Mpire: meaning, function and the ideas behind the conquest of other lands

On empire: the conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only(Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness). Read the extract from ( Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Howe) then write a page on the meaning and function of empire, and the ideas behind the conquest of other lands.