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on 11 January 2014
Levine's 'The British Empire' is a thoroughly interesting, well-researched and concise history of Empire. Do not be put off by the negative reviews of this brilliant book, which seem to have been written purely out of disagreement with Levine's historiographical interpretation rather than based on the quality of the work itself.
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on 3 August 2011
This is an unreservedly negative polemic about the British empire - it blames nearly everything that has ever gone wrong in the world on the British Empire and finds no positives whatsoever. It is certainly concise but offers almost no balance, analysis of complexity or wider context at any point.
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VINE VOICEon 31 December 2011
This up-to-date and accurate description of recent postcolonial scholarship may be uncomfortable reading for those who wish to wallow in the nostalgic fantasies of Niall Ferguson and his ilk but good historians who study the British Empire are unafraid to deal with unpalatable truths.

This work is undoubtedly polemical and unreservedly negative in its assessment of the legacy of the British Empire. As such it represents the mainstream academic view and presents a reality that - sadly - many of us are simply too reluctant to face up to. It is a shame that a previous reviewer has decided to malign the academic credentials of the author because she has written something they do not agree with. I would suggest that those who take the pursuit of academic truth more seriously approach this work with the respect it deserves. They might learn something.
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on 23 May 2012
I'm afraid that I found this one of the most uncompromisingly biased books that I've come across. The empire was certainly responsible for many negative items, but to not find any positives whatsoever takes a peculiarly blinkered view of what was a massive institution that existed for nearly 500 years and was inhabited by many millions of people! Breathtakingly naive!
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