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The Penguin Historical Atlas of the British Empire (Penguin Reference) [Paperback]

Nigel Dalziel , John Mackenzie
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25 May 2006 Penguin Reference
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 settlement of Australasia. Coverage of major events - the colonization of Ireland, the American Revolution, the South African wars - is complemented by discussion of themes such as Imperial exploitation and trade, hunting for plants and animals, the Imperial exhibitions and the importance of British naval power. Also assessed are the impact of the Empire on different areas of the world and the legacy it has bestowed. Richly illustrated with photographs and full-colour maps, this is an illuminating and multi-faceted one-volume introduction to the rise and fall of the British Empire.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141018445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141018447
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 21.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Nigel Dalziel is the curator of the Lancaster Maritime Museum and the editor of numerous collections of Victorian photographs.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a fantastic, a concise historical reference of the whole span of the British Empire from 1100 up to today. The maps are of course the main thing in a historical atlas and these don't disappoint. They are very detailed and clear and there are lots of them. The book breaks down into 2-3 page sections e.g. "Conflict in Canada", "Peopling the Empire", with a map or two and substantial supporting text. Freshingly for books on the empire it sticks to the facts and doesn't overly indulge political or moral anaylsis that can often overshadow the events in books on this subject.

At 144 pages long it's fairly short, but as an overview I'd find it hard to beat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of the Cartograher's Art and the Historian's and Geographer's Expertise 13 Feb 2007
By El Cutachero - Published on Amazon.com
This review can be applied as well to all the atlases in this series.
The title is spot on. Anything you might need to satisfy a lingering curiousity about the Romans, the Celts, the Anglo Saxons and various other peoples arriving or departing from Britain while roaming the world get a highly condensed introduction.
All subjects "animal, mineral, and vegetable", to quote Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan, can be found herein, plus economical, sociological, and anthropological.
How the inhabitats of the British Isles, a thinly populated group on the edge of the world and how they ended up controlling over half the world is here with more detail on the era since the Renaissance, the period of the the Empire's beginnings. The Dominions and Australia are covered also.
The book is typical of the publisher, well thought, well designed and clear. Each major topic is covered by at least two pages arranged side by side. Each chapter consists of text and one or more cartographic gems commpiled at a scale which facilitates the reader's comprehension of the narrative.
This volume is part of a series of similarly designd volumes, covering matters which are best understood in geospatial terms.
As a professional cartographer and geographer I thoroughly appreciate the thought of which this is the result.
My only quibble is the size of the books in this series. It would be much more useful in the magazine size rather than the trade paperback size it is in. The recommended size is still holdable when seated in your arm chair, and you would not need a stand or table as for full size atlases.
. Unfortunately most historical books lack adequate maps or any at all. I once read one in whiich the major city that was at the center of the narrative was missing from the sorry sketch that was passed off as a map!
A great virtue is its usefulness as a companion to more detailed works on the multitude of subjects merely touched on here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice maps but can be confusing 23 Feb 2013
By Jon Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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 sitting down to read this book. Excellent addition to my British Empire reference library. I particularly enjoyed the sections on British expansion in America and Australia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and brief summary of success 8 Aug 2013
By Jari Paakkarinen - Published on Amazon.com
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This short atlas makes an excellent reading on travel for example. All the essentials are there, plus a very interesting analysis on the British Empire's submarine cables since 1860's. Combined with the seven fleets located in different corners of the Empire this creates a fascinating parallel to today's USA.
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3.0 out of 5 stars dogma or history? 15 Nov 2010
By tootsie - Published on Amazon.com
This book is more politically correct dogma than history. Much basic information is left out to leave room for yammering on with PC dogma. A historian is supposed to tell history as the people of the time understood it -- not judge people by today's standards.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MAPS GOOD, WRITING NOT SO MUCH 13 Jun 2013
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The maps are very helpful. The writing is the just the self-loathing that the British Ministry of Truth seems to require about the Bad Old Empire: full of distortion and omission. Buy it for the maps; ignore the rest.
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