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As for Dr Porters study, this reviewer found it one of the mostcaptivating pieces he had read for a long time: his book abounds in wit, isstudded with brief but telling phrases, and reveals an unerring eye for therelevant fact and appositeMoreAs for Dr Porters study, this reviewer found it one of the mostcaptivating pieces he had read for a long time: his book abounds in wit, isstudded with brief but telling phrases, and reveals an unerring eye for therelevant fact and apposite quotation.Paul Kennedy, The Historical JournalAn extremely well-written, cleverly constructed bookAndrew Porter, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth HistoryThe book is still the best short study of its subject...Some willdoubtless treat it as a textbook: and it is indeed full of accurateinformation, telling phrases and aptly-deployed quotations, all presentedin a very lively and readable manner. In fact, it is a clear, coherent andwell substantiated interpretation...Iain R. Smith Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth HistoryA most valuable key to modern British colonial history. From this grippingand lucid exposition, we may gather an understanding not only of theinitial intricacies of colonial problems...but of their alarming legacies.Gerard Douds, History TodayThis lively, original and authoritative history of British imperialism fromits Victorian heyday to present times has been a favourite for some years.For this 4th edition it has been thoroughly revised and updated, with a newand expansive introduction exploring the problems and historiography ofimperialism generally, and an additional final chapter taking the storythrough to the ¿new imperialism¿ of the early 21st century. Other newfeatures are a chronology of events, an updatedbibliography, and a sectionof plates illustrating various aspects of empire and imperialism.Bernard Porter is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Newcastle.He has published extensively in the areas of British imperial, foreign andsecurity service history, including The Absent Minded Imperialists:Empire,Culture and Society (2004).