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James, Lawrence 1943-

Overview
Works: 53 works in 310 publications in 1 language and 8,902 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DA16, 941
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Lawrence James
The rise and fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James( Book )

52 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great Britain's geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically fragile island often at odds with her European neighbors. Lawrence James has written a comprehensive, perceptive, and insighful history of the British Empire. Spanning the years from 1600 to the present day, this critically acclaimed book combines detailed scholarship with readable popular history
Raj : the making and unmaking of British India by Lawrence James( Book )

34 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the story of one of the wonders of the modern world. In less than a hundred years, the British made themselves masters of India. They ruled it for another hundred, departing in 1947, leaving behind the independent states of India and Pakistan." "None of this, however, was planned. A series of emergencies in the eighteenth century transformed the East India Company into the most formidable war machine in Asia, and conquest gathered its own momentum. Fortunes were made, but the conscience of Britain was troubled by the despotism that was being created in its name. The result was a government that balanced firmness with benevolence, and had as its goal the advancement of India. There was resistance, both to the conquerors and, in the Indian mutiny, to the Raj they had made. This is a story of wars won against the odds and astonishing heroism, but it is also a tale of how, for many reasons, millions of Indians collaborated with their new rulers and made possible the government of so many by so few. Raj contains much that is new, hidden, and controversial on areas as varied as the Mutiny, the Great Game, and the taxing of India."--BOOK JACKET
The golden warrior : the life and legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Lawrence James( Book )

29 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.E. Lawrence was a true scholar, a man of irresistible charm who genuinely cared for the Arabs. He was also a shocking fabricator who invented, embellished, and used his own legend. This controversial and provocative biography overturns the mythology that surrounds this enigmatic man
Churchill and empire : a portrait of an imperialist by Lawrence James( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative historian Lawrence James has written a genuinely new biography of Winston Churchill, one focusing solely on his contradictory relationship with the British Empire. As a young army officer in the late nineteenth century serving in conflicts in India, South Africa, and the Sudan, his attitude toward the Empire was the Victorian paternalistic approach--at once responsible and superior. Conscious even then of his political career ahead, Churchill found himself reluctantly supporting British atrocities and held what many would regard today as prejudiced views, in that he felt that some nationalities were superior to others. His (some might say obsequious) relationship with America reflected that view: America was a former colony where the natives had become worthy to rule themselves, but--he felt--still had that connection to Britain. This outmoded attitude was one of the reasons the British voters rejected him after leading the country brilliantly in the Second World War. His attitude remained decidedly old-fashioned, truly Victorian, in a world that was shaping up very differently.--From publisher description
Aristocrats : power, grace, and decadence : Britain's great ruling classes from 1066 to the present by Lawrence James( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An accessible, 900-year history of the British aristocracy offers insight into key conflicts and the extremes that shaped aristocratic agendas while describing the influences of classical art, sports and scandals
Warrior race : a history of the British at war by Lawrence James( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Warrior Race, Lawrence James draws on the latest historical and archaeological research, as well as numerous previously untapped resources, to chart the full reach of British military history. He explores the physical and psychological impact of Roman military occupation, the monarchy's struggle for mastery of the British Isles, the civil wars of the seventeenth century, and the 'total war' experience of twentieth-century conflict ... James ... weaves together the many themes of his subject, discussing the rise, survival, and reinvention of chivalry; the literary quest for a British epic; the concept of birth and breeding as qualifications for command in war; and the issues of patriotism and Britain's antiwar tradition"--Publisher's description
Crimea 1854-56 : the war with Russia from contemporary photographs by Lawrence James( Book )

14 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The savage wars : British campaigns in Africa, 1870-1920 by Lawrence James( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The middle class : a history by Lawrence James( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the enthralling story of the great powerhouse of British history - the middle class. The death of feudalism, the advancement of democracy, the spread of literacy, the industrial and sexual revolutions, the development of mass media - the middle class is never far away, drawing up petitions, pushing for change in attitude and legislation, engaging in philanthropy. In this scholarly and hugely entertaining account, Lawrence James brings to life the stories of churchmen and charity-workers, lawyers and lobbyists to create an engaging and colourful social and political panorama
The illustrated rise & fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning four centuries and six continents, Lawrence James' work examines the imperial experience and its legacy. In this new edition his original work has been abridged and illustrated with photographs, paintings and ephemera to create a comprehensive summary of the era
Imperial rearguard : wars of empire, 1919-1985 by Lawrence James( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En bog om de krige, som UK har ført til bevarelse af Imperiet siden 1919 i Mellemøsten, Golf-området, Indien, Fjernøsten, Afrika, Irland og Falklandsøerne
The Iron Duke : a military biography of Wellington by Lawrence James( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imperial warrior : the life and times of Field-Marshal Viscount Allenby, 1861-1936 by Lawrence James( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warrior race : the British experience of war from Roman times to the present by Lawrence James( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mutiny in the British and Commonwealth forces, 1797-1956 by Lawrence James( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Churchill and empire : a portrait of an imperialist by Lawrence James( Recording )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the finest narrative historians, Lawrence James has written an illuminating, genuinely new biography of Winston Churchill that focuses solely on his contradictory relationship with the British Empire. As a young army officer in the late nineteenth century serving in conflicts in India, South Africa, and the Sudan, his attitude toward the Empire was the Victorian paternalistic approach - at once responsible and superior
Empires in the sun : the struggle for the mastery of Africa : 1830-1990 by Lawrence James( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this compelling history of the men and ideas that radically changed the course of world history, Lawrence James investigates and analyses how, within a hundred years, Europeans persuaded and coerced Africa into becoming a subordinate part of the modern world. His narrative is laced with the experiences of participants and onlookers and introduces the men and women who, for better or worse, stamped their wills on Africa. The continent was a magnet for the high-minded, the philanthropic, the unscrupulous and the insane. Visionary pro-consuls rubbed shoulders with missionaries, explorers, soldiers, adventurers, engineers, big-game hunters, entrepreneurs and physicians. Between 1830 and 1945, Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Italy and the United States exported their languages, laws, culture, religions, scientific and technical knowledge and economic systems to Africa. The colonial powers imposed administrations designed to bring stability and peace to a continent that seemed to lack both. The justification for occupation was emancipation from slavery - and the common assumption that late nineteenth-century Europe was the summit of civilisation. By 1945 a transformed continent was preparing to take charge of its own affairs, a process of decolonisation that took a mere twenty or so years. There remained areas where European influence was limited (Liberia, Abyssinia) - through inertia and a desire for a quiet time, Africa's new masters left much undisturbed. This magnificent history also pauses to ask: what did not happen and why?
The past's present by Lawrence James( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Touchdown! by Lawrence James( Book )

2 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Power, grace and decadence? Britain's great ruling classes since 1066 by Lawrence James( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

* An extraordinary narrative of the richest and most powerful men and women in our history
 
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The rise and fall of the British Empire
Alternative Names
James, L. E. 1943-

James, L. E. (Lawrence Edwin), 1943-

James, Lawrence E. 1943-

James, Lawrence E. (Lawrence Edwin), 1943-

James, Lawrence Edwin 1943-

Lawrence James British historian

Lawrence James britisk historikar

Lawrence James britisk historiker

Lawrence James Brits historicus

Lawrence James brittisk historiker

Lawrence James storico britannico

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Languages
English (260)

Covers
Raj : the making and unmaking of British IndiaThe golden warrior : the life and legend of Lawrence of ArabiaAristocrats : power, grace, and decadence : Britain's great ruling classes from 1066 to the presentWarrior race : a history of the British at warThe middle class : a historyThe illustrated rise & fall of the British EmpireThe Iron Duke : a military biography of WellingtonWarrior race : the British experience of war from Roman times to the presentPower, grace and decadence? Britain's great ruling classes since 1066