The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

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Baker & Taylor
A history of the British Empire spanning the years from 1600 to the present day, tracing the course of Britain's rise to a maritime superpower, its colonial heritage, and its gradual demise in this century

Book News
A sweeping survey of England's imperial experience from 1600 to the present, with attention given to the greed and arrogance of the Empire and its achievements. Illustrated with fine b&w photographs. First published in Great Britain in 1994 by Little, Brown and Company. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Great Britain's geopolitical role in the global scheme of things has undergone many radical changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain's current position as an isolated, economically fragile island squabbling with her European neighbors often seems difficult to accept, if not comprehend. Although still afforded nominal status through membership of groups such as G7 and the retention of a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, the simple truth is that Britain has been resting on her laurels since 1945, if not before.
The British Empire is both cause and effect of this spectacular transformation. At first an exercise in straightforward profit-making, foreign exploration and colonization by British settlers, traders, and entrepreneurs soon gave rise to serious moral misgivings about the exploitation of native peoples and resources. But the riches to be gained from empire-building were always a powerful argument in its favor, although changes in the domestic social and political climate made benevolent imperialism a more desired objective. The lure of profit was tempered by an urge to uplift and civilize.
Those responsible for the glories of empire were also driven by questionable motives. Personal fame and fortune formed an inevitable and attractive by-product of the conquest of new territories, and many empire-builders felt an unimpeachable sense of destiny. The achievements, however, cannot be denied, and during its heyday the British Empire was the envy of the world. Revisionist historians make much of the stunted potential of the former colonies, but as always, the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes.

Baker
& Taylor

A thoroughly researched, comprehensive history of the British Empire spans the years from 1600 to the present day, tracing the course of Britain's rise to a maritime superpower, its colonial heritage, and its gradual demise in this century.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312140397
0312140398
Characteristics: xvi, 704 p. : ill ; 24 cm

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