Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

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A&C Black, 2012 - Decolonization - 465 pages
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The ghosts of the British Empire continue to haunt today's international scene and many of the problems faced by the Empire have still not been resolved. In Iraq, Kashmir, Burma, Sudan, Nigeria and Hong Kong, new difficulties, resulting from British imperialism, have arisen and continue to baffle politicians and diplomats. This powerful new book addresses the realities of the British Empire from its inception to its demise, skewering fantasies of its glory and cataloguing both the inadequacies of its ideals and the short-termism of its actions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Rivals
29
Monarchy and Revolution
48
Saddam Hussein and Beyond
67
Land for Sale
89
The World of Sir Hari Singh
105
Deadlock
125
White Elephant
145
Twilight over Burma
186
North and South
253
Indirect Rule
273
Hierarchies
327
I7 Democracy Postponed
348
Conclusion
391
Bibliography
433
Index
447

The Road from Mandalay
165

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Kwasi Kwarteng was born in London to Ghanaian parents in 1975. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won one of the University Classical Scholarships and graduated with a double first in Classics and History; and at Harvard University, where he spent a year as a Kennedy Scholar. He returned to Cambridge to complete a Ph.D in History, before working as an analyst for a hedge fund in London. He was recently elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament.

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