The Rise and Fall of the British Empire 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 Empire. Spanning the years from 1600 to the present day, this critically acclaimed book combines detailed scholarship with readable popular history.



 

About Lawrence James

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Lawrence James was born in Bath and was educated at the University of York and Merton College, Oxford. After a distinguished teaching career, he emerged as one of the outstanding narrative historians of this generation. His previous books include Raj and The Rise and Fall of the British Empire. He lives near St. Andrews, Scotland.
 
Published September 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Press. 720 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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now there are ``a few scarlet pinpricks on the globe.'' But James argues that the British empire ``transformed the world'' and believes that prime ministers Clement Attlee and Harold Macmillan and Colonial Secretary Iain Macleod were the ``real heroes of imperial retreat'' because of the politica...

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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 ce

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Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783 by Brendan Simms 802pp, Allen Lane, £ 30 When Georg Ludwig, Elector of Hanover, reached England in September 1714 to become Great Britain's George I, his arrival at Greenwich was attended by a moment of farce...

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Ancient egypt has been misunderstood since Herodotus put pen to papyrus in the fifth century B.C., though its appeal has never flagged.

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The account of Murdoch’s early rise has a whiff of the Wild West The account of Murdoch’s early rise has a whiff of the Wild West but is soon more akin to The Godfather as he boldly sets his sights on the British press.

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Using the cycle of great wars of the last five centuries as the key to understanding the course of history, a cycle proposed by Robert Mowat in 1928, Knutsen examines the history of the past 500 years in terms of five world orders that have existed sequentially.

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It also convinces him that accounts of the rapidity and scale of social change are often much exaggerated, for if the history of class in Britain demonstrates anything, it is the remarkable resilience and adaptability of its upper class or classes.

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