The British Empire

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In 1815, the British controlled the seas. Before the end of the nineteenth century, they ruled Australia, India, New Zealand, half of Africa, half of North America, and islands all around the globe. Theirs was the most powerful empire the world has ever known. Here is the story of how the English acquired their vast domain; how they ruled, maintained, and exploited it; and how, within decades, they presided over its dissolution. Here are Britain's triumphs and also her stinging defeats, her heroes and her scoundrels. It is a full and fascinating chronicle of the growth of the British Empire and its people and of the impact that empire had on the rest of the world.
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Stephen W. Sears is one of the world's foremost military historians and a former editor of American Heritage. His books include Chancellorsville, Desert War, Gettysburg, and To the Gates of Richmond.
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New Word City
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Published on
Sep 10, 2014
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Pages
1336
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ISBN
9781612308098
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Great Britain
History / Military / General
History / Modern / 17th Century
History / Modern / 18th Century
History / Modern / 19th Century
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