Empire: Britain's Imperial History

Empire: Britain's Imperial History


  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release Date: 2012-02-27
  • Episodes: 5
  • iTunes Price: USD 8.99
  • iTunes HD Price: USD 13.99
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Empire tells the story of Britain’s grand imperial venture, from the arrival of the earliest explorers through colonization and to the final lowering of the Union Jack. Hosted by veteran BBC broadcaster Jeremy Paxman (The Victorians), this five-part series examines the impact of the empire and how it continues to exert an influence today. What drove the British to leave the security of their island home for parts unknown? How did they take and then hold on to power? In what ways did they change the lands they conquered, and how did those lands and their peoples change them? To help answer those questions, Paxman travels to India, the Middle East, Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far East—the outposts of an empire four times larger than ancient Rome’s and on which the sun famously never set. There, he finds extraordinary individuals and an enduring legacy that, for good or ill, continues to shape the behaviors and beliefs of peoples all around the globe, as well as in Britain itself.


Title Time Price
1 A Taste for Power 58:38 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
2 Making Ourselves At Home 58:05 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
3 Playing the Game 58:09 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
4 Making a Fortune 58:20 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
5 Doing Good 58:56 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes



  • Typical Historical Revisonist Poop

    By holodecknerd
    One would think the British Empire did nothing but rape and enslave it subjects in an incompetent, meddlesome and totally selfish manner, listening to this modern apology for Great Britain's colony/expansionist period. Sure, greed and power drive powerful nations, but that is not all. The Victorian Era greatly increased our knowledge of our world, and in the process improved the living conditons of its colonies. The Empire brought stability and Western Civilization to much of the world. Regardless of modern teaching, Western Civilization (a product of the Church) is the greatest the world has ever known, and ironically, the foundation of the great centers of learning that now revise history to condemn it.