

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Two centuries after Edward Gibbon, a historian plots the trajectory of another great empire’s demise.

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Two centuries after Edward Gibbon, a historian plots the trajectory of another great empire’s demise.

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But over the next 150 years it grew to become the greatest and most diverse empire the world has ever seen—ranging from Canada to Australia to China, India, and Egypt—seven times larger than the Roman Empire at its apogee.

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