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

By Andrew Roberts

In 1900, the place Churchill ended the fourth quantity of his History of the English-Speaking Peoples, the us had no longer but emerged onto the realm scene as an excellent strength. in the meantime, the British Empire was once in decline yet didn't but comprehend it. Any variety of different powers may need gained primacy within the 20th century and past, together with Germany, Russia, in all likelihood even France. but the arrival century was once 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 brilliantly unearths what made the English-speaking humans the preeminent political tradition seeing that 1900, and the way they've got defended their primacy from the various attacks upon them. What connects these nations the place nearly all of the inhabitants speaks English as a primary language—the usa, nice Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies and Ireland—is a ways more than what separates them, and the improvement in their heritage for the reason that 1900 has been a gorgeous luck tale.

Authoritative and engrossing, A heritage of the English-Speaking Peoples seeing that 1900 is a charming account of the century within which the political tradition of 1 linguistic world-grouping comprehensively triumphed over all others. Roberts's History proves specially worthwhile because the usa at the present time appears to be like to different components of the English-speaking global as its most sensible, closest and such a lot accountable allies.

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Across the Atlantic lay a republic that in 1898 had defeated in only eight months an ancient if ramshackle European power, Spain. America had healed her hitherto-debilitating Civil War wounds and saw herself as a single political entity with unlimited prospects; in the parlance of the day, a 'Manifest Destiny'. ' On Saturday, 6 September 1901, President William McKinley was shot in the breast and abdomen by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz, whose hand he was shaking at the Pan-American stand of an exhibition in Buffalo.

All were initial defeats, provocations or utter disasters early in the conflict, yet each served to rally the English-speaking peoples for the necessary sacrifices ahead. Nineteenth-century precursors further emphasise this historical ubiquity, such as the Alamo in the Mexican War, the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War, Little Big Horn in the Great Sioux War, Maiwand in the Second Afghan War and Isandhlwana in the Zulu War. The English-speaking peoples rarely win the first battle, but they equally rarely lose the subsequent war.

He fully deserves his place on Mount Rushmore, and it was both America's tragedy and his own that he refused a third presidency in 1908, which was his for the taking. More tragic still was his decision to run in 1912, after his appointed successor as president, William Howard Taft, had disappointed him, as anyone was bound to do. The result of Roosevelt's 'Bull Moose' candidacy was a split Republican vote and the election of the least impressive of the three candidates, Woodrow Wilson. The statesmanship - and there can be no greater test of statesmanship than sticking to unpopular but correct policies in the face of a general election - of McKinley, Roosevelt and Hay laid the basis of the friendly co-operation of the English-speaking peoples in the coming century.

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