Penguin Book

Unfinished Empire

John Darwin

Author of the bestselling After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, John Darwin now makes the same brilliant use of anecdote and analysis to tell the story of the British Empire - its rise and fall and its extraordinary range of forms of rule - from settler colonies to island outposts, from Indian princely states to port enclaves. Far from there ever being any serious 'masterplan' the British created an empire through innumerable local advantages, mistakes and initiatives. The result is a remarkable history of the largest and most complicated empire the world has ever known and a serious attempt to describe the contradictory and localized ways in which empires really function. How Empires Work is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand how the modern world came into being.

John Darwin is a University Lecturer and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is the author of After Tamerlane, Britain and Decolonization, The End of the British Empire, Britain, Egypt and the Middle East and The Empire Project.

After Tamerlane (2007) has sold 26,000 copies in the UK and rights have been sold in 8 languages.

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Format TPS
234 x 153mm
16 bw interleaved
Bloomsbury Publishing
The Wylie Agency (UK) Ltd
The Wylie Agency (UK) Ltd
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Audio (Unabridged)
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