By Andrew Roberts
A magisterial historical past encouraged through Winston Churchill's well-known opus, A historical past of the English-Speaking Peoples seeing that 1900 is an engrossing account of the 20th century, with a special point of view on our turbulent instances. In 1900, the place Churchill ended the fourth quantity of his heritage of the English-Speaking Peoples , the U.S. had now not but emerged onto the area scene as an exceptional energy. but the arriving 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 particularly valuable because the usa this present day appears to be like to different components of the English-speaking global as its top, closest and such a lot responsible allies.
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The second became dominion over the skies. As the new century dawned, both the British Empire and the American Republic were involved in protracted colonial wars, in South Africa and the Philippines respectively. War has been the almost constant lot of Mankind since the days of Rome, yet the English-speaking peoples have presided over a longer period of peace between the Great Powers than at any time since the Dark Ages. In 1901, neither Britain nor the United States saw herself as part of a greater entity, the English-speaking peoples.
8 Much derided as merely an excuse for putting off indigenous selfgovernment, in fact men like Macaulay believed profoundly in this sense of mission, just as today's neo-conservatives passionately believe in the advantages that might flow from instilling - through installing - democracy in such countries as Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether the Middle East proves too theocratic, obscurantist and in some places feudal to benefit from democracy remains to be seen, but neo-conservatism is certainly no new historical departure in the self-proclaimed mission of the English-speaking peoples.
But... '6 Criticism from churchmen, liberals and public thinkers of the mission of the Englishspeaking peoples was to be a recurring theme throughout the coming century. '7 In fact, the phenomenon was to recur throughout the English-speaking peoples over the coming decades, and in some engagements - such as at Suez and in Vietnam opposition from a vociferous domestic minority was to doom their enterprises far more than foreign opponents. Most Britons would not have agreed with Canon Gore. In the same copy of The Times newspaper that carried Gore's denunciation of the 'poor moral quality' of British imperialism, was printed the pastoral letter of the Bishop of Salisbury, which he had caused to be read aloud to all congregations in his diocese the previous Sunday.