24427 FOSTER , Stephen :
A PRIVATE EMPIRE.
Pier 9 .London,Sydney ,2010 Large quality softcover.pp.400.illustrated ,index ,new.
A Private Empire explores Britain’s imperial past through the eyes and experiences of a single family. Historian Stephen Foster focuses on the Macphersons of Blairgowrie in Scotland, who recorded their private and public lives through five generations in an extraordinary archive of letters, documents and diaries. Elegantly presented with contemporary paintings and photographs, A Private Empire tells an intimate story of ambition and frustration, love and deception, wisdom and folly, pride and shame, passion and restraint, an attachment to place, an affection for kin-all set against the grand shifting background of Britain’s imperial rule.from the Battle of Culloden in 1746 to the muddy plantations of Guyana ,Mughal India to Colonial Australia’s lawless frontier .