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. This is a remarkable lecture series; one that will give you fresh insights into world history in a wide range of areas - political, economic, technological, social, and more. And it will also give you a comprehensive overview you won't find offered anywhere else - a context into which you can integrate new knowledge about this country, as well as understand the background of current events in so many other countries that were once part of Britain's empire, from Ireland to China, and in Africa and the Caribbean. Indeed, it seems fair to say that one cannot truly understand the most important aspects of world history without a firm grasp of the history of the British Empire. In giving you that grasp, these lectures draw on a vast range of critical events, riveting personalities, revealing anecdotes, and eloquent quotations.
Compelling, comprehensive, and astonishing in the force of its narrative power, each lecture will give you a refreshing new understanding of what made the British Empire both great in its achievements and vulnerable to its eventual downfall.
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Professor Patrick N. Allitt's clear and easy-to-understand presentation on the history of the British Empire.
It gave me a good prospective on world history esp. between the world wars.
I would recommend this to anybody interested in British history. It is easy to follow, with key events well presented.
I would for someone interested in history
I liked that each of the lectures were generally around 30 minutes. Each lecture was well organized and presented in an easy to understand manner.
He does bring to life many interesting topics, such as Britain's various colonial occupations of India, Australia, the US, Canada, Egypt and the Middle East, South Africa, West Indies. The more modern chapters were particularly compelling, particularly how Britain ultimately dissolved the empire in India/Pakistan and Israel/Jordan/Palestine/Egypt.
Many, but the chapters most interesting were on Africa - Boer War, finding Dr. Livingston, Egypt.
This review is more a reflection on the idea of "the great courses" than the actual content of this audiobook. I could not get through half of it as the information was shot at me in sporadic stints of haphazard lumps. The presenter jumps frequently through time and space and subject. There is no opportunity to absorb anything or even to be entertained and reflect on a gladwell-ian attempt at perspective.
I for one will be staying away from these lectures as a whole from here on out.
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