A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 by Andrew Roberts

By Andrew Roberts

A magisterial historical past encouraged by way of Winston Churchill's recognized opus, A heritage of the English-Speaking Peoples for the reason that 1900 is an engrossing account of the 20th century, with a distinct standpoint on our turbulent instances. In 1900, the place Churchill ended the fourth quantity of his heritage of the English-Speaking Peoples , the USA had now not but emerged onto the realm scene as an outstanding energy. but the arrival century used to be to belong to the English-speaking peoples, who successively and effectively fought the Kaiser's Germany, Axis aggression and Soviet Communism, and who're now suffering opposed to Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. Andrew Roberts's historical past proves specifically necessary because the usa at the present time seems to be to different elements of the English-speaking international as its top, closest and such a lot liable allies.

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INTRODUCTION 3 There is something fitting about the first sunlight of the new century falling upon the Chatham Islands, since they eloquently illustrate the astounding reach of the English-speaking peoples. The forty isles and outcrops, only two of which - the Chatham and Pitt Islands - are inhabited, were first claimed in the name of King George i n in 1791 by a Royal Navy lieutenant, William Broughton. 3 The only way in which islands at almost precisely the other end of the world from the British Isles could have been successfully colonised was through the Royal Navy being the most powerful military machine in the world at the time, before the rise of Napoleon's Grande Armée half a decade later.

3 The only way in which islands at almost precisely the other end of the world from the British Isles could have been successfully colonised was through the Royal Navy being the most powerful military machine in the world at the time, before the rise of Napoleon's Grande Armée half a decade later. Taking what the seventeenth-century diarist John Evelyn had called the 'command of the ocean', first achieved by the British and subsequently by the American Navy, was the first prerequisite for the English-speaking peoples' global dominance.

Rancher, explorer, naturalist, reformer, historian, soldier, big-game hunter, sportsman, wit and patriot, Roosevelt believed in what he called 'the strenuous life' and personified America's new sense of boundless opportunities and interests, as well as the sheer robustness of his optimistic, thrusting, hardy country. The ceremony held at Westminster Abbey, Britain's ancient church, on the last evening of the nineteenth century was 'thronged by standing worshippers and every seat taken', and the sermon was delivered by Canon Charles Gore.

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