'How did Britain come to rule the world?' asks Niall Ferguson in Empire. What would today's world be like now if it hadn't? Could such an organisation – run by, according to Winston Churchill, 'the greedy trader, the inopportune missionary, the ambitious soldier and the lying spectator' – ever have been a force for good?
Niall Ferguson – writer and presenter of the Channel 4 series Empire – is Herzog Professor of Financial History at New York University and Visiting Professor of Political and Financial History at Oxford University. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War and The Cash Nexus and editor of Virtual History
This is the 6 part series first aired in 2003, It is an excellent and refreshing view of the character, rise and eventual fall of the British Empire and it's effect on the world.