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Jeremy Paxman traces the rise and fall of the British Empire.

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Traveling in the footsteps of David Livingstone in Central Africa; Cecil Rhodes; conflict between white settlers and the African population in Kenya.
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Sugar makes plantation owners rich in Jamaica; opium wars; unfair trading sparks the independence movement in India.
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The growth of sport and the sports hero; Victorian explorers search for the source of the Nile; the story of General Gordon; horse racing in Hong Kong; cricket in Jamaica.
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Early British traders wear Indian costume and take Indian wives; a Canadian town exudes pride for its Scottish ancestry; descendants of the first white settlers in Kenya.
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How Britain takes and holds power; Indian soldiers and maharajahs help British traders take over vast areas of land; Britain's temporary peace-keeping visit to Egypt turns into a 70-year occupation.

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