Charlotte Lydia Riley

Imperial Island

Imperial Island

A History of Empire in Modern Britain


Imperial Island shows how empire, its disintegration and its ever-present aftermath have profoundly shaped the British people, their culture, society and politics, throughout the last seventy years.

Drawing on a mass of new research, from personal letters to pop culture, it tells a story of immigration and fractured identity, of social strife and communal solidarity, of people on the move and of a people wrestling with their past.

It is the story that best explains Britain today.

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