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Observing that "the difficulty with the achievements of empire is that they are much more likely to be taken for granted than the sins of empire," Ferguson stresses that the British did do much good for humanity in their quest for domination: promotion of the free movement of goods, capital, and labor and a common rule of law and governance chief among them. "The question is not whether British imperialism was without blemish. It was not. The question is whether there could have been a less bloody path to modernity," he writes. The challenge for the U.S., he argues, is for it to use its undisputed power as a force for positive change in the world and not to fall into some of the same traps as the British before them.
Covering a wide range of topics, including the rise of consumerism (initially fueled by a desire for coffee, tea, tobacco, and sugar), the biggest mass migration in history (20 million emigrants between the early 1600s and the 1950s), the impact of missionaries, the triumph of capitalism, the spread of the English language, and globalization, this is a brilliant synthesis of various topics and an extremely entertaining read. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was written with the general reader in mind and is the most accessible book on British history I have ever read.
He writes that Britain sacrificed their empire to defeat Hitler and asks rhetorically "Did not that sacrifice alone expunge all the Empire's other sins?"
Niall Ferguson's "Empire" is a great and often provokative introduction to the study of the rise and demise of the British Empire.
Shows how indeed Britain made the world and how America is failing through the lack of taking responsabilities. Being pollitically correct is sometimes incorrect on the long runPublished 11 days ago by Adrian Covic
The author has an interesting way to divide and to explain facts and consequences. It turns the book in a very exciting trip through the time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marco Antonio Costa Vieira
Learned much about British history and the profound influence it had on the shaping of the modern world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robin D. Wilkes
In Empire, Niall Ferguson provides a sweeping view of the key drivers of the growth and governance of the British Empire. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Albert Campion
The book brings out a different angle to the now almost invariable frown upon imperialism. Without denying imperialism obvious evils, it also shows to what extent the British... Read morePublished 3 months ago by manuel penia
This book is very factual and quite amusing. However, for a Harvard professor, this is not the material you can expect. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alex
I really like Niall Ferguson's books and this one has not disappointed me. A very interesting and honest way of looking at the history of the British Empire, both the positive and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Pfeil