513pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2014) 2015
Includes a chapter on Cape Town.
"A grand history of the British empire ... this is a book about ideas, for all that it is rich in architectural description, economic fact and colourful anecdote ... well-written, cleverly constructed and beautifully balanced" James McConnachie, Spectator
"An original and inventive approach to tackling empire ... This is a book which is experienced through the life on the streets, in the buildings and across the physical layout of large urban centres, where jostled men and women of different races and creeds ... readable and engaging ... It is a work of great ambition" Kwasi Kwarteng, Standpoint
Historian Tristram Hunt is Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum. He served as MP (2010 - 2017) and as Shadow Secretary of State for Education (2013 - 2015), and was a senior lecturer in British history at Queen Mary, University of London. His books include The English Civil War At First Hand, The Frock-Coated Communist: The revolutionary life of Friedrich Engels and Building Jerusalem: The rise and fall of the Victorian city.