The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 15, 1997 - History - 720 pages
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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.

In The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, Lawrence James has written a comprehensive, perceptive, and insightful 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.

“This is a stylish, intelligent and readable book.” —The New York Times Book Review

 

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Excellently written proving that history books don't have to be written in a dull and boring fashion. The facts and history are beautifully written and the in a delightful and easy manner that doesn't leave the reader feeling tired or overpowered by history or fancy wording Read full review

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Quite well written. This comprehensive survey of the makings, runnings, and collapsings of the British Empire provides excellent perspective. Writing about anything as large and sweeping as the ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Lawrence James studied History and English at York University and subsequently undertook a research degree at Merton College, Oxford. Following a career as a teacher, he became a full-time writer in 1985, and is the author of The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, Imperial Warrior: The Life and Times of Field Marshal Viscount Allenby, and the acclaimed Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India. He lives in St. Andrews, Scotland with his wife who is the headmistress of St. Leonard's School, and his two sons.

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