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

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A&C Black, Aug 15, 2011 - History - 465 pages
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The British Empire was the creation of a tremendous outpouring of energy and opportunism, when the British were at their most self-confident, and the wealth they gathered was prodigious. At its heart lay a sense of the rectitude of the British way of life, meted out to vast swathes of the rest of the world without let or hindrance.

Yet, as this book shows, the empire was not formed by coherent policy, and its decline reflected this: its later years were characterised by a series of accidental oversights, decisions taken without due consideration for the consequences, and uncertain pragmatism. Many of the world's trouble spots are those left behind by the chaotic retreat of empire, and its ghosts continue to haunt today's international scene. The problems the empire encountered have still not been resolved and in Iraq, Kashmir, Burma, Sudan, Nigeria and Hong Kong new difficulties have arisen which continue to baffle politicians and diplomats.

This powerful new book addresses the realities of the British Empire from its inception to its demise, questioning the nature 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
e World of Sir Hari Singh
105
Deadlock
125
White Elephant
145
e Finest Body ofMen
234
North and South
253
e Centre Cannot Hold
273
Yellow Sun
298
Hierarchies
327
Democracy Postponed
348
Red Dawn
369
Conclusion
391

e Road from Mandalay
165
Twilight over Burma
186
An Imperial Hero
211
Bibliography
433
Index
447
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About the author (2011)

Kwasi Kwarteng was born in London to Ghanaian parents. He has a PhD in History from Cambridge University and was recently elected as the Member of Parliament for Spelthorne in Surrey. Ghosts of Empire is his first book.

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