The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 by Piers Brendon

Rule, Brittania. Despite the unequivocal nature of the title, Brendon’s account is not simply a chronicle of the downfall of the British Empire. Rather, it is an authoritative and highly readable record of the empire in its entirety, from its acquisition to its relinquishing. No empire has ever been larger or more diverse than the British empire and no empire has disappeared more swiftly. At its peak the empire contained a fifth of the world’s population and yet, within a generation, the empire had all but dissolved.

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire is an erodite account, written with incredible eloquence and great wit.


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