About this book
Paperback edition of a monumental new history by the Churchill College, Cambridge author of "Eminent Edwardians" and "Dark Valley", full of brief lives, telling anecdotes and symbolic moments underpinned by the scholarship of an established academic researcher. 'A real achievement' "Independent". 'A disturbingly entertaining story of massacre, famine, rape, torture and loot on a grand scale' "Scotland On Sunday".
No empire has been larger or more diverse than the British Empire. At its apogee in the 1930s, 42 million Britons governed 500 million foreign subjects. Britannia ruled the waves and a quarter of the earth's surface was painted red on the map. Yet no empire (except the Russian) disappeared more swiftly. This title tells this history.