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Unfinished Empire : The Global Expansion of Britain
by John Darwin


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John Darwin's After Tamerlane , a sweeping six-hundred-year history of empires around the globe, marked him as a historian of "massive erudition" (the Guardian ) and narrative mastery. In Unfinished Empire , he marshals his gifts to deliver a monumental one-volume history of Britain's imperium--a work that is sure to stand as the most authoritative and compelling treatment of the subject for a generation.  Read more...


 
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John Darwin's After Tamerlane, a sweeping six-hundred-year history of empires around the globe, marked him as a historian of "massive erudition" (the Guardian) and narrative mastery. In Unfinished Empire, he marshals his gifts to deliver a monumental one-volume history of Britain's imperium--a work that is sure to stand as the most authoritative and compelling treatment of the subject for a generation. It was hailed as one of the 10 best books of 2013 by Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post.

Darwin's penetrating analysis offers a corrective to those who portray the empire as either naked exploitation or a grand "civilizing mission." Far from ever having a "master plan," the British Empire was controlled by a range of interests often at loggerheads with one another and was as much driven on by others' weaknesses as by its own strength.

Unfinished Empire is a remarkable, nuanced history of the most complex polity the world has ever known, and a serious attempt to describe the diverse, contradictory ways--military and cultural--in which empires really function.



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  • ISBN-13: 9781620400388
  • ISBN-10: 1620400383
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 478
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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Books > History > Europe - Great Britain - General
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