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James

Ithaca, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    C. Telfair says: "Comprehensive and Thoughtful"
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    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of the British Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Flowing, well-structured, enjoyable voice


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    He goes to great lengths to appear impartial. This can get frustrating over time because tidbits of positivity are sprinkled liberally through otherwise grave episodes in history. A good example is his anecdote about how 'house slaves' were treated more favourably then 'field slaves' on the plantations. Fine, maybe so, but I'd rather hear more about the awfulness of slavery, and for him to outright say that it was awful. Also, he cites Niall Ferguson and other celebrants of empire quite regularly. Would be good to hear some references to post-colonial historians. Overall though, a fantastic series.

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