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The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 (Vintage)

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After the American Revolution, the British Empire appeared to be doomed. Yet it grew to become the greatest, most diverse empire the world had seen. Then, within a generation, the mighty structure collapsed, a rapid demise that left an array of dependencies and a contested legacy: at best a sporting spirit, a legal code and a near-universal language; at worst, failed states and internecine strife. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire covers a vast canvas, which Brendon fills with vivid particulars, from brief lives to telling anecdotes to comic episodes to symbolic moments.

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A comprehensive, scholarly, and fascinating study of the end of the British Empire, this work--full of vivid particulars, brief lives, telling anecdotes, comic episodes, symbolic moments and illustrative vignettes--evokes remote places as well as distant times.

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brazilvideo, September 17, 2011 (view all comments by brazilvideo)
For a person of priveledge,the one-time Keeper of the Churchill Archives,the author should show more respect.In order to pander to politically correct opinion he characterises the British Empire as some drunken racist louts in search of the better chance.This is how he handles Richard Burton,not the actor,the real Burton,the explorer and linguist:"richard Burton,who discovered Lake Tanganyika (with Speke ) in 1858 had even less faith in European efforts to better the lot of Africans." Burton learned the tribal languages,ate their food,made real friens and mortal enemies,and survived the worst that 19th C Africa could throw at him.The author would not have survived any of this.Burton had a spear thrown at him that traversed his face.
He argues that the BBC promoted Imperialism:"With epics such as the Bengal Lancers" Was actually my favorite show on TV.THe BBC filled the nations homes with military parades...giving weight to the Imperial message,intimating that the accent of the EStablishment was the voice of objectivity."
Well! talk about biting the hand...PBS 70 years later still borrows much of its cultural programming from BBC,all narrated with an Establishment accent,is PBS promoting British Imperialism?
The saving grace is the section on India,which is scholarly,original,and sometimes funny.
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ISBN:
9780307388414
Author:
Brendon, Piers
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
World - Post-Colonial Studies
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Great Britain Civilization 20th century.
Subject:
Great Britain Civilization 19th century.
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
history;british empire;british history;england;non-fiction;british;imperialism;britain;empire;19th century;20th century
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 PP. BandW/2 MAPS
Pages:
848
Dimensions:
7.96x5.34x1.67 in. 1.68 lbs.

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