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Illus Rise And Fall Of The British Empire - Lawrence James

Illus Rise And Fall Of The British Empire

Paperback Published: 21st November 1995
ISBN: 9780349106670
Number Of Pages: 736

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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

Industry 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 clich?.']

IRISH TIMES ['With dispassion and erudition James restores it to us mixing a pacy, lucid narrative with enlivening detail taken from political, cultural and populi]

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]

ISBN: 9780349106670
ISBN-10: 0349106673
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 736
Published: 21st November 1995
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 4.8
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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