The British Empire

General Reading:

Porter B, The Lions's Share, 1975

Paxman J, Empire What ruling the World did for the British, 2011

Marshall P ed, British Empire, 1996

Morris J, Heaven's Command, An Imperial Progress, 1973

James L, The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, 1994

Brendon p, The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 2007

Ferguson N, Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, 2003

Searle G.R., A New England? 2004

Darwin J, Unfinished Empire, 2012

David S, Victoria’s Wars, 2006

Johnson R, British Imperialism, 2003

McDonough F, The British Empire 1815-1914, 1994

Williams S, Running the Show, 2011


Pakenham T, The Scramble for Africa, 1991

Pakenham T, The Boer War, 1979

Kruger R, Goodbye Dolly Gray, 1959

Judd D and Surridge K, The Boer War, 2002

Nasson B, The Boer War, 2010

David S, Zulu, 2004

The Boer War Diary of Sol Plaatje, ed J. Comaroff, An African at Mafeking, 1973

Gardner B, Mafeking, 1966

Roberts B, Those Bloody Women: Three Heroines of the Boer War, 1991

March Philips L, With Rimington, 1902

Sharp G, The Siege of Ladysmith, 1976


Gilmour D, The Long Recessional, The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling, 2002

Kipling R, The Five Nations, 1903

Kipling R, Collected Poems of, Wordsworth 1994


James L, Raj, The Making and Unmaking of British India, 1997

Hibbert C, The Great Mutiny: India 1857, 1978

Pemble J, ed, Miss Fane in India, 1985

Dalrymple W, White Mughals, 2003

Dalrymple W, The Last Mughal, 2006

General Biography

Fisher J, That Miss Hobhouse, 1971

Kochanski H, Sir Garnet Wolseley, 1999

Judd D, Radical Joe, 1977

Taylor R, Lord Salisbury, 1975

Low CR, A Memoir of Lieutenant-General Sir Garnet J. Wolseley, 1878

Thomas A, Rhodes: The Race for Africa, 1996

Further Reading: non-fiction

The books in the reading lists below are not intended to be an exhaustive list but merely represent those that I have used in my own studies of the British Empire. I would welcome any suggestions of books that could be sdded to this list.

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