Richard Toye: Churchill's Empire

The decline and fall of imperialism

Robin Prior

 

Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made
by Richard Toye
Pan Macmillan, $70 hb, 440 pp, 9780230703841

 

Empires are out of fashion. The idea of one people ruling over another has had its day. The mention of any empire – with the possible exception of the Roman one, for which people still have a certain fondness – will almost invariably meet with deprecating comments, even derision. The Dutch, the French, the Belgian, the German, the Russian (if it is even remembered that Russia had an empire), and the British empires have all been cast into the dustbin of history and are things to be generally lamented.

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Published in March 2011 no. 329

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