This is the story of the age of empire, the imperial rivalries of the great powers and the effects- for good and ill – on those countries which were colonised. Africa, Australasia and India of course figure prominently in the story. China and Japan, ancient civilisations for long a closed book to the west but now being opened up, also feature. In addition the United States went through a bloody civil war but recovered to step for the first time onto the world stage.
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