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Revolutionary Empire: Rise of the English-speaking Empire from the Fifteenth Century to the 1780's Paperback – 3 Sep 1998

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  • Paperback: 559 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New edition edition (3 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712666877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712666879
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,457,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Revolutionary Empire is the most ambitous and original attempt for years to tell the story of the early phases of first English, then British expansion in these islands and throughout the world.

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This is perhaps the best book on history I have ever read. In the 15th Century the wealth of the world was in India, China and the Spice Islands. The peoples of Europe were poor, sick, and uneducated. So how did we end the tale controlling a large chunk of the Globe? And how did Britain become the most powerful nation on Earth?

Important questions. They are addressed with a focus on fact rather than a preconceived narrative. Calder does well to `follow the money' and show the evidence though which he sorts reality from (often familiar) fiction.

This leads to the only weakness of the book - the detail slows the pace, making the result hard work in places. Still, the effort brings many a reward.
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