I don't really understand who this book is aimed at. My university professor made us study on this book but I found it quite useless. It contains a vague and extremely short "history" of the British Empire which by no means covers half of the information needed and centres on a few remarks made by various historians (though usually always the same ones). It is very pro-Britain and I couldn't bare reading through some of the chapters such as the extremely minimal two lines (literally) dedicated to China and the "so-called Opium Wars" as the author calls them. What an honour to be dedicated two lines in the whole history of the British Empire!
The chapters are also very strangely put together; it begins with the loss of the American colonies and a brief introduction to India (without even setting a bit of background information) and suddenly jumps to the 20th Century and the independence of all the colonies. Then it goes back into 19th Century India and once again moves to a completely pointless chapter about "economy" in the Empire which provides no real information on economy or the Empire. Not to mention the extremely annoying way in which the author constantly moves back and forth in the chronology of the Empire, which simply confuses the reader unless he or she knows the history like the back of their hand, in which case I doubt they would be reading said book, since it does not even provide THAT much additional information on historian's views! A terrible book; I would certainly not recommend this for my students if I were a teacher!