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The British Empire shaped the world in countless ways: repopulating continents, carving out nations, imposing its own language and values. For perhaps two centuries its expansion and final collapse were the single largest determinant of historical events, and it remains surrounded by myth, misconception and controversy today. Historian John Darwin will show how diverse, contradictory and in many ways chaotic the British Empire really was.
John Darwin teaches global and imperial history at Oxford University where he is a Fellow of Nuffield College. His recent books include After Tamerlane: the global history of empire since 1405 (Penguin, 2007); The Empire Project: the rise and fall of the British world-system 1830-1970 (Cambridge University Press 2009) and Unfinished Empire: the global expansion of Britain (Penguin, 2012)