Empire

Empire How Britain Made the Modern World

Paperback (07 Jun 2018) | English

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Synopsis

Niall Ferguson's acclaimed bestseller on the highs and lows of Britain's empire

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 précis 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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Book information

ISBN: 9780141987910
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 325.341
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 7002
Number of pages: xxviii, 422 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 352g
Height: 130mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 38mm