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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.
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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