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  • The Decline and Fall of the British Empire 1781 1997
  • Piers Brendon
  • English
  • 19 September 2020
  • 9780224062220

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Summary ¼ The Decline and Fall of the British Empire 1781 1997 ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ost without trace leaving behind a scatter of sea girt dependencies and a ghost of empire the British Commonwealth of nations Eually it can be claimed that Britain beueathed its former colonies economic foundations a cultural legacy a sporting spirit a legal code and a language ubiuitous than Latin ever wasIn a book of unparalleled scholarship Piers Brendon presents the story of the decline and eclipse of British might the major historical event in the closing sta. As other people have pointed out this book is a farrago of anecdotes all charmingly relayed but rarely amounting to much The themes are few but they poke through the maundering narration every once in a while The first is that Britain didn t set out to win an empire As one British historian said as early as 1883 the British seemed to have conuered the world in a fit of absentmindedness Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli complained about being dragged into conuest by prancing proconsuls but he annexed the Gold Coast and Fiji 1874 the Transvaal in South Africa 1877 and the following year took over Cyprus Prime Minister Gladstone succeeded Disraeli and attacked all his unnecessary conuests yet the following year he sent Sir Garnet Wolesley to put down Colonel Ahmed Arabi s revolt in Egypt which threatened both British creditors and the Suez canal and then enforced a suzerainty over the country which Gladstone claimed was temporary Sir George Goldie s Royal Niger Company and its intense but sueamish agent Frederick Lugard signed up preliminary deals with much of what became Nigeria and Sir William MacKinnon s Imperial East Africa Company also used Lugard to make treaties with swathes of future Uganda and Kenya but it was only after 1894 1899 for Nigeria when Britain worried about French penetration that the government took over these areas from the companies and turned them into protectorates Cecil Rhodes did the same thing with what became Zambia and Zimbabwe and Malawi mainly to encircle the Boers who were threatening British interests and his diamond minds At this very time the Prime Minister Lord Salisbury complained the continent of Africa was created to be a burden to the Foreign Offices It as an open uestion of whether anyone in Britain wanted all this land Often they just didn t want anyone else to have it British disinterest is demonstrated by how few British civil servants and officers actually went overseas As one Indian missionary said Our Empire here has existed upon the opinion that the people had of our strength than upon our force The Indian Civil Service governed tens of millions but was about 1200 strong Malaya s was 220 The 43 million people of British Africa spread over 2 million suare miles were run by just 1200 administrators 200 judges and a 1000 policemen and soliders the highest of whom ranked Lieutenant Colonel The other big theme is that everyone in Britain saw their empire as analogous to Rome s which also meant they understood it was destined to fall Disraeli touted Roman analogies for every conuest and celebrated Imperium et libertas but also worried about decline Cecil Rhodes like many others was obsessed with Edward Gibbon s The Decline and Fall of the British Empire and did everything in his power to stave off what he saw as a semi inevitable end Winston Churchill was as much a pro empire man as any yet he read Gibbon and knew that the shores of History are littered with the wrecks of Empires Thus despite reaching a territorial peak after World War I under the League of Nations Mandate system which the British understood as a crude mask for conuest most understood the cries of self determination that arose from the war were impossible to suelch In 1921 Michael Collins negotiated a deal with England to leave Ireland and then was shot by a nationalist for consenting to the division of the North it was only 16 years later that Ireland s constitution formally separated from the Crown In 1935 the Government of India Act ceded most of India to local parliaments and gave Indians increased representation on the Viceroy s Council The next year the Egyptian Treaty gave the country nominal independence Yet after World War II which both sullied the reputation of the West and drained the British Treasury that protected the sterling zone the jig was really up Burma India and Israel went within five years and most of Africa and Asia soon afterThe story of the 200 years of the British empire is a grand story one with fathomless implications for human civilization across the globe yet this book presents it as a mass of amusing character sketches eccentric soldiers sporting Governor Generals and set piece battles It gives one pictures but no story

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Summary ¼ The Decline and Fall of the British Empire 1781 1997 ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ges of the second millennium Full of vivid particulars brief lives telling anecdotes comic episodes symbolic moments and illustrative vignettes The Decline and Fall of the British Empire evokes remote places as well as distant times From the war for American independence the end of the Raj the 'scram out of Africa' and the unfinished business of the Falklands and Hong Kong to the new 'informal' empire of the United States this is a comprehensive and engaging accou. I am not sure I am going to finish this book It is rather doom laden and hateful in its prose The author sees portents of the crumbling of the British Empire in military success of the 18th century which is rather a stretch since the empire did not really crumble till after World War III think I would simply prefer a objective history of British Empire The sound of the axe grinding in the background of this book is deafening and spoils the experience of reading it

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Summary ¼ The Decline and Fall of the British Empire 1781 1997 ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB No empire has been larger or diverse than the British Empire At its apogee in the 1930s 42 million Britons governed 500 million foreign subjects Britannia ruled the waves and a uarter of the earth's surface was painted red on the map Where Britain's writ did not run directly its influence sustained by matchless industrial and commercial sinews was often paramountYet no empire except the Russian disappeared swiftly Within a generation this mighty structure sank alm. EMPIRE OF ANECDOTES The Decline and Fall of the British Empire by Piers Brendon is an entertaining narrative history of the British Empire from the time of the American Revolution to the lowering of the Union Jack in Hong Kong barely a dozen years ago The cover of the book itself nicely sums up Brendons iconoclastic attitude at the top we have what might be termed a painting of the Imperial Realism school a bunch of jaunty chaps from across the Empire marching to War non whites at the back the reality or one reality is below an informal grouping of young imperialists rat arsed with the chap sitting on the bench in agonizingly tight trousers sporting a moustache which he has somehow wangled from a walrus and looking particularly derangedBrendon seeks to capture the essence of Empire by demystifying it with a stream of anecdotes that are firmly anchored to the events that make up that Empires History His accounts of the various characters British and otherwise who had their moments at the centre of the Imperial stage is in a manner that is both illuminating wry and occasionally even hilarious especially regarding facial hair of which his knowledge is encyclopaedic He has an eye and for the apposite uote writes in an extremely fluent prose which is a pleasure to read and manages to treat the whole subject in a light and accessible manner without trivialising such brutal events as the Bengal famine of World War 2 the Opium Wars the Bengal famine after conuistador Clives conuests or the abysmal treatment of aboriginal peoples in AustralasiaI would hesitate to call it a scholarly work which is not to say that there is anything incorrect in the narrative or dubious in Brendons opinions just that the book lacks the in depth analysis of Economic Demographic Political and Cultural factors both in Britain in particular and the Empire in general What it does do is give the reader a whirlwind tour of Imperial History from 1781 to 1997 and as such would be ideal either as an introductory book to the Empire or as a diversion for the jaded scholar Fading Away Anchored Hearts Vol 25 its apogee Translation and Creativity in the 1930s 42 million Britons governed 500 million foreign subjects Britannia ruled the waves and a uarter of the earth's surface was painted red on the map Where Britain's writ did not run directly Intimate Strangers its Dead Sea influence sustained by matchless The Pearly ueen industrial and commercial sinews was often paramountYet no empire except the Russian disappeared swiftly Within a generation this mighty structure sank alm. 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