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First-rate historian and author Niall Ferguson offers a politically incorrect interpretation of the four-century history of the British Empire. Sure, he acknowledges that the imperialists stole, murdered and enslaved on their way to world domination. Yet, Ferguson argues, the Brits spread several traditions, including liberty, democracy and free trade, which improved the state of the world. To Ferguson’s credit, he makes no attempt to gloss over the Empire’s atrocities. In fact, with stellar prose, he takes the risk of undermining his central theme by describing the Empire’s bad behavior in great detail. His conclusions are as complex as history itself, which might prove frustrating to readers seeking simple answers. getAbstract.com strongly recommends this memoir to readers who love history, and particularly to those seeking a historical perspective on the pitfalls of imperialism.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the British Empire rose to prominence;
  • How the Empire maintained its historic dominance for centuries;
  • What values the Empire spread around the globe; and
  • Why the Empire ultimately dissolved.
 

About the Author

Niall Ferguson is Herzog Professor of Financial History at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also is a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution. His previous books include The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus and Paper and Iron.

 

Summary

A Flawed but Noble Empire
The British Empire, which at its peak spanned the globe and ruled a quarter of the world’s population and geography, has become synonymous with racism, brutality and profiteering.

These criticisms are well founded; after all, the Brits actively ...

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