作者的文笔很不错。而且深度也有。就看最前面的介绍就很有启发性。Imperial states such as Britain were not the all-powerful monolithic entities their colonies and spheres of influence imagined them to be.The reality was somewhat different. Britain and other imperial states were vulnerable. British leasers well understood their vulnerability and the dangers of overstretching their resources across the globe. For that reason they exercised diplomacy, negotiation and persuasion while keeping the gunboat as a last resort. The problem for Victorians was that the newly acclaimed of universal public good caused those in power to question the authenticity of their actions and weakened their ability to take decisive action.The colonies were manages largely by low-level Europeans through a complex of personal alliances.