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By Andrew Roberts

A magisterial historical past encouraged by way of Winston Churchill's recognized opus, A historical past of the English-Speaking Peoples due to the fact 1900 is an engrossing account of the 20th century, with a special point of view on our turbulent instances. In 1900, the place Churchill ended the fourth quantity of his background of the English-Speaking Peoples , the USA had no longer but emerged onto the realm scene as a very good energy. but the arriving 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's background proves specially worthy because the usa at the present time seems to different components of the English-speaking international as its top, closest and so much liable allies.

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They filled the ranks of the lower civil service with blacks. 19 This was no mean legacy, but the twentieth century was to see the Caribbean remain by far the poorest part of the English-speaking world. The British West Indies raised regiments to fight for the Crown in both world wars, but otherwise the region slipped slowly but perceptibly from the British into the American zone of influence. The visit of Queen Victoria to Dublin in April 1900 was, Palace officials insisted, an informal not a State visit to Ireland.

15 Into this promising situation, with a determination to translate America's wealth into power, stepped the protean genius of Theodore Roosevelt. INTRODUCTION 13 In the debate over whether America was born great, achieved greatness or had greatness thrust upon her, the only possible conclusion must be: all three. That she was conscious of, at least, the possibility of her imperial greatness is evident from her public architecture. As one historian notes, the United States 'is ruled from a city that was built to replicate as far as possible parts of ancient Rome.

War has been the almost constant lot of Mankind since the days of Rome, yet the English-speaking peoples have presided over a longer period of peace between the Great Powers than at any time since the Dark Ages. In 1901, neither Britain nor the United States saw herself as part of a greater entity, the English-speaking peoples. They were rivals, though newly friendly ones. It was not until the emergency of the early 1940s that the realisation finally dawned on both that they would be infinitely stronger together than the sum of their constituent parts.

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