The British Empire

Jeremy Paxman travels the world exploring many different aspects of the British Empire. 5 episodes available, below.


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A Taste for Power
1/5 Jeremy Paxman finds out how a small island came to rule a quarter of the world.

Making Ourselves at Home
2/5 Jeremy continues by looking at how settlers spread the British way of doing things.

Playing the Game
3/5 Jeremy continues by tracing the growth of a peculiarly British type of hero.

Making a Fortune
4/5 Jeremy travels to Jamaica, where sugar made plantation owners rich on the backs of slaves.

Doing Good
5/5 The story of how a desire for conquest became a mission to improve the rest of mankind.

Full Playlist:

Also available at BBC website

See also:

Cover picture credit: “The British Empire Anachronous” by The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick

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