Review: Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain

10 Mar

Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Darwin tries to present a rather objective version of the story of Britain’s Empire. He starts from the invasion of Ireland and finishes by the break up of the empire in the post war era. He argues that the empire was continuously in a state of arbitrary and unsystematic expansion motivated primarily by economic reasons and pioneered by individuals and make-shift armies. Unfinished Empire is a refreshing read, it tries to refute almost all other theories successfully and unsuccessfully in order to bring its new interpretation of Britain’s history to the table.

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