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  • Published: 24 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846146718
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496
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Unfinished Empire

The Global Expansion of Britain




How did a small, rainy island in the Atlantic come to rule most of the world for so long?

The enormous influence of the British Empire cannot be escaped. It has shaped the world in countless ways: repopulating continents, carving out modern nations, imposing its own language, technology and values. For perhaps two centuries its existence, expansion and final collapse were the single largest determinant of historical events. Now that it has gone, it seems to us baffling that such a strange entity should ever have existed.

John Darwin's provocative and richly enjoyable new book is an attempt to make us see anew how diverse, strange and in many ways chaotic the British Empire really was, controlled by a range of interests often at loggerheads with each other and as much driven on by others' weaknesses as by its own strength.

  • Published: 24 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846146718
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496
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John Darwin

John Darwin is a University Lecturer and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. 

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