Author(s): Peter Clarke
The British Empire effectively ended with Indian Independence in August 1947. How did this rapid change of fortune come about? This book analyses in detail the losing hand which Britain was dealt in the last year of the war, and then to see how that hand was played over the next two years by Churchill's successors.
Peter Clarke was Professor of Modern British History from 1991-2004 at Cambridge University and Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge between 2000 and 2003. He is the author of a number of important books on British history and politics in the twentieth century, including Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-1990 (1996) (the acclaimed history of Britain in the twentieth century) and A Question of Leadership: Gladstone to Blair (1999), both available in Penguin paperback. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and reviews books regularly for The Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and the Sunday Times. He is married to the Canadian historian and biographer Maria Tippett, and divides his time between Pender Island, British Columbia, and a cottage in Suffolk, England.