Empire : how Britain made the modern world / Niall Ferguson.
- London : Penguin 2004
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-405) and index.
- Why Britain? -- White plague -- The mission -- Heaven's breed -- Maxim force -- Empire for sale.
- 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 precis 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"). Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of "Civilization", "The House of Rothschild", "The Cash Nexus", "The Pity of War", "Colossus", "The War of the World" and "The Ascent of Money".
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