A Review Of Niall Ferguson's Empire

How Britain Shaped The Modern World

A detailed evaluation of how British imperialism influences our world.

 “Empire” starts its narration in the latter part of the 16th century examining the factors, which prompted the English into seeking an overseas empire similar to the ones already established by Portugal and Spain in the Americas, Asia, and Africa


Ferguson starts his succinct evaluation of the British Empire by examining the early attempts to establish English colonies in North America, the growth of British naval power, and the important roles of piracy as well as slave trading in generating wealth not to mention justifying the establishment of colonies.

Ferguson argues that it was British domination of the high seas combined with the determination to make profits from foreign trade that led to the vast expansion of empire especially from the last decades of the 18th century.  Britain had got the better of the French during the Seven Years and gained control of Canada and India as a result.

The later parts of the book go on to describe how Britain recovered from the loss of the American colonies to build an even larger empire in Africa and Asia. Ferguson also describes how Britain changed the world by spreading capitalism, and liberalism as well as Christianity, not to mention its part in abolishing slavery.

Finally the book examines Britain's imperial decline hastened by the cost of winning the Second World War and the increasing strength of the Soviet Union and the United States.  

.


31 2
0

Related Articles

Japanese culture has been greatly influenced by the Chinese culture, and yet they are almost as different from each other as any two neighboring countries can ever be. Part of these differences may lie in the self-imposed isolation of Japan till Meiji revolutions, but there are other important reasons too, that make the two societies and cultures vastly different.

Attracted by the good reviews and promotional details found in the website of Acuaverde Resort Laiya, San Juan Batangas Philippines, we decided to spend an overnight stay here during the Holy Week. We paid USD563 or PHP23, 200 for 3 rooms that could accommodate 6 adults and 2 kids overnight inclusive of 3 buffet meals (dinner, breakfast and lunch).

.

Philippines is very strategically located archipelago country. As such it comes with its own set of geographical advantages and disadvantages.

Kindly login to comment on this post.
There are no comments yet.