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Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat

by James Morris

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The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris' magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. This final volume charts the decline and dissolution of what was once the largest empire the world had known. From the first signs of decay in the imperial ambition in the Boer Wars, through the global shifts in power evident in the two World Wars, it offers a perspective that is honest, evocative and occasionally elegiac.… (more)
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    Stones of Empire: The Buildings of the Raj by Jan Morris (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: If the Jan Morriss Triology was not fascinating enough, Stones proves that even the architecture of the British Empire was evocative and thrilling.
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    Pax Britannica: the Climax of an Empire by Jan Morris (John_Vaughan)
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    Sahib: The British Soldier in India 1750-1914 by Richard Holmes (John_Vaughan)
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    Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress by Jan Morris (John_Vaughan)
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Very readable survey history. ( )
  Whiskey3pa | Oct 2, 2012 |
This trilogy of books about the British Empire was written thirty years ago, and the author’s methods and views are now completely unfashionable in academia and discredited by the resenters of post colonial (pseudo) theory.

Morris’s mission is to capture the aesthetic of empire, and this he certainly does. The whole conception of the book is deeply artistic, the three volumes standing in relation to one another as a triptych. The first volume describes in a vaguely chronological fashion the gaining of the Empire, from the dilettante beginnings of the East India Company to the increased professionalism and hardening of attitudes after the Indian Mutiny in 1857, to Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897. The second volume is an in-depth look at all aspects of the Empire at the climacteric of the Jubilee, taking in the structure, the life, the technology, the art, the wars and the attitudes towards Empire: a vertical slice right through the heart of Empire. The third volume takes us back to a chronology of the decline of the Empire, from the jubilee to Churchill’s death in 1965, a few years before the start of the writing...

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http://thelectern.blogspot.com/2007/08/pax-britannica-trilogy-james-morris.html ( )
2 vote tomcatMurr | Oct 9, 2007 |
The conclusion to the best survey of the British Empire that I have ever read. ( )
  jcvogan1 | Dec 1, 2005 |
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The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris' magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. This final volume charts the decline and dissolution of what was once the largest empire the world had known. From the first signs of decay in the imperial ambition in the Boer Wars, through the global shifts in power evident in the two World Wars, it offers a perspective that is honest, evocative and occasionally elegiac.

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