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'Why Britain?'


How Britain Made the Modern World

Presented by Niall Ferguson

2 x 50' for Channel 4, 2003

This six-part series on the history of the British Empire, presented by Niall Ferguson, then at Oxford but now at Harvard, created a great stir. Shot on locations right round the world, it brought the British Empire back into the mainstream of debate. Many people castigated Ferguson as a latterday imperialist, but this was unfair to him and the series: we were as insistent on the evils of Empire as on the successes.


I was responsible for two of the films: "Why Britain?" about the rise of the British world predominance; and 'Heaven's Breed' about the contradictions at the heart of the Empire during its Victorian heyday. 


'Heaven's Breed'.

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