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The Barmy British Empire (Horrible Histories)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Barmy British Empire gives you the brutal facts about how Britannia ruled the waves - from infamous antics in India to dreadful deeds down under.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 2002 by Scholastic
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Though I read this because it was pretty much the only book I had to hand, I loved it. I always like Horrible Histories, they're educational, fun, quick reads. The only problem I had was the fact that Native Americans were continually called Indians, it would have been nice if there was a little context given there, that they were once (very incorrectly called Indians) but we now know this is wrong. Am I asking too much???
Reading through this you do get the feeling "wow, we were d*cks". Fascinating to read
Again, I really enjoy the Horrible History books; they're a nice overview of certain eras (though this one in particular is a little broad) and give the little horrible anecdotes that make learning history so fun. Dinged it two stars because, again, this one is a little broad in focus, because I spotted one or two inaccuracies, and because Terry Deary recently has seemed more interested in his own profits than in education, and I'm not sure how much of that attitude carried into the books. Still ...more
I love these horrible history books. They are filled with funny/gruesome facts, accompanied by pictures (which are varying between eww and lol). It is a fun way to learn stuff, especially recommended to kids. I am sure even the kids who don't like to learn will love this book, and in the end they will learn something too. :)

I needed an overview of history for a refresh on my degree course, but with so much boring reading to do I wanted it to be fun - hence I chose this book. It's probably fine to get kids in to the basics of history, but I found it lacking in any real basis and structure. Not for me, but great for the kids.
Catherine Woodman
Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated books published in the UK by Scholastic. They are designed to get children interested in history by concentrating on the trivial, unusual, gory, or unpleasant. They are exceptionally well loved by my history loving children
A evenly represented account of the atrocities the British implemented against the areas they conquered, and the atrocities that the natives implemented against each other or on the British. As always, the fun facts are entertaining and sometimes horrorifying.
As with all Horrible Histories titles, The Barmy British Empire will amaze and appall children and adults alike. Freaky facts and terrible truths from despicable days gone by. Us Brits weren’t always the good guys!
Nathan R
This was was a fun one to read and an interesting one. There are some pretty disgusting facts which i never thought could be true. It was short and easy to read but still a good laugh. :P
Xerxes Anaximander Phoenixlight
Not as entertaining as the other books. Pft.
Arthur Young
This book tells you a lot about the British empire, it is a great book for learning about fairly recent history. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
A fun and entertaining read. A very enjoyable way to learn about this topic.
Most of this book is that the slave trade so it got a bit boring.
J. D.
Amusing, easy, instructive read.
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A former actor, theatre-director and drama teacher, Deary says he began writing when he was 29. Most famously, he is one of the authors of the Horrible Histories series of books popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. Books in the series have been widely translated into other languages ...more
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