How did the English come to see themselves as an imperial race with a mission to conquer and 'civilise'? Kathryn Tidrick's highly acclaimed book explores the origins of the ideal of imperial rule and the effect it had on the character of the English ruling classes. From the Lawrence brothers of the Punjab, Rajah James Brooke of Sarawak and Mountbatten to Frederick Courtenay Selous, Elspeth Huxley and Cecil Rhodes, Tidrick illuminates some of the extraordinary lives and actions of the people that formed and governed the British Empire, from India to Africa and beyond. Enlightening and and entertaining, "Empire and the English Character" sheds a unique and intensely revealing light on the mindsets that forged an empire.
Kathryn Tidrick is the author of Heart-Beguiling Araby: The English Romance with Arabia and Gandhi: A Political and Spiritual Life (both I.B. Tauris). She was born and grew up in Britain and has a Ph.D. in psychology from London University. She has lived in the United States, Jamaica, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and India, and now makes Scotland her home.