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The rise and fall of the British Empire

Author: Lawrence James
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Covers the history of the British Empire from 1600 to the present day, and its transition from ruler of half the world to its current status of isolated, economically fragile island.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence James
ISBN: 031216985X 9780312169855
OCLC Number: 36006564
Notes: Originally published: London : Little, Brown, ©1994.
Description: xvi, 704 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. Excellent opportunities : 1600-89 --
1. My new-found-land : North America --
2. Baubles for the souls of men : the West and East Indies --
3. The necessary union of plantations : crown and colonies --
4. Dispositions of providence : the colonists --
pt. 2. Persist and conquer : 1689-1815 --
1. Rule of the main : The making of British seapower, 1689-1748 --
2. 'Tis to glory we steer : gains and losses, 1749-83 --
3. The Empire of America : settlement and war, 1689-1775 --
4. The descendants of Britons : North America rebels, 1765-75 --
5. The world turned upside down : the American War of Independence, 1775-83 --
6. The terror of our arms : conquest and trade in India, 1689-1815 --
7. The desert of waters : the Pacific and Australasia --
8. Wealth and victory : the struggle against France, 1793-1815 --
pt. 3. Wider still and wider, 1815-1914 --
1. Power and greatness : commerce, seapower and strategy, 1815-70 --
2. We are going as civilisers : empire and public opinion, 1815-80 --
3. The mission of our race : Britain and the 'new imperialism', 1880-1902 --
4. The miracle of the world : India, 1815-1905 --
5. They little know our strength : the Far East and the Pacific --
6. A great english-speaking country : South Africa --
7. That heroic soul : the struggle for the Nile --
8. The greatest blessing that Africa has known : East and West Africa --
9. Ye Sons of the Southern Cross : the white dominions --
10. Be brave, be bold, do right! : the Edwardian Empire and the people --
11. To join the khaki line : the empire and the coming of war Pt. 4. The age of imperialism is ended : 1914-45 --
1. E is for Empire for which we would die : 1914-18 --
2. Clear out or govern : troubles, mainly Irish, 1919-39 --
3. Their country's dignity : Egypt 1919-42 --
4. The haughty governess : the Middle East, 1919-42 --
5. A new force and new power : India, 1919-42 --
6. For the benefit of everyone : concepts of empire, 1919-39 --
7. The bond of one spirit : the public face of empire, 1919-39 --
8. No good blustering : the limits of imperial power, 1919-36 --
9. We shall come to no good : the empire goes to war, 1937-9 --
10. Finest hour : the empire at war, 1939-41 --
11. Steadfast comrades : the stresses of war --
12. The defence of archaic privilege : the empire restored, 1942-5 --
pt. 5. The setting sun, 1945-93 --
1. The colonialists are on the rampage : the empire in the post-war world --
2. Friendly relations : India and the liquidation of empire, 1945-7 --
3. The world as it is : Middle Eastern misadventures, 1945-56 --
4. Kick their backsides : the Suez War and beyond --
5. The old red, white and blue : reactions to a dying empire --
6. Uhuru : tying up loose ends, 1959-80 --
7. Unfinished business.
Responsibility: Lawrence James.

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Covers the history of the British Empire from 1600 to the present day, and its transition from ruler of half the world to its current status of isolated, economically fragile island.

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