The Rise and Fall of British Empire eBook Ü The Rise

The Rise and Fall of British Empire eBook Ü The Rise

The Rise and Fall of British Empire [Epub] ➟ The Rise and Fall of British Empire By Lawrence James – 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 economi Great Britain's and Fall ePUB ↠ geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries Once a maritime superpower and ruler of The Rise Epub / half the world Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically fragile island often at odds with her European neighbors Rise and Fall PDF Ë Lawrence James has written a comprehensive perceptive and insighful history of the British Empire Spanning the years from to the Rise and Fall of British PDF/EPUB ² present day this critically acclaimed book combines detailed scholarship with readable popular history.

10 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of British Empire

  1. KOMET KOMET says:

    In writing this critiue I must advise any prospective reader to brace himherself for a long stretch for this is a weighty and comprehensive book about one of the most extraordinary empires that ever existed In the case of the British Empire it did not come into being as part of a deliberate plan from one nation to dominate a large corner of the globe The Empire's origins are to be found in Elizabethan England in which a poor nation barely recovered from a prolonged period of internal dissention and external threats from Imperial Spain began to reach out to both the Americas and India to establish trade and markets Eventually over time as England grew and prospered and gave rise to Great Britain the trade concessions in India and the growth of its land holdings in the Americas and the West Indies in the 17th 18th centuries would act as springboards notwithstanding the occasional setbacks such as the loss of the American colonies in 1783 to an extensive network of colonies and protectorates that straddled the globe by the 1930s This book also provides revealing analyses as to why the Empire declined and fell as Britain herself after 1945 could no longer afford to be a major player on the world stage This is a book only for the serious student of history I highly recommend it

  2. Maureen Maureen says:

    once into this book it becomes impossible to sustain; the author is hell bent to present british imperialism as a different from the bad imperialism of others and b provided a noble service of preparing hapless fools for self government Britain was no tyrant but a good parent noblesse oblige oozes from these pages; they provide a gloss thick as butter on even the opium trade it was impossible to finish this spin piece for it made me gag There are few errors of comision but the errors of omission are rampant Best read for what it tells about the self complacency of the imperial mindset how easily the average human can gloss over any even every pecadilloshamegross misconduct in this respect very revealing and disturbing

  3. Tariq Mahmood Tariq Mahmood says:

    In this comprehensive book on the start and end of the great British Empire Lawrence has managed to capture the cultural moral economic and political changes in Britain and their Empire The rise is explained well but the fall felt a bit rushed Maybe because of my background is from a former colony while the author hails from the mother ship? The Empire was built on sea power and was lost when Americans and the Russians used their superior Air and conventional forces might to elbow their way to the top It would have been extremely interesting to have a chapter to compare the British Empire with the other European Empires like the fate of French and the Portugese Also he could have analysed the cultural effect of the empire on the psyche of the British public in a bit detailWhat I never knew before was the extent of American propoganda against the colonising European powers which makes perfect sense as they wanted to replace these ex powers as well as fight off the Russians for the top slot The British have since their loss against the Egyptians nicely found a niche as American advisors and yes men Not only the British but the French are trying to fight the British for the top poodle position This book has really made me understand the current political situation

  4. SA SA says:

    This book is truly epic in nature Lengthy it guides the reader through the entirety of the British empire The focus is primarily around the governmentbusiness sector with the social attitudes of British citizens and colonists also getting sufficient treatment worth noting that what is rarely discussed are royal ongoingsJames is splendid on many levels The research is both thorough and detailed The social history is beautifully intertwined with the history The book is broken down first on a chronological level then into geography making such an expansive amount of information fit neatly into compartmentalized sections As far as I can tell it is a very objective account of the British empire This perspective was good for me as my study of WWI WWII had a definitively Ameri centric flavor In many respects I feel like I have a much better global perspective now that I have digested this history particularly in Africa the middle east and south Asia And James' telling of the tale is than adeuate His writing style is very atpical of traditional non fiction The vocabulary is wide and does well to express the granular detail intertwined in Britain's historyOne point to make this work is not exactly an easy read it's not difficult but the language combined with the length make it a chore at times in chapters where I had a great interest I moved swiftly other chapters not so much It is definitely not a work of non fiction such as those by McCullough or Larsen that read like a novel All this said it was clearly not the author's intent to turn history into a true novel It is what it is an excellent thorough and detailed treatment of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

  5. Jim Graham Jim Graham says:

    As a former Brit army officer I picked this up expecting a right royal late 20th century revisionist empire bashing I was wrong I found this book to offer excellent insight into the condition of empire and despite a reasonable understanding of Britain's exploits overseas James' book provided me with a context I hadn't found elsewhere Thoroughly enjoyable A time well described

  6. Matt Matt says:

    The largest empire in history ended less than a century ago yet the legacy of how it rose and how it fell will impact the world for longer than it existed Lawrence James’ chronicles the 400 year long history of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire from its begins on the eastern seaboard of North American spanning a uarter of the world to the collection of tiny outposts scattered across the globeNeither a simple nor a comprehensive history James looks at the British Empire in the vain of economic martial political and cultural elements not only in Britain but in the colonies as well Beginning with the various settlements on the eastern seaboard of North America James describes the various colonies and latter colonial administrators that made their way from Britain to locations around the globe which would have an impact on attitudes of the Empire over the centuries The role of economics in not only the growth the empire but also the Royal Navy that uickly became interdependent and along with the growth of the Empire’s size the same with the nation’s prestige The lessons of the American War of Independence not only in terms of military fragility but also politically influenced how Britain developed the “white” dominions over the coming centuries And the effect of the liberal moralistic bent of the Empire to paternally watch over “lesser” peoples and teach them clashing with the bombast of the late 19th Century rush of imperialism in the last century of the Empire’s exists and its effects both at home and abroadComposing an overview of 400 years of history than spans across the globe and noting the effects on not only Britain but the territories it once controlled was no easy task especially in roughly 630 pages of text James attempted to balance the “positive” and “negative” historiography of the Empire while also adding to it The contrast between upper and upper middle class Britons thinking of the Empire with that of the working class Britons and colonial subjects was one of the most interesting narratives that James brought to the book especially in the twilight years of the Empire Although it is hard to fault James given the vast swath of history he tackled there were some mythical history elements in his relating of the American War of Independence that makes the critical reader take pause on if the related histories of India South Africa Egypt and others do not contain similar historical myths The Rise and Fall of the British Empire is neither a multi volume comprehensive history nor a simple history that deals with popular myths of history it is an overview of how an island nation came to govern over a uarter of the globe through cultural economic martial and political developments Lawrence James’s book is readable to both general and critical history readers and highly recommended

  7. Chase Parsley Chase Parsley says:

    This is an excellent book about the British Empire ie its colonies global struggles etc that any world history teacher or history buff ought to read As an American I really appreciated the British perspectiveThe book covers a lot of ground since it begins in 1600 and ends in the 1990s Some of the parts I liked best included the many wars with rival France from the late 1600s to the early 1800s how British colonizers saw themselves as the good guys who spread civilization commerce and law to natives across the world this is of course in contrast to US classroom example of a tyrannical Britain that led the US to Revolution in the 1770s the bitter debate within GB about what sort of Empire it should be ie whether the Empire should work alongside the natives or instead be leadersbosses of the natives how Ireland and then Egypt threw off the British yoke between WWI and WWII and the jingoism and racism of the early 1900sAll in all this is a wonderful history lesson that shed much light and I highly recommend it to any history fans out there

  8. Stephanie Carr Stephanie Carr says:

    That was good Easy to read Easy to follow And for anytime I couldn't find a map in the book it wasn't too hard to go to google I learned so much from reading this Stuff I'd never learned in school I don't think I learned must of anything about the British Empire in school honestly except for as it concerned America One thing I appreciate is now I actually understand of the whole history that led African states to where they are and the same with the Middle East And agh I had no idea Pakistan was part of India once like no one ever told me that lolSpeaking of India Wow So much for me to learn there I like how there's a lot of care taken when discussing how Britain wanted to eventually grant independence to its colonies under a time table in which considerations were made for how long it would take to get them used to democracy or bring them into the Commonwealth and some places had so much trouble with that transition than others Like goodness the whole PakistanIndia divide and the religious fighting that occurred because where do you even draw the borders? Not to mention problems with black and white racial issues in the places in Central and South Africa And the Suez War with Egypt I justreally understand the history behind all of these places that I was never taught Somethings you really do just have to get out and read yourself I might be picking up British history books in the future Cause whoa like there's SO MUCH to explore there And so much out there to pick up as opposed to finding Japanese history books I can read in English hah

  9. Ian Ian says:

    A definitive single volume history which through the extent of the British Empire and everyone else's reaction to it pretty clearly delineates why the global map looks the way it does today Starting with the colonisation of America and finishing with African independent nationhood James does a fine job of explaining the economic imperatives that forged the empire the high minded contemporary moral justification for its existence and the global realpolitik that forced its dissolution I felt James to be broadly sympathetic to empire without excusing the rapacious greed of some of its supposed heroes or the violence and inhumanity perpetrated in its name He makes the valid point about how generally civilised the retreat from empire was contrasting with the French exit from Algeria and the Belgians from the Congo For all the hand wringing guilt about exploitation in the name of the Empire it ought to be remembered that this was a time of empire building and if the British had not planted their flag on distant territories some other ambitious nation would and who can say if they would have behaved in a way acceptable to our 21st century sensibilities Whatever your standpoint the story of how a tiny island became the most important country in the world is a compelling one

  10. S.P. S.P. says:

    Covering the period between the first ueen Elizabeth and the second Lawrence follows the establishment of the British Empire from a few trading outposts and reaction to Catholic Spain through its glory days as master of the seas to its eventual demise through the 20th Century and two very costly world wars In the end the Empire faded away as its people both at home and in the colonies and dominions found other priorities and the cost financially and politically of maintaining the Empire became too much The Rise and Fall of the British Empire is a great read lots of information there which is simply not taught in British schools any through misguided sensitivities IMO I admit I may be biased but despite the errors and mistakes made much good came out of the Empire I think Lawrence agrees and although he never pulls his punches with regard to the dubious exploits of some of the Empires subjects he is at heart what the Americans would term ‘a patriot’May the Empires legacy long continue

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