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

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 - Piers Brendon a grand historical work, a sweeping and comprehensive history. 10.99 GBP, 25.95 CAN, 98 rmb at the Great People's Bookstore of bubbling well road.

1. world turned upside down
2. english barrack in the oriental sea
3. exempt from the disaster of caste
4. to stop is dangerous, to recede, ruin
5. sacred wrath
6. spread the peaceful gospel... with the maxim gun
7. magnificent empire under the british flag
+ 15 more chapters

extremely dense, extremely data-packed writing. sort of overstates the collapse (modern UK passports are still a prestige category) and amusingly organized (to claim the decline started in 1781 is a bit of a stretch).