Great post which deserves recognition :

Citizen Tom

churchill's empireI am in the process of reading a book about Sir Winston Churchill. For the most part, what I know about Churchill relates to his role as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. Churchill’s Empireby Richard Toye focuses on focuses on Churchill’s beliefs and his role with respect to British imperialism (see here,here and here for reviews).

I doubt most Americans give the matter much thought now, but at one time the British Empire was huge.

By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about 458 million people, one-fifth of the world’s population at the time.The empire covered more than 33,700,000km2 (13,012,000sqmi), almost a quarter of the Earth’s total land area.As a result, its political,legal, linguistic and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, the phrase “the empire on which the sun never sets” was often used…

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