"Here is a history of verve, valour and vignettes with broad and exciting perspectives that make it wonderfully unfashionable and provocatively readable with the constant eminence of its scholarship and style... This work has power and prestige and will influence our study of empire regardless of discipline or field. We can only hope that this is not the last work of Hyam to help us, as he has for over the past 50 years, in understanding the British Empire." -Reviews in History
"The swansong Hyam offers us in this volume puts the varied and valuable work of this skilled historian on generous display." -Dane Kennedy, Victorian Studies
"...this volume provides a valuable primer to the history of imperial policy, the empire's institutional history, and the worldview of the empire's most committed servants. It also serves to highlight some of the more contentious themes in British imperial historiography today." -Aaron Windel, Journal of World History
Drawing on a lifetime's research and reflection on the history of the British Empire by one of the senior figures in the field, this wide-ranging volume covers key themes essential to understanding the complexities of the British Empire, including religion and ethics, sexuality, geopolitical and economic dynamics and imperial bureaucracy.
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