The British Empire: Sunrise to Sunset
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Philippa Levine
- Publish Date: 2013-03-14
This is a broad survey of the history of the British Empire from its beginnings to its demise.Â It offers a comprehensive analysis not just of political events and territorial conquests but paints a picture of what life was like under colonial rule, both for those who ruled and for those whose countries came under British authority.
There has been a lively debate in recent years about whether empires generally are good or bad things, and the British Empire has been very much at the centre of that debate, with a number of voicesÂ arguing that it was a kinder, gentler Empire than its rivals. This book speaks specifically to that debate, and also to a second and equally vigorous debate about whether anyone in Britain actually cared about the possession of an Empire.