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This book is a great read if you don't want to get bogged down ...
on 29 January 2015
Such a vast period of History, starting with Sovereign backed pirates and thugs all out for personal gain to the real collapse of Empire in 1947, which on retrospect mostly seemed to have left a final beneficial effect (railways, communications, sanitation and a whiff of democracy). This book is a great read if you don't want to get bogged down in all the small detail of 300 years of British expansion and then demise. The original Empire builders were men of great military and commercial foresight. The French had great tracks of sand in North Africa, but the Brits took Gibraltar, no bigger than a postage stamp... but you couldn't get into the Med without passing Gib. The same with South Africa, crossing from the Atlantic into the Indian Ocean you had to be on friendly terms with the Brits (food and water) etcetc every strategic port around the world was a focal point for the Empire..... read this book if you want the flavour, warts and all, of an incredible period of history.