Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
Kwasi Kwarteng is the child of parents whose lives were shaped as subjects of the British Empire, first in their native Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a unique perspective and impeccable academic credentials to a narrative history of the British Empire, one that avoids sweeping judgmental condemnation and instead sees the Empire for what it was: a series of local fiefdoms administered in varying degrees of competence or brutality by a cast of characters as outsized and eccentric as anything conjured by Gilbert and Sullivan.
The truth, as Kwarteng reveals, is that there was no such thing as a model for imperial administration; instead, appointees were schooled in quirky, independent-minded individuality. As a result the Empire was the product not of a grand idea but of often chaotic individual improvisation. The idosyncracies of viceroys and soldier-diplomats who ran the colonial enterprise continues to impact the world, from Kashmir to Sudan, Baghdad to Hong Kong.
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Kwarteng looks at several cases of British imperial policy. How did Britain involve itself in Iraq, Kashmir, Sudan, Nigeria, Hong Kong, and Burma, and what has this meant for these countries and the ... Read full review
While I'm not really a history book reader I wasn't sure about reading this after my wife borrowed it from the library.
After the first few pages I was hooked, a great account of the British empire full of detail. It gives you an in-depth insight of how the empire was actually run.