45. THE HUNGRY EMPIRE: HOW BRITAIN’S QUEST FOR FOOD SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD

Baillie Gifford Tent, Thu 28th June 15:30 - 16:30 (60 mins)

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Lizzie Collingham will argue that Britain was driven to explore and expand across the globe by the need to feed its population, rather than by the lure of gold, silver and gems. She will show how the insatiable appetite of the British Empire shaped the lives of millions, from West African slaves and Bengali opium farmers to gauchos in Argentina and pioneers in the American West.