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What Was The British Empire?: In 25 True Stories
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What Was The British Empire?: In 25 True Stories (Hardback)

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This compelling and important history of the British Empire, told from the perspective of the 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', introducing readers to a host of figures, both powerful and modest, who lived through, challenged, promoted and influenced the course of the British Empire.

Learn about Edward Colston, the British merchant who made his fortune selling and transporting slaves from Africa to the Americas, then meet Queen Nanny, the escaped slave who led a fight for freedom against the British in Jamaica.

Hear from Robert Clive, the first British Governor of Bengal, known for laying the foundation of the British Empire in India, then hear the story of Rani Ki Jansi, a key figure in the Indian resistance movement against British colonial rule.

Through the first-person narratives and expressive illustrations, readers will feel like they're truly meeting the figures whose lives were bound up in and impacted by the British Empire.

Our Stories, Our Lives: The British Empire provides a starting point for young readers to delve into this important topic and discover eye-opening stories from varied figures across five continents. They will find familiar figures such as explorer Captain James Cook, missionary David Livingstone and independence activist Mahatma Gandhi, as well as lesser-known global figures, including Field Marshal Muthoni, a female forest fighter in the Mau Mau uprising, Lin Zexu, the Chinese official who tried to stop the dangerous British opium trade, Tejonihokarawa, the Mohawk leader who travelled to London on a diplomatic mission, Margaret Tucker, the activist who campaigned for indigenous rights, and many more.

This unique book gives readers the chance to discover the positions, viewpoints and experiences of different figures within or affected by the British Empire and helps them develop a broader understanding of the reaches and impacts of colonialism.

Children'sGeneral non-fictionHistory general interestChildren'sGeneral non-fictionPeople & placesChildren'sPersonal & social issuesRacism & multiculturalism Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions Publication Date: 02/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9780711266933  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Radhika Natarajan is assistant professor of history and humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She is a historian of Modern Imperial Britain and her research focuses on decolonisation and citizenship in the British imperial world. Her syllabus on imperialism teaches how students how opposition to imperialism unites the struggles of our times, and to recognise empire is to take a necessary step towards a more just world. Chao Tayiana is a Kenyan digital humanities scholar and historian. For Chao, history is both a restorative and revolutionary act: a communion with her ancestors and a constant dialogue with the realities of her present. She is a co-founder of the Museum of British Colonialism, a volunteer collective working to communicate a more truthful account of British colonial history, where she leads digital engagement. She is also also a co-founder of the Open Restitution Africa project, an Africa-led initiative seeking to open up access to information on restitution of African material culture and human ancestors. Alexander Mostov is a Seattle-based illustrator whose work has been featured by Google, Facebook, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Previous books include D-Day: Untold Stories of the Normandy Landings Inspired by 20 Real-Life People published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2019.

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