In 1901, the year in which Queen Victoria died, the British Empire was spread out over a quarter of the World’s surface and contained a fifth of its people. It had a huge impact not just on Britain but more importantly on those territories that were part of the British Empire. The world we inhabit has been shaped by that Empire and if we are to fully understand our world and its people, understanding the British Empire is crucial to this understanding. It is my hope that this website can go some way to foster a greater understanding of the British Empire.
Essays to introduce you to the British Empire