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Rise And Fall Of The British Empire
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on 5 April 2017
This excellent and very accessible book provided the story, insight, depth of analysis and objective overview of the British Empire I was looking for. Lawrence James covers huge ground both historically and in terms of global reach (so it's not just about the Boston tea party, the Raj and the scramble for Africa) but a very comprehensive look at all aspects of the BE story. What I really liked about this was the objectivity throughout. He doesn't stray away from the social and psychological impact of the BE - for example it's impact in terms of race and class. What comes across is a clear sense of the way history has impacted world relations and the book is particularly resonant now given the whole issue of Brexit and a more nationalist leaning world. Definitely recommended reading
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This history by Lawrence James is the most pro history you will find today. Where the current zeitgeist has the guilt guns pointed at the British Empire, Lawrence James has no mental guns at all, so he is very objective.

Even the sociology of the English people is fascinating and when the keen reader realizes that the mentality of those people were more Republican Roman than the fallen we find walking the streets of Great Britain, or Team GB today, then this book is the last evidence of a vanished world.

It is a shame the author is a plain writer and that the pop historians will gain the limelight, but the meat of this book is of real quality.

Of course James is an artful dodger at times but you have to be.
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on 18 February 2018
Congratulations to Lawrence James on this extensive work, it is clearly excellently researched, and James's intellect certainly shines throughout the book. However, I found the book pretty hard to understand and relatively boring at times. The book simply isn't accessible to the average man or woman on the street, and this is a shame. But James clearly knows his subject very well, it's just a shame that be can't communicate his enthusiasm for the subject in a more comprehensive way. But then again, maybe I'm just dumb.
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on 20 April 2018
A vast subject, which is hard to cover in a single volume, so in that respect the deal has been done. If you need a comprehensive summary of the British Empire, than this volume is a good as any, and will fill most of the gaps. You must, however, be prepared to turn a blind eye to obviously xenophobic comments regarding our European cousins (rather similar to reading weak articles from the Daily Telegraph) as, let's face it, there is no reason to believe that the British were really any better, more altruistic, or more honorable than any other when it came to empire-building.
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on 3 November 2017
An engrossing account encompassing a wide ranging chronology, geography, political and social history of the empire. Written with verve and pace. Highly recommended.
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on 12 August 2017
you will not like what you hear about the British in this book
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on 11 July 2016
It is a fantastic book. First I thought that the book is fool of lies, and only a computer could write such a book. It is surpricing how this
man (JAMES) has such a thorough information about everything. KHOSROW
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on 20 March 2018
Came quickly and in very good condition. an excellent and detailed read.
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on 18 March 2016
Fantastic book arrived promptly. Haven't seen it put down since i gave it as a present!
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on 26 November 2016
Happy with product
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