Book cover of Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire by Caroline Elkinsby Caroline Elkins

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian: a searing study of the British Empire that probes the country’s pervasive use of violence throughout the twentieth century and traces how these practices were exported, modified, and institutionalized in colonies around the globe

Sprawling across a quarter of the world’s land mass and claiming nearly seven hundred million people, Britain’s twentieth-century empire was the largest empire in human history. For many Britons, it epitomized their nation’s cultural superiority. But what legacy did the island nation deliver to the world? Covering more than two hundred years of history, Caroline Elkins reveals an evolutionary and racialized doctrine that espoused an unrelenting deployment of violence to secure and preserve the nation’s imperial interests.

Interview with the Author

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Empire of blood
6/3/22            51 min

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In Conversation: Toby Mundy and Caroline Elkins (2022 Shortlist)
11/4/22          30 min

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