First of all, here’s perhaps the best-known take on British imperialism from a ‘native’ perspective, the brilliant 1958 short novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe who died a few years ago. If you haven’t read it, definitely consider giving it a go – you’ll never forget its brilliant, terrible protagonist Okonowo, the greatest wrestler in the nine villages!
There’s quite a few books on the end of the British Empire – I like this one by Peirs Brendon, which also covers the Victorian heyday of empire. He tends to cover one country or area per chapter so if you’re particularly interested in one particular place, this might be a good choice.
Jan Morris, soldier, historian, journalist (she covered the Suez Crisis), published the final book in her trilogy on the British Empire in 1978. It’s called Farewell the Trumpets – highly recommended.
If you’d like to watch more of the documentary we had a look at, here it is on YouTube.