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The Resource The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997, Piers Brendon

The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997, Piers Brendon

Label
The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997
Title
The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997
Statement of responsibility
Piers Brendon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After the American Revolution, the British Empire appeared doomed. But over the next 150 years it grew to become the greatest and most diverse empire the world has ever seen--from Canada to Australia to China, India, and Egypt--seven times larger than the Roman Empire at its apogee. Yet it was also fundamentally weak, as Piers Brendon shows in this panoramic chronicle. Run from a tiny island base, it operated on a shoestring with the help of local elites. It enshrined a belief in freedom that would fatally undermine its authority. Spread too thin, and facing wars, economic crises, and domestic discord, the empire would vanish almost as quickly as it appeared. Within a generation, it collapsed, sometimes amid bloodshed, leaving unfinished business in Rhodesia, the Falklands, and Hong Kong. Above all, it left a contested legacy: at best, a sporting spirit, a legal code, and a near-universal language; at worst, failed states and internecine strife.--From publisher description
Summary
Chronicles Britain's rise to imperial might in the wake of the American Revolution, recording life in its diverse colonies and reflecting on the inherent weaknesses of the empire, its inevitable decline, and its legacy for the present
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
291514
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brendon, Piers
Dewey number
909.0971241
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DA16
LC item number
.B675 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Great Britain
  • Commonwealth countries
  • Commonwealth (Organization)
  • Imperialism
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
Label
The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997, Piers Brendon
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Maps on endpapers
  • "Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, London"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [665]-759) and index
Control code
ocn215177421
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxii, 786 p., [24] p. of plates
Isbn
9780307268297
Lccn
2008014192
Other physical details
ill., col. maps
System control number
(OCoLC)215177421
Label
The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997, Piers Brendon
Publication
Note
  • Maps on endpapers
  • "Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, London"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [665]-759) and index
Control code
ocn215177421
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxii, 786 p., [24] p. of plates
Isbn
9780307268297
Lccn
2008014192
Other physical details
ill., col. maps
System control number
(OCoLC)215177421

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