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Britain had the biggest empire the world has ever known. At one time a quarter of the global land mass was British. Over a third of the world was insured at Lloyds. At his coronation, more than 400 million people saluted George V. Truly, the sun never set on this historical phenomenon. Whatever the day, whatever the hour, somewhere on the globe, the empire worked and played up and played the British game, often absurdly so. The story of the British Empire is one of enormous personalities, adventure, scientific and maritime development, and the building of one of the most complex international administrations the world has ever seen. The series shows the history of exploration from the 16th century, but more importantly from the mid-18th century to the period shortly before the First World War.
Don't miss out on the rest of the Sceptred Isle: Empire series, with Volume 1 and Volume 2.

And, if you enjoyed the Empire series, then don't miss This Sceptred Isle's telling of the forming of Britain and The Twentieth Century.

© and (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

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"Wonderful....This Sceptred Isle has provided one of the greatest treats for listeners in recent years." (Sunday Times)

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  • Delboy
  • 12-16-06

Superb

The usual excellent quality you'd expect from the BBC and this version is inteligently split into the 15 minute episodes as orginally presented - more than useful, thank you!

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