This compelling and important history of the British Empire, told from the perspective of 20 people who lived through it, tells the story of one of the largest and most powerful empires in human history.
At one time, the British Empire ruled over almost a quarter of the world’s population. Men, women and children from all walks of life and from across the globe were affected in big and small ways, from the clothes they wore, the food they ate and the languages they spoke to the work they did and the rights they held. This legacy and impact is still evident all over the world today.
This book shines a light on the human aspects of the ‘Empire where the sun never sets’,Â introducingÂ readers to a host of figures, both powerful and modest, who lived through, challenged, and influenced the course of the British Empire.
But how did this empire come to be? And what happened to the people whose lands were colonised?Â The people whose lives were touched?Â This book tells their stories and reclaims this chapter in history by giving voice to 20Â real figures whose perspectives have often been ignored, overlooked orÂ sidelined.
Their stories are told in a first-person narrative style, allowingÂ readers to see through the eyes of these inspiring history-keepers. FromÂ leaders and activists to poets and freedom fighters, the book features a range ofÂ figures from across five continents, shining a light on the human aspect of the BritishÂ Empire.
Meet Queen Nanny, the escaped slave who led a fight for freedom against the British in Jamaica.Â
Hear the story of Rani ofÂ Jhansi, a key figure in the Indian resistance movement against British colonial rule.Â
Learn aboutÂ Tejonihokarawa, the Mohawk leader who travelled to London on a diplomatic mission.Â
These engaging true stories of resistance, community, struggle and hopeÂ will spark conversations, foster a broader, decolonized understandingÂ of the reaches and impacts of colonialism and ultimately leave readers inspired.Â After all, understanding our past and its echoes in our lives today is a step towards aÂ better future.