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The Penguin Historical Atlas of the British Empire
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the British Empire traces the emergence of the world's greatest empire from its earliest beginnings in the British Isles, through its ascendancy in Victorian times, to its ultimate collapse in the mid-20th century. It examines the impact of British dominance in America, India and Africa, and the enormous changes brought by Britain's settleme ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 25th 2006 by Penguin
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I'm a big map junkie so I really enjoyed peering through this book. There's plenty of background information on the various stages of the British Empire, but if you're familiar with this history already, then you can live without reading most of the text and just focus on the maps. Much of the text has no relation to the maps, which is confusing as it doesn't give the maps proper context. Some of the maps are a little confusing to work out the keys, but as I said it was an enjoyable afternoon si ...more
This was a genuinely helpful book for my dissertation. I needed a reputable academic source that discussed the British empire during the Edwardian period, and my subject librarian recommended it. Dalziel's discussion of both the geographic expansion of the empire during this period as well as British society's perception of the empire at the time. It was an excellent support for my discussion of empire and Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out. So go Dalziel! And go librarians!
Mildly interesting way to look at the history and impact of the British Empire (via maps). Not much new or exciting in this short "atlas" of sorts. Interesting sections on world exhibitions and botany (of all things). Use it as a reference, but not for general reading.