Empire : how Britain made the modern world / Niall Ferguson.

Published
  • London : Penguin 2004
Physical description
xxviii,422p,[16]p of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
  • 0141007540
  • 9780141007540
Notes
  • TV tie-in.
  • Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2003.
  • Includes bibliographical references.
Genre
  • Illustrated
Language
  • English

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Empire : how Britain made the modern world / Niall Ferguson.

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Published
  • London : Penguin 2004
Physical description
1 online resource (xxviii, 422 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations. (some colour), facsimiles (some colour), maps, portraits (some colour)
ISBN
  • 9780241958513 (e-book)
Notes
  • TV tie-in.
  • Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2003.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-405) and index.
  • Other format: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780141007540
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
  • text
Language
  • English
  • Niall Ferguson recreates the excitement, brutality and adventure of the British Empire, showing on a vast canvas how the British Empire in the 19th century spearheaded real globalization with steampower, telegraphs, guns, engineers, missionaries and millions of settlers. ; 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 prcis 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

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