Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power

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Basic Books, Mar 17, 2008 - History - 384 pages
A bestselling historian shows how the British Empire created the modern world, in a book lauded as "a rattling good tale" (Wall Street Journal) and "popular history at its best" (Washington Post)
The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to global domination ever achieved. The world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's Age of Empire. The global spread of capitalism, telecommunications, the English language, and institutions of representative government -- 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, Empire shows how the British Empire acted as midwife to modernity.
Displaying the originality and rigor that have made Niall Ferguson one of the world's foremost historians, Empire is a dazzling tour de force -- a remarkable reappraisal of the prizes and pitfalls of global empire.
 

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The British empire didn't exactly disappear, writes superstar scholar Ferguson (Economics/NYU; The Cash Nexus, 2001, etc.), it just moved its capital westward to Washington and Manhattan."The ... Read full review

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First published in England last year (with the shorter subtitle How Britain Made the Modern World), this is intended as a cautionary tale for the United States. In this sweeping narrative, British ... Read full review

Contents

The American Revolution
18
Australia
29
Ireland
40
Canada
50
The Repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846
58
The Great Indian Uprising of 185758
66
The Jamaica Rebellion of 1865
82
The Opening of the Suez Canal in 1869
92
The 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland
242
The Amritsar Massacre of 1919
258
The 1924 British Empire Wembley Exhibition
273
The Balfour Definition of Dominion Status 1926
287
The Fall of Singapore February 1942
310
The Partition of India 1947
323
The Trial of Jomo Kenyatta 1953
346
The Suez Crisis of 1956
359

The Battle of Majuba Hill 1881
104
Cecil Rhodes Legacy
117
Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee 1897
130
The Battle of Spion Kop 1900
154
The Suicide of Sir Hector MacDonald 1903
171
Joseph Chamberlain and the Cabinet Split of 1903
187
Scouting for Boys 1908
201
The Imperial Conference of 1911
214
Rhodesias Unilateral Declaration of Independence
372
The Declaration of Commonwealth Principles
387
The Falklands War 1982
402
CHRONOLOGY I765I996
433
NOTES
469
INDEX
503
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Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians and author of numerous books, including The Square and the Tower, The Ascent of Money, and Civilization. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

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