Empireland examined imperialism’s lasting impact on Britain.
Empireworld traces the legacies of British empire across the globe.
2.6 billion people are inhabitants of former British colonies. The empire’s influence upon the quarter of the planet it occupied, and its gravitational influence upon the world outside it, has been profound: from the spread of Christianity by missionaries to nearly 1 in 3 driving on the left side of the road, and even shaping the origins of international law. Yet Britain’s idea of its imperial history and the world’s experience of it are two very different things.
In Empireworld, award-winning author and journalist, Sathnam Sanghera extends his examination of British imperial legacies beyond Britain. Travelling the globe to trace its international legacies – from Barbados and Mauritius to India and Nigeria and beyond – Sanghera demonstrates just how deeply British imperialism is baked into our world.
And why it’s time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire.
“A remarkable and important work – one that is finely judged, beautifully written and not just a welcome corrective but a book for our times. This is essential reading.”
Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History, author of The Silk Roads.
“Essential and absorbing reading for those not afraid to encounter diligently researched, complex, and often contradictory truths about colonial rule and its legacies.”
Professor Alan Lester
“To read Sathnam Sanghera is to understand the world anew. Vanishingly few writers can lay claim to his breadth of talent. Not only does Empireworld engage in deep research and historical re-analysis, it is also a profoundly moving work of personal insight, nuance, intelligence and compassion, elevated on every page by the sheer quality of his writing. Empireworld is a crucial addition to our understanding of the contradictions and legacies of colonial rule but it is also a book that helps us become better humans. I am in awe of Sanghera for writing it.”
“This is a groundbreaking and eye-opening book, that everyone should read. Written with wit, nuance and academic rigour; it is a long overdue look at Empire and its effect on the world.”
“Once again, Sathnam Sanghera has advanced the civil conversation we all need to have about Empire and its legacies.”