Britannia’s Empire: Making a British World

Written by Bill Nasson
Review by John R. Vallely

Larger-than-life figures such as Wolfe, Rhodes, Drake, Gordon, Clive, Raffles, Brooke and Roberts occupy center stage in histories of the Empire upon which the sun never set. Balancing these amazing personalities and the benefits that came with the Union Jack are squalid examples of callous disregard for ancient customs and traditions and a disturbing emphasis on race and religion. A balanced view of this astonishing empire is provided by South African Bill Nasson in a work which provides a finely crafted introduction and refreshingly unbiased look at a fascinating phenomenon.