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

Author(s): Brendon, Piers
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Subjects: Imperialism--History
Great Britain--Colonies--History
Commonwealth countries--History
Great Britain--Civilization
Commonwealth (Organization)--History
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st American ed
Published: Alfred A. Knopf : New York, 2008, c2007
LC Classification: D, DA
Physical Description: xxii, 786 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., col. maps ; 25 cm
Table of Contents: List of Illustrations
1. The World Turned Upside Down: The American Revolution and the Slave Trade 3
2. An English Barrack in the Oriental Seas: Britannia's Indian Empire 32
3. Exempt from the Disaster of Caste: Australia, Canada and New Zealand 63
4. To Stop Is Dangerous, to Recede, Ruin: The Far East and Afghanistan 97
5. Sacred Wrath: Irish Famine and Indian Mutiny 119
6. Spread the Peaceful Gospel - with the Maxim Gun: Towards Conquest in Africa 141
7. A Magnificent Empire Under the British Flag: Cape to Cairo 184
8. Barbarians Thundering at the Frontiers: The Boer War and the Indian Raj 219
9. The Empire, Right or Wrong: Flanders, Iraq, Gallipoli and Vimy Ridge 254
10. Aflame with the Hope of Liberation: Ireland and the Middle East 294
11. Englishmen Like Posing as Gods: West and East 334
12. White Mates Black in a Very Few Moves: Kenya and the Sudan 356
13. Spinning the Destiny of India: The Route to Independence 379
14. That Is the End of the British Empire: Singapore and Burma 421
15. The Aim of Labour Is to Save the Empire: Ceylon and Malaya 444
16. A Golden Bowl Full of Scorpions: The Holy Land 466
17. The Destruction of National Will: Suez Invasion and Aden Evacuation 487
18. Renascent Africa: The Gold Coast and Nigeria 516
19. Uhuru - Freedom: Kenya and the Mau Mau 551
20. Kith and Kin: Rhodesia and the Central African Federation 575
21. Rocks and Islands: The West Indies and Cyprus 605
22. All Our Pomp of Yesterday: The Falklands and Hong Kong 633
Abbreviations 663
Notes 665
Sources 751
Index 761
Notes: LCCN: 2008014192
ISBN: 9780307268297
ISBN: 0307268292
Maps on endpapers
"Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, London"--T.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. [665]-759) and index
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
OCLC Number: 215177421
ISBN/ISSN: 9780307268297
0307268292