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Making of the British Empire (A.D. 1714-1832)

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Arthur Hassall's comprehensive account of the Making of the British Empire (A.D. 1714-1832) offers a detailed examination of the expansion and consolidation of British power during this crucial period in history. Hassall skillfully navigates through the political, economic, and social complexities that shaped the British Empire, providing a nuanced perspective on the motives and methods behind Britain's imperial ambitions.

One of the strengths of the book is its meticulous attention to detail, with Hassall drawing from a wide range of primary sources to support his analysis. This depth of research allows readers to gain a thorough understanding of the various factors that contributed to the rise of the British Empire, from military conquests to economic exploitation.

Hassall also offers insightful commentary on the impact of British imperialism on both the colonized peoples and the imperial power itself. He does not shy away from addressing the oppressive and exploitative practices that were often inherent in colonial rule, while also acknowledging the economic benefits and cultural exchanges that occurred as a result of British expansion.

Overall, Making of the British Empire (A.D. 1714-1832) is a well-written and informative book that provides a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of imperial history. Hassall's authoritative voice and thorough research make this a must-read for scholars, students, and history enthusiasts alike.

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At its height, the British Empire was the largest in history. This short volume traces its development through the long 18th century, from 1714 to the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Founded on the prosperity of Sir Robert Walpole's ministry , the Empire emerged from the Indian conquests of that gifted military amateur, Lord Clive, and was extended under the leadership of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, who drove the English to victory in the Seven Years' War . Surmounting the loss of the American colonies and twenty years of conflict with France, by the first quarter of the 19th century, the British navy, master of the oceans, presided over an Empire upon which the sun never set.

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