Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

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Author: Ferguson, Niall

Edition: 1st Edition

Number Of Pages: 416

Release Date: 09-01-2003

Details: Product Description This hugely praised and bestselling book is Ferguson's most revolutionary and popular work. EMPIRE is a major reinterpretation of the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernising forces. Highly praised:'Marvellous' - Sunday Times'Elegant and thoughtful' - Sunday Telegraph'Excellent' - FT Weeekend Amazon Review Niall Ferguson's compelling tour de force, Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World is published to coincide with a Channel 4 TV series. Ferguson, author of The Pity of War and The Cash Nexus, does not so much provide a synoptic survey of the British empire since the 17th century, as an arresting argument about why it arose, and how it fell. Ferguson's emphasis throughout is on the pursuit of economic profit and military might. Piracy overseas and a taste for sugar and spice at home, combined with an unerring ability to vanquish rival European powers such as the Dutch and French in the dash for stash and status across the globe. But Ferguson is also alive to the peculiarities of British dominion: the manly and Christian civil service--less than a thousand strong--who ruled India, missionaries such as Livingstone, who explored and mapped as they preached and the barons of empire--Rhodes, Curzon, and Kitchener--who found in empire an outlet for their homoeroticism. The book is brilliant and persuasive on trade and buccaneering before 1750, on India, on the late Victorian imperial mentalité, and on the two world wars, but less convincing on the empire of white settlement, and strangely silent on the most difficult colony of all, Ireland. In the end, Ferguson's penchant for polemic gets the upper-hand--the book closes with a controversial balance-sheet of the gains and losses of the British imperial experience--but he provides a riveting read nonetheless. --Miles Taylor Review Ferguson is the most brilliant British historian of his generation ... he writes with splendid panache...the Errol Flynn of British historians -- The Times, January 8, 2003 This is an elegant and thoughtful survey of a great historic achievement -- Sunday Telegraph, January 5, 2003 an excellent guide to ... the imperial experience... an impressive synthesis, it is also a perceptive and original work ... this marvellous book -- The FT Weekend, January 4, 2003 Synopsis The British Empire was the biggest empire in all history. At its peak it governed a quarter of the world's land and people and dominated all its seas. Though little now remains of the Empire as a political power, its legacy is all around us. It laid the foundation for the global triumph of capitalism. It gave the world its common language, English. It exported both Protestantism and parliaments. And it defeated a succession of rival empires from the Habsburgs' to Hitler's. In the 21st century another English-speaking superpower seems to bestride the globe. But today's American empire was yesterday's British colony. For better and for worse, the world we now know is in large measure the product of Britain's Age of Empire. How did a rainy island in the North Atlantic manage to achieve all this? What were the special factors that enabled Britain to make the modern world - and made the modern world so British? These are the crucial questions addressed by Niall Ferguson in "Empire". This was the first age of globalization. But it was, says Ferguson, globalization with gunboats. This text shows how the British wrested power from their rivals by a combination of imitation and intimidation. It shows how mass migration from Britain turned the American and Australian continents white - and how the missionary movement sought to enlighten the "dark" continents of Africa and Asia. Above all, "Empire" explains how the British Empire rose - and why it finally fell. Ferguson's answers are controversial but compelling. About the Author Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Ha

EAN: 9780713996159

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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