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

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By (author) Niall Ferguson

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 28mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465023290
  • ISBN 13: 9780465023295
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 104,593

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"A splendid history...If Americans want to be convinced of the benefits of empire, as well as apprised of its costs, they need merely pick up Ferguson's dazzling book."- . The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to world domination ever achieved. By the eve of World War II, around a quarter of the world's land surface was under some form of British rule. Yet for today's generation, the British Empire seems a Victorian irrelevance. The time is ripe for a reappraisal, and in , Niall Ferguson boldly recasts the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernizing forces.An important new work of synthesis and revision, argues that the world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's Age of Empire. The spread of capitalism, the communications revolution, the notion of humanitarianism, and the institutions of parliamentary democracy-all these can be traced back to the extraordinary expansion of Britain's economy, population, and culture from the seventeenth century until the mid-twentieth. On a vast and vividly colored canvas, shows how the British Empire acted as midwife to modernity.Displaying the originality and rigor that have made

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Niall Ferguson is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford. He is the author of "Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschilds," and "The Pity of War" ). He writes regularly for the "Times Literary Supplement," and lives in Oxford.

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"A splendid history.... If Americans want to be convinced of the benefits of empire, as well as apprised of its costs, they need merely pick up Ferguson's dazzling book."