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From the rise of the British Empire to its collapse, this series provides an unbiased view of the Empire's history and it's influence on the world. 

First published in 1971 by Time-Life in association with the BBC ending in 1973. The series was later re-issued by Orbis. As was common with these series the page numbers follow sequentially once the cover has been removed and bound to resemble an encyclopedia. 

There are two types of binders used in the series 
a red leatherette type binder with a metal clasping mechanism and gold lettering/design on the front and spine. This edition was sometimes also housed in a plain blue binder adopted by Orbis in the re-release. 

The covers often contained fascinating imagery and sometimes features on British Military Uniforms. As the series was intended to be bound, issues without covers are more readily available.


 

PRODUCTS
BE Issue 01
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Victoria's Reign: Highnoon of Empire
BE Issue 02
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Dawn of Empire: Tudor England's Heroic Explorers
BE Issue 03
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Showdown with Spain: Drake Beats the Armada
BE Issue 04
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Black Ivory: Britain's Infamous Slave Trade
BE Issue 05
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Earth's Only Paradise: A New England in America
BE Issue 06
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Britannia Claims the Wealth of the Indies: The Wealth of the Indies
BE Issue 07
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The Conquest of Canada: Quebec: End of the Franch Dream
BE Issue 08
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The Assault on India: Plassery: Triumph Against Enormous Odds
BE Issue 09
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America's Road to Rebellion: England's "tyrant" taxes and fiery Yankee reprisals
BE Issue 10
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The World Turned Upside Down: Global War: America Victorious, France Crushed
BE Issue 11
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The World Revealed: Captain James Cook puts Australia on the Map
BE Issue 12
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The Coming of the Raj: The British Master India
BE Issue 13
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Early Days Down Under: Australia - From Convict Colony to Fledgling Nation
BE Issue 14
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The Clash of Cultures: The British force their ways on native India
BE Issue 15
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Nelson at Trafalgar: Triumph and Tragedy
BE Issue 16
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Planters and Pirates: Sugar-Kings and Freebooters of the British Caribbean
BE Issue 17
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Revolt Against Slavery: Wilberforce Crusades for Abolition. Slaves rise in the Caribbean
BE Issue 18
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The Struggle for the Cape
BE Issue 19
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Disaster Avenged: India's North-West Frontier
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Into the Dark Continent: The British unveil West Africa
BE Issue 21
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The Opium War: China Corrupted by Force
BE Issue 22
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Buccaneers of the East: Raffles in Singapore, Brooke of Sarawak
BE Issue 23
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The Indian Mutiny: Shock Revolt, Savage Reprisals
BE Issue 24
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Specks Upon the Sea: A Scattering of Imperial Islands
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Maori Challenge: The Settling of New Zealand
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Livingstone & Stanley: Opening the Heart of Africa
BE Issue 27
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Light in the Darkness: Missionaries and the Empire
BE Issue 28
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The Business of the Empire: British Trade Spans the Seas
BE Issue 29
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Buckets of Diamonds: The Precious Pebbles of Kimberley
BE Issue 30
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War on the Veld: British, Zulus and Boers at each others' throats
BE Issue 31
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Canada Makes Good: Klondike Gold Rush makes World News
BE Issue 32
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A Remote Elite: Anglo-Indians at Work and Play
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Mystique of Empire: The Makers of a Victorian Mythology
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Enlarging the Jewel: The Conquest of Burma and Ceylon
BE Issue 35
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Guardians of the Empire: The Far Flung Imperial Army
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Britannia Rules the Waves: The Navy - Keeper of the Imperial Peace
BE Issue 37
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Source of the Nile: The Men who found it
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From Suez to Khartoum: Gordon's Death: Kitchener's Revenge
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Take-over in East Africa
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White Man's Grave: Winning West Africa's fever-ridden Hinterland
BE Issue 41
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On Tour Round the Empire
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Australia strikes it Rich
BE Issue 43
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Opening the Outback: Explorers find the Dry Heart of Australia
BE Issue 44
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Abyssinian Adventure
BE Issue 45
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Empire of Iron & Steel
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Peace-Keepers of the Prairies: The Mounties tame Canada's Wild West
BE Issue 47
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The New Rome: London as Imperial Capital
BE Issue 48
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The Great Game: Britain keeps the Russian Bear from India
BE Issue 49
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Rivals for the Heartland: The Struggle for Rhodesia and the Transvaal
BE Issue 50
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Industrial Explosion: Britain's inaugurates the Modern Age
BE Issue 51
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China Humiliated: The Celestial Empire controlled by Foreigners
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The Imperial Machine: The bureaucracy behind the Edifice of Empire
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Eyewitnesses to Empire: The Men who recorded Imperial Events
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Kings in all but Name: The Men who Ruled India
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Rule Britannia!: Hope and Glory for Armchair Imperialists
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The Boer War: John Bull's Bitter Victory
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The Boer War: Eye Witnesses to Conflict
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A Most Superior Person: George Nathaniel Curzon, Viceroy Extraordinary
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A Parade of Princes: India's Rajahs and Maharajahs, Nizams and Nawebs
BE Issue 61
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The Mask of Savagery: The Art of the Empire's Subject Peoples
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Antarctic Epic: Scott, Shackleton, Ross: Explorer-Heros of the Frozen South
BE Issue 63
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The Top Families: Aristocrats and Empires
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Women in a Man's Empire: Wives, Feminists, Missionaries and Prostitutes
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Scuppering Britain's "Fossil" Navy: Fighting Admiral Fisher
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The Empire at War: 1914-19
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The War Overseas: 1914-19
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Birthpangs of Commonwealth: The Five Dominions Assert their Freedom
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Revolt Against the Raj: Ghandi leads the revolt
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Road to Suez: Britain reaps the Egyptian Whirlwind
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Empire in El Dorado: Latin America's "English Century
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Army at Ease: Military Manners at home and abroad
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Imperial Facade
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Prophet of the New Empire: South Africa's Jan Christiaan Smuts
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Lawrence and his Legacy
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The Empire in Peril: 1939-43 The Second World War, Victory at Alamein & Defeat at Singapore
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Malta: Prize of the Mediterranean
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Road to Victory: 1943-46
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The All - Red Routes: Steamships, Cables and Aircraft Bind the Empire
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The Empire on Film
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Palestine: Britain's Crown of Thorns - Jews Return to the Holy Land
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Britain's Arabian Oil Empire: Rise and Fall
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The Lost Jewel: Britain Loses India, 14 Million People Lose their Homes
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Britain's Pacific Islands: The Struggle for Men, Goods, Souls and Land
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Because it's There
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Uhuru for Kenya: Kenyatta
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India & Pakistan: The Struggle for Identity
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Africa's Wind of Change
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Britain's Imperial Rivals: King Leopold Squeezes the Congo, France Bleeds in Vietnam and Algeria
BE Issue 90
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Divided Ireland: The Heritage of Ancient Hatreds
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King Sugar's Bitter Bequest
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How Others Saw Us
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Cyprus: Island of Sorrows
BE Issue 94
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Presence that Changed the World
BE Issue 95
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Loose Ends of Empire
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Retreat in the Far East
BE Issue 97
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Balance Sheet of Empire
BE Issue 98
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