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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction 1 The World Turned Upside Down The American Revolution and the Slave Trade 2 An English Barrack in the Oriental Seas Britannia's Indian Empire 3 Exempt from the Disaster of Caste Australia, Canada and New Zealand 4 To Stop is Dangerous, to Recede, Ruin The Far East and Afghanistan 5 Sacred Wrath Irish Famine and Indian Mutiny 6 Spread the Peaceful Gospel with the Maxim Gun Towards Conquest in Africa 7 A Magnificent Empire under the British Flag Cape to Cairo 8 Barbarians Thundering at the Frontiers The Boer War and the Indian Raj 9 The Empire, Right or Wrong Flanders, Iraq, Gallipoli and Vimy Ridge 10 Aflame with the Hope of Liberation Ireland and the Middle East 11 Englishmen Like Posing as Gods West and East 12 White Mates Black in a Very Few Moves Kenya and the Sudan 13 Spinning the Destiny of India The Route to Independence 14 That Is the End of the British Empire Singapore and Burma 15 The Aim of Labour is to Save the Empire Ceylon and Malaya 16 A Golden Bowl Full of Scorpions The Holy Land 17 The Destruction of National Will Suez Invasion and Aden Evacuation 18 Renascent Africa The Gold Coast and Nigeria 19Uhuru Freedom Kenya and the Mau Mau 20 Kith and Kin Rhodesia and the Central African Federation 21 Rocks and Islands The West Indies and Cyprus 22 All Our Pomp of Yesterday The Falklands and Hong Kong Abbreviations Notes Sources Index. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: A magisterial work of narrative history, hailed in Britain as “the best one-volume account of the British Empire” and “an outstanding book” (The Times Literary Supplement).

After the American Revolution, the British Empire appeared to be doomed. 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. Britannia ruled the waves and a quarter of the earth.

Yet it was also a fundamentally weak empire, as Piers Brendon shows in this vivid and sweeping chronicle. Run from a tiny island base, the British Empire operated on a shoestring with the help of local elites. It enshrined a belief in freedom that would fatally undermine its authority. Spread too thin, and facing wars, economic crises, and domestic discord, the empire would vanish almost as quickly as it appeared.

Within a generation, the mighty structure collapsed, sometimes amid bloodshed. This rapid demise left unfinished business in Rhodesia, the Falklands, and Hong Kong. It left an array of dependencies and a ghost of an empire overshadowed by a rising America. Above all, it left a contested legacy: at best, a sporting spirit, a legal code, and a near-universal language; at worst, failed states and internecine strife.

Brendon tells this story with brio and brilliance; covering a vast canvas, he fills it with vivid firsthand accounts of life in the colonies and intimate portraits of the sometimes eccentric British officials who administered them. It is all here—from brief lives to telling anecdotes to comic episodes to symbolic moments. Panoramic in scope and riveting in detail, this is narrative history at its finest.

About the Author: Piers Brendon is the author of The Dark Valley, among other histories and biographies. He is the former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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