Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe (Hardback)
  • Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe (Hardback)
  • Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe (Hardback)
  • Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe (Hardback)
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Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe (Hardback) Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe (Hardback) Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe (Hardback)

Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe (Hardback)

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Published: 25/01/2024
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The bestselling author of the award-winning Empireland delivers another powerful volume on the far-reaching consequences of British colonialism, this time exploring the UK's imperial legacy on a global scale.

Empireland examined imperialism's lasting impact on Britain.
Empireworld traces the legacies of British empire across the globe.

2.6 billion people are inhabitants of former British colonies. The empire's influence upon the quarter of the planet it occupied, and its gravitational influence upon the world outside it, has been profound: from the spread of Christianity by missionaries to nearly 1 in 3 driving on the left side of the road, and even shaping the origins of international law. Yet Britain's idea of its imperial history and the world's experience of it are two very different things. ­­

In Empireworld, award-winning author and journalist, Sathnam Sanghera extends his examination of British imperial legacies beyond Britain. Travelling the globe to trace its international legacies - from Barbados and Mauritius to India and Nigeria and beyond - Sanghera demonstrates just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world.

And why it's time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241600412
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 238 x 152 x 50 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

If you thought Empireland was beautifully written – this follow up takes you even further – on an extraordinary, entertaining and eye-opening journey around the globe - Sadiq Khan

Essential and absorbing reading for those not afraid to encounter diligently researched, complex, and often contradictory truths about colonial rule and its legacies - Professor Alan Lester

This is a ground-breaking and eye-opening book, that everyone should read. Written with wit, nuance and academic rigour; it is a long overdue look at Empire and its effect on the world - Kavita Puri

Once again, Sathnam Sanghera has advanced the civil conversation we all need to have about empire and its legacies - Jonathan Coe

One of my favourite writers and Empireworld is a must read if you want to understand the world - Greg James, BBC Radio

Another smart, compassionate and essential book about the legacy of Empire and our braided histories - Meera Syal

His writing on empire and colonialism will change how you understand modern Britain - Bella Mackie

This brave, painful, urgent and timely book, is not, in other words, about 'goodies' or 'baddies'. It is about telling the truth about a nation’s imperial past in all its ambiguity — and creating dialogue between everyone who lays claim to Britishness - Jerry Brotton, The Financial Times

This is history with a personal touch . . . today’s history students will have much to ponder . . . there are plenty of new ideas, argued with passion. If Britain wants to move forward as a key player on the world stage, Sanghera demonstrates, we must take time to understand our past — all warts, and all wonders, considered - Alice Loxton, The Sunday Times

Refined, subtle, accurate, analytical, witty, engaging, and questioning . . . this book puts Sanghera in the firmament of great imperial historians. Furthermore, his lucid and accessible writing reaches out to those with closed minds. For that he deserves all the accolades he is sure to get - Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The i

This is history a historian can recognise: a field that demands close study and resists easy generalisation or pat judgments . . . Sanghera’s book admirably marches us into the weeds of peer-reviewed scholarly work - Quinn Slobodian, The New Statesman

A conversation-changing look at the British Empire’s worldwide legacy . . . he’s done his reading. Sanghera is part of a wave of writers and historians changing the terms of debate. This book, with its varied voices and perspectives, widens them further - Robbie Smith, Evening Standard

A nuanced, complicated account of the British empire’s impact on the world as we know it . . . spells out the complexity of historical assessment with painstaking clarity, showing, repeatedly, the deep entwinement of the positive and negative contributions of empire - Nandini Das, Guardian

A powerful sequel - The Irish Independent

Empireworld is an ambitious and valuable conversation starter for a long overdue reckoning with Britain’s colonial past - The Tablet

A remarkable and important work - one that is finely judged, beautifully written and not just a welcome corrective but a book for our times. This is essential reading - Peter Frankopan

An absolute masterpiece - James O'Brien

Engages in deep research and historical re-analysis . . . also a profoundly moving work of personal insight, nuance, intelligence and compassion. Empireworld is a crucial addition to our understanding of the contradictions and legacies of colonial rule - Elizabeth Day

A thoughtful and balanced book that rejects totting up the pluses and minuses of empire. He points out there’s something very odd about saying on the one hand we massacred people in Amritsar and empowered the slave-trade, and on the other hand we built railway lines and opened universities. What he tries to do is give a much richer, fuller picture of its different dimensions. A wonderful book - Rory Stewart

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“Essential reading for understanding Britain’s effect on many of today’s global challenges”

I’ll keep this review short and sweet, as I think it’s important to simply let the book speak for itself.

Suffice to say that Sanghera’s follow up to Empireland, which this time looks at the British Empire’s effect... More

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