This book tells the story of British imperialism, from its origins in the 16th century to its demise in the 20th. It paints a complex picture of how colonialism worked, showing how it was driven by both economic and political motives, and highlighting both the successes and failures of Britain’s imperial rule.
For who is this book for ?
- The book is extremely well-researched, providing a nuanced and detailed account of British imperialism.
- It provides an insightful perspective on one of the most important but often overlooked aspects of world history.
- It is written in a clear and accessible style, making it suitable for readers with no previous knowledge of this topic.
- The author spends too much time discussing historical minutiae
- The book is poorly organized and difficult to follow
- It offers a one-sided view of British colonialism
Learn more about the author
Caroline Elkins is a Professor of History at Harvard University. She has written extensively on the history of colonialism, and her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction in 2005.
“If you want to understand what shaped the world we live in today, then you need to read this book.”
“An absolutely stunning piece of scholarship. Elkins has produced a work that is exhaustive in its research and unyielding in its analysis. It will be the definitive account of British imperialism for many years to come.”
“A comprehensive and insightful history of the British empire. Eye-opening stuff.”
“An impressively researched and well-written history of the British Empire… Elkins has a gift for making complex topics accessible to the average reader.”