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British Empire and Commonwealth - 96 edition

British Empire and Commonwealth (ISBN10: 0312163940; ISBN13: 9780312163945)
ISBN13: 978-0312163945
ISBN10: 0312163940

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0312163938
ISBN10: 0312163932

Summary: ''From its modest beginnings as marginal scraps of territory in America and the Caribbean to its recent disappearance, the British Empire was an extraordinary and paradoxical entity. North America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Australasia and innumerable small islands and territories have been fundamentally shaped - economically, socially and politically - by a nation whose imperial drive came from a bewildering mixture of rapacity and moral zeal, of high-mindedness and vicio
usness, of strategic cunning and feckless neglect. The relative indifference and ease with which Britain finally divested itself of Empire in the 1950s, when compared to the ferocity and enterprise shown in its acquisition over the previous four centuries, suggests a quite baffling sea-change in the British psyche.'' ''Martin Kitchen has written a fascinating, crisp, informative account of the rise and fall of the British Empire, concentrating on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but giving the background of the 'First British Empire', which was lost with the creation of the United States of America. His book is of particular value in relating the importance of the Empire to Britain's success both as the only genuine world power in the Victorian era and as a victor in the two great wars of the twentieth century.''--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Summary: ''From its modest beginnings as marginal scraps of territory in America and the Caribbean to its recent disappearance, the British Empire was an extraordinary and paradoxical entity. North America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Australasia and innumerable small islands and territories have been fundamentally shaped - economically, socially and politically - by a nation whose imperial drive came from a bewildering mixture of rapacity and moral zeal, of high-mindedness and viciousness, of strategic cunning and feckless neglect. The relative indifference and ease with which Britain finally divested itself of Empire in the 1950s, when compared to the ferocity and enterprise shown in its acquisition over the previous four centuries, suggests a quite baffling sea-change in the British psyche.'' ''Martin Kitchen has written a fascinating, crisp, informative account of the rise and fall of the British Empire, concentrating on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but giving the background of the 'First British Empire', which was lost with the creation of the United States of America. His book is of particular value in relating the importance of the Empire to Britain's success both as the only genuine world power in the Victorian era and as a victor in the two great wars of the twentieth century.''--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 96
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Publisher: St. Martins Press, Inc.
Year Published: 1996
International: No



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