The Growth of the British Empire

First published in 1903, this classic book by M.B. Synge is one within a series that takes students through all the major events in Western Civilization, from earliest recorded history to the end of the nineteenth century.

This particular book, The Growth of the British Empire, includes stories on the revolutions in South America and Mexico, the Boer War in South Africa, the exploration of Central Africa, the Greek and Italian wars for independence, the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the opening of trade with Japan and China, and the rebellion in India, just to name a few. While statesmen and military commanders figure heavily in the narrative, stories of explorers, scientists, artists, authors, and religious figures are also presented.

The author writes in an engaging fashion, using dialogue frequently to bring scenes to life. She juxtaposes events happening at the same time in different parts of the world in a style reminiscent of the books of Genevieve Foster. This series is an excellent introduction to world history for readers in middle school up through secondary school. Black and white period illustrations appear throughout the books, as well as famous quotes and Bible verses. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.

You can look inside the book here.