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Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850
Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850
by Linda Colley
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In this path-breaking book Linda Colley reappraises the rise of the biggest empire in global history. Excavating the lives of some of the multitudes of Britons held captive in the lands their own rulers sought to conquer, Colley also offers an intimate... (read more)

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Queen Victoria's Little Wars
Queen Victoria's Little Wars
by Byron Farwell
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From 1837 to 1901, in Asia, China, Canada, Africa, and elsewhere, military expedition were constantly being undertaken to protect resident Britons or British interests, to extend a frontier, to repel an attack, avenge an insult, or suppress a mutiny or... (read more)

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The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857
by William Dalrymple
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On a hazy November afternoon in Rangoon, 1862, a shrouded corpse was escorted by a small group of British soldiers to an anonymous grave in a prison enclosure. As the British Commissioner in charge insisted, “No vestige will remain to distinguish... (read more)

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Crisis of Empire: Britain and America in the Eighteenth Century
Crisis of Empire: Britain and America in the Eighteenth Century
by Jeremy Black
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Britain and the USA have helped define much of world history in recent centuries, and the relationship between the two is crucial to this history. This book focuses on a key period in their relationship that moulded the character of the British Empire... (read more)

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Evil Empire: 101 Ways That Britain Ruined the World
Evil Empire: 101 Ways That Britain Ruined the World
by Steven A Grasse
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In The Evil Empire, Steven A. Grasse exposes the secret history of England’s global misdeeds. He asks what few have dared to ask: Having spent the better half of the millennium turning the world into their personal litter box, where do the English... (read more)

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The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 (Vintage)
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 (Vintage)
by William Dalrymple
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The Political Diaries of the Fourth Earl of Carnarvon, 1857-1890: Volume 35: Colonial Secretary and Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland (Camden Fifth)
The Political Diaries of the Fourth Earl of Carnarvon, 1857-1890: Volume 35: Colonial Secretary and Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland (Camden Fifth)
by Henry Howard Molyneu Carnarvon
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Henry Herbert Molyneux, fourth Earl of Carnarvon (1831 90), figured prominently in Conservative high politics during four decades of the second half of the nineteenth century, serving under three Prime Ministers in all the Conservative governments... (read more)

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Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power
Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power
by Niall Ferguson
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This grand narrative history of the world's first experiment in globalization offers lessons for an ever-expanding American Empire--from England's most talented young historian.... (read more)

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The Clarke Papers: Further Selections from the Papers of William Clarke (Camden Fifth)
The Clarke Papers: Further Selections from the Papers of William Clarke (Camden Fifth)
by William Clarke
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Fundamental primary source for students of the English Civil War and Interregnum.... (read more)

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Lord Chesterfield's Letters (Oxford World's Classics)
Lord Chesterfield's Letters (Oxford World's Classics)
by Lord Chesterfield
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Not originally intended for publication, the celebrated and controversial correspondences between Lord Chesterfield and his son Philip, dating from 1737, were praised in their day as a complete manual of education, and despised by Samuel Johnson for... (read more)

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Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783
Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783
by Brendan Simms
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In the eighteenth century, Britain became a world superpower through a series of sensational military strikes. Traditionally, the Royal Navy has been seen as Britains key weapon, but in Three Victories and a Defeat Brendan Simms argues that Britains true... (read more)

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Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India (Us)
Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India (Us)
by Lawrence James
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In less that one hundred years, the British made themselves the masters of India. They ruled for another hundred, leaving behind the independent nations of India and Pakistan when they finally withdrew in 1947. Both nations would owe much to the British... (read more)

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The Spicer Diaries
The Spicer Diaries
by Michael Spicer
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Lord Michael Spicer has enjoyed a varied and remarkable political career by anyone's standards. Now, in this revealing, insightful, and engaging book, Lord Spicer shares never-before-heard stories of his time in British politics. ... (read more)

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Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
by Kwasi Kwarteng
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Kwasi Kwarteng is the child of parents whose lives were shaped as subjects of the British Empire, first in their native Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a unique perspective and impeccable academic credentials to a narrative history of the... (read more)

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The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj
The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj
by David Gilmour
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“[A] lavishly enjoyable book.” —Tunku Varadarajan, The Wall Street Journal Between 1837 and 1901, fewer than one thousand Britons at any one time managed an empire of 300 million people spread over the vast area that now includes... (read more)

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White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
by William Dalrymple
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White Mughals is the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that crossed and transcended all the cultural, religious and political boundaries of its time. James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of the... (read more)

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Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India
Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India
by Lawrence James
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In less that one hundred years, the British made themselves the masters of India. They ruled for another hundred, leaving behind the independent nations of India and Pakistan when they finally withdrew in 1947. Both nations would owe much to the British... (read more)

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Shameful Flight: The Last Years of the British Empire in India
Shameful Flight: The Last Years of the British Empire in India
by Stanley Wolpert
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Ranging from the fall of Singapore in 1942 to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, this text provides a vivid behind-the-scenes look at Britain's decision to divest itself from the crown jewel of its empire. Wolpert, a leading authority on Indian... (read more)

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The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
by Lawrence James
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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... (read more)

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Decline and Fall of  British Empire (08 Edition)
Decline and Fall of British Empire (08 Edition)
by Piers Brendon
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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... (read more)

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