This outstanding history describes and accounts for Britain's rise as the world's first industrial world power, its decline from the temporary dominance of the pioneer, its rather special relationship with the rest of the world (notably the underdeveloped countries) and the effects of all these on the life of the British people.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages, diagrams, further reading, index
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/04/1999
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780140257885