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    Description"A 'fascinating, lively and often moving book' - John M. MacKenzie, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth Historyp/p/ '...a remarkably impressive book ...The story he [Foster] tells is an extraordinary one; indeed if it were written in the fictional genre of the family saga you would think he was stretching credulity.' - Professor Stuart Macintyre launches A Private Empire at the National Library, Canberrap/p/ 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."

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    A Private Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Foster
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 899 g
    ISBN 13: 9781741965056
    ISBN 10: 1741965055

    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: HBTG, HBTQ
    BISAC V2.8: BIO012000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    DC22: 920.00929163
    Thema V1.0: NHTG, NHTQ
    Illustrations note
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    Imprint name
    PIER 9
    Publication date
    01 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Millers Point
    Author Information
    Stephen Foster is a historian and museum specialist based in Canberra, where he has lived for the past thirty years. He has served as executive editor of a multi-volume history marking the bicentenary of European settlement in Australia, principal of a heritage consultancy, a general manager at the National Museum of Australia, and a professor at the Australian National University, where he developed graduate programs in museums and collections. For A Private Empire he has travelled often to Scotland, as well as pursuing the story to Guyana, India and remote parts of Australia.