Linda Colley is the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton. Her most recent book is Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850 (Pantheon).
Two new histories of British imperial rule in India take the narrow
view. In fact, the scandal of empire can be isolated neither to Europe
nor to the past.
The story of the American products, producers and salesman that took over Europe in the last century.