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An account of Britain's rise and fall over the past 200 years, painting a provocative picture of a once great nation reduced to a European statelet. The text opens in 1776 with the declaration of war by the American colonies, the publication of Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations", the first parts of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" and, in 1777, the erection of the ironbridge at Coalbrookdale. These are all, argues Jeremy Black, emblems of the modernity that was to change Britain's green and pleasant land for all time. He demonstrates that the Britain we know today and which has shaped our identity has outgrown the industrial and commercial empire which once made Britain great throughout the world. The achievements and innovations of the great inventors and industrialists were appropriate in their time but Britain is searching for a new role and a new place among the leading nations. At present it appears that all we have to look forward to is further integration with Europe, and this, Black argues, would represent a foolish surrender of everything that is significant in our history.
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Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. His many publications include A Historical Atlas of Britain: The End of the Middle Ages to the Georgian Era (Sutton) War: Past, Present and Future (Sutton) and Culloden and the '45 (Sutton).
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