By Andrew Roberts
A magisterial heritage encouraged through Winston Churchill's recognized opus, A background of the English-Speaking Peoples considering that 1900 is an engrossing account of the 20 th century, with a different viewpoint on our turbulent occasions. In 1900, the place Churchill ended the fourth quantity of his historical past of the English-Speaking Peoples , the USA had now not but emerged onto the area scene as an outstanding strength. but the arrival century used to be 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 in particular useful because the usa at the present time appears to be like to different elements of the English-speaking international as its top, closest and such a lot liable allies.
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Wilhelmine Germany's burgeoning economic power was reflected in the massive High Seas Fleet that was being built specifically to challenge the Royal Navy. Third Republic France had a huge global empire and a thirst for revenge against Britain for slights, real and imagined, that she had received over the last century, culminating on the Upper Nile three years earlier. Tsarist Russia, the largest country in the world with a vast standing army, looked enviously at British India across the narrowing gap between them in Central Asia.
He fully deserves his place on Mount Rushmore, and it was both America's tragedy and his own that he refused a third presidency in 1908, which was his for the taking. More tragic still was his decision to run in 1912, after his appointed successor as president, William Howard Taft, had disappointed him, as anyone was bound to do. The result of Roosevelt's 'Bull Moose' candidacy was a split Republican vote and the election of the least impressive of the three candidates, Woodrow Wilson. The statesmanship - and there can be no greater test of statesmanship than sticking to unpopular but correct policies in the face of a general election - of McKinley, Roosevelt and Hay laid the basis of the friendly co-operation of the English-speaking peoples in the coming century.
In the twentieth century, no less than in any other, the Great Powers excited the envy INTRODUCTION II of lesser powers not necessarily because of how they behaved but simply because of what they were. In a speech on Monday, 13 May 1901, at the Hotel Métropole in London, Lord Salisbury used the opportunity of a banquet of the Nonconformist Unionist Association to warn foreign powers off even considering intervening in South Africa. After toasts to King Edward vu and the Royal Family, Salisbury was received with loud cheers as he rose to speak.
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 by Andrew Roberts