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  • Published: 27 October 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141907376
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 832
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Three Victories and a Defeat

The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783




This highly original, extremely enjoyable book tells the story of Britain's extraordinary scramble to world power in the 18th century and how, through hubris and incompetence, it lost almost everything it had gained.

At the beginning of the eighteenth century, Britain was an important European power, but few would have predicted her global pre-eminence by 1760. As Brendan Simms shows with great flair and originality, Britain had a crucial card to play. It was the joining of the British crown to Hanover that gave Britain two empires: one scattered around the world and another - the more important of the two - firmly locked into Germany.

Having created a new empire Britain then spectacularly lost it, this time because of its chaotic failure to maintain its European alliances. This is an epic and often unexpected story, and Simms tells it brilliantly.

  • Published: 27 October 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141907376
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 832
Categories:

About the author

Brendan Simms

Brendan Simms is director of studies in history at Peterhouse and the Newton Sheehy Lecturer in International Relations at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Impact of Napoleon and many articles and reviews on the wars of the Yugoslav succession, the Third Reich, and international history.

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