The Myth of the Civilizing Empire
This chapter examines the history of the empire of Roman Britain. It explains that Roman Britain began with Emperor Claudius' state-sponsored invasion to restore the exiled king and Roman client Verica to power during AD 43. It discusses the assimilationist policies of the Romans and the achievements of imperial Rome which served as a touchstone for succeeding western empire builders. This chapter also considers the causes of the collapse of Roman Britain and its implications for the study of empires.
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