The twelve studies of empire-building and empire-builders which make up this volume range widely across the dream world that was the British Empire from the late eighteenth century to the Second World War. The essays re-interpret the work of imperial heroes, eminent historians, and fictional heroines. They illustrate the variety of techniques used by British empire-builders and the variety of explanations they gave to account for their sometimes infamous behaviour.
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Canadian Journal of History, Vol 31, Dec 96 - review by Douglas M Peers, University of Calgary
"Empire-Building and Empire-Builders is vintage Ingram: it is witty, iconoclastic, and sardonic, and yet its playfulness belies the serious scholarship upon which it rests, and the provocative insights it affords. Students of imperial and international history will find in it much that will amuse, excite and (in some cases) infuriate them. What better recommendation is there?