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Empire

How Britain Made the Modern World
Lu par : Niall Ferguson
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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.

©2004 Patrick Hennessey (P)2004 Penguin Books Ltd

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"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)  

"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)

 

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  • Jean-sebastien Goyette
  • 01/12/2011

Fantastic introduction to the British empire

This is an ideal book for anybody interested in understanding the rise and fall of the British empire. Although it covers centuries of history, it transitions from eras and countries very well and leaves us wanting to know more (but in a good way).

The author gives a great performance with gives it a sincere angle as we detect passion and even sarcasm in some sections.

I'm looking forward to reading other books from Niall Ferguson.

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  • Koen
  • 19/09/2016

Disturbingly pro Empire

The author sounds disturbingly pro Empire: reminiscing its greatness, explaining away its atrocities with on-the-other-hand...

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  • 20/02/2012

Ferguson should narrate all his books.

What made the experience of listening to Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order the most enjoyable?

I have seen the TV series and this is a nice recap. Although abridged from the book (was based on the series), it does provide some perspective for comparison of e British Empire with the alternatives, pointing out that

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author-narrator's enthusiasm.

What about Niall Ferguson’s performance did you like?

His confidence in his work.

If you could give Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order a new subtitle, what would it be?

The original from the book: How Britain made the Modern World.

Any additional comments?

Superb.

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