Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

byNiall Ferguson

Kobo ebook | October 25, 2012

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Niall Ferguson's acclaimed bestseller on the highs and lows of Britain's empire

Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red and Britannia ruled not just the waves, but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries, showing how a gang of buccaneers and gold-diggers planted the seed of the biggest empire in all history - and set the world on the road to modernity.

'The most brilliant British historian of his generation ... Ferguson examines the roles of "pirates, planters, missionaries, mandarins, bankers and bankrupts" in the creation of history's largest empire ... he writes with splendid panache ... and a seemingly effortless, debonair wit' Andrew Roberts

'Dazzling ... wonderfully readable' New York Review of Books

'A remarkably readable précis of the whole British imperial story - triumphs, deceits, decencies, kindnesses, cruelties and all' Jan Morris

'Empire is a pleasure to read and brims with insights and intelligence' Sunday Times

Title:Empire: How Britain Made the Modern WorldFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 25, 2012Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241958512

ISBN - 13:9780241958513

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Written Well written, but by no means a comprehensive history of the British Empire. Tends to overlook cultural and social issues regarding the Empire, and rather looks at the economic history. Still, a good book to pick up if you're interested in the subject.
Date published: 2017-10-29