The Rise of Empire
Imperialism, expansion and war during the early years of Queen Victoria's reign - how the sun never set on the British Empire.
During the period known as the 'Dual Monarchy', from Queen Victoria's accession in 1837 to the death of her husband, Albert, in 1861, the British Empire almost quintupled in size. This is the story of that extraordinary quarter-century of imperial conquest and the people who made it happen. It is, in particular, the story of the two major and nine medium-sized wars that were fought in the name of trade, civilization and the balance of power. In a fast-moving narrative that ranges from the ministries and royal residences of London to the harsh terrain of India, Russia and the Far East, Saul David shows how Britain ruthlessly exploited her position as the world's only superpower to expand her Empire.
Praise for Saul David: 'Superb, brilliant, magisterial . . . must now be regarded as the definitive history of the Zulu War' Frank McLynn, Literary Review, on Zulu'A remarkable work by a huge new talent' William Dalrymple, Sunday Times, on The Indian Mutiny
Saul David was born in 1966 and studied history at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, receiving his doctorate in 2001. He is the author of seven previous books, including Mutiny at Salerno (made into a BBC Timewatch documentary), The Indian Mutiny (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature) and Zulu. He has presented and appeared in many history programmes, and was the historical consultant for the BBC Timewatch documentary 'Zulu: The True Story'.