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Brendon, Piers. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire 1781-1997

In 1764 Edward Gibbon sat "musing amid the ruins of the Capitol" in Rome, and it was there, he wrote in a haunting passage, "while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." The Houses of Parliament are not yet in ruins, but the idea of writing The Decline and Fall of the British Empire ...