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James, Lawrence 1943-

Overview
Works: 54 works in 347 publications in 1 language and 9,288 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history  Romance fiction  Fiction  Juvenile works  Young adult works  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Lawrence James
The rise and fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James( Book )

57 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 1,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great Britain's geopolitical role in the global scheme of things has undergone many radical changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain's current position as an isolated, economically fragile island squabbling with her European neighbors often seems difficult to accept, if not comprehend. Although still afforded nominal status through membership of groups such as G7 and the retention of a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, the simple truth is that Britain has been resting on her laurels since 1945, if not before. The British Empire is both cause and effect of this spectacular transformation. At first an exercise in straightforward profit-making, foreign exploration and colonization by British settlers, traders, and entrepreneurs soon gave rise to serious moral misgivings about the exploitation of native peoples and resources. But the riches to be gained from empire-building were always a powerful argument in its favor, although changes in the domestic social and political climate made benevolent imperialism a more desired objective. The lure of profit was tempered by an urge to uplift and civilize. Those responsible for the glories of empire were also driven by questionable motives. Personal fame and fortune formed an inevitable and attractive by-product of the conquest of new territories, and many empire-builders felt an unimpeachable sense of destiny. The achievements, however, cannot be denied, and during its heyday the British Empire was the envy of the world. Revisionist historians make much of the stunted potential of the former colonies, but as always, the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes
Raj : the making and unmaking of British India by Lawrence James( Book )

37 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,460 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 )

33 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 1,065 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 )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 791 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 )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 640 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
Empires in the sun : the struggle for the mastery of Africa by Lawrence James( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 567 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 analyzes 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 civilization. By 1945 a transformed continent was preparing to take charge of its own affairs, a process of decolonization 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?
Warrior race : a history of the British at war by Lawrence James( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 445 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 )

16 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 317 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 )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rev. ed. of: The rise and fall of the British empire. 1996. Includes bibliographical references and index
Imperial rearguard : wars of empire, 1919-1985 by Lawrence James( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 256 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 )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 175 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 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 89 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
The next together by Lauren James( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different
Touchdown! by Lawrence James( Book )

2 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The past's present by Lawrence James( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The rise and fall of the British Empire
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 present
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 britisk historikar

Lawrence James britisk historiker

Lawrence James Brits historicus

Lawrence James brittisk historiker

Lawrence James historiador británico

Lawrence James historien britannique

Lawrence James storico britannico

Лоуренс Джеймс

لورانس لورانس مؤرخ بريطاني

Languages
English (293)