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Charlemagne Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 09:00 PM
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Best book on rise and fall of the British Empire?
I am looking for something accurate and academic. I dont like the popular histories written by journalists (no offense if you do like those). I want something drier than a martini and well researched.

Thanks so much for any suggestions!
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 09:21 PM
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1. A big part of the fall was WWI -- "A Peace To End All Peace" covers much of it fairly well.
Edited on Fri Nov-18-11 09:24 PM by eppur_se_muova
http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780805068849-1

While you're at Powell's :), http://www.powells.com/s?kw=british+empire&class=

Here's another one I read -- for some reason I couldn't remember the title :silly: -- http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780312140397-5
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 11:14 PM
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2. For the period 1880-1914 I have a recommendation....
Robert Massie's "Deadnought: Britian, Germany and the coming of the Great War".

Its 908 pages of fun by the author of "Nicholas and Alexandra" and its actually fairly readable. I've only read sections I was particularly interested in but if you can get a copy through your library it could be of value.

Good luck!
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 08:57 AM
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3. "The Decline and Fall of the British Empire" -- Piers Brendon
Written with a nod to the Great work by Gibbon.
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