The Smuts Professor of the History of the British Commonwealth at Cambridge has written a series of learned and evocative essays on the end of empire, especially in Asia and Africa. This contributed to establishing a quite new international system in which power was dispersed to over 100 nations. England's contraction was not without difficulties, but the British genius led to an overall result that left viable states. Today's global change is quite different, but there are interesting points of comparison, and this work serves as a useful reminder that new world orders are indeed sequential.
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