- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bookmarks; New Edition edition (24 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905192126
- ISBN-13: 978-1905192120
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 5.6 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire Paperback – 24 Sep 2006
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George Bush's 'War on Terror' has inspired a forest of books about the new American Empire. But what about Britain's role in the world? "A People's History of the British Empire" challenges the claim that the British Empire was a kinder, gentler empire and suggests that the description of 'Rogue State' is more fitting. How many people today know about Britain's deep involvement in the opium drug trade in China, or that Tony Blair's hero Gladstone devoted his maiden parliamentary speech to defending his family's slave plantation in Jamaica? John Newsinger has written a wonderful popular history of key episodes in British imperial history. He pays particular attention to the battles of the colonised to free themselves of its baleful rule, including Rebellion in Jamaica; The Irish Famine; The Opium Wars; The Great Indian Rebellion; The Conquest of Egypt; Palestine in Revolt; 'Quit India' and the struggle for Independence; Suez; Malaya; Kenya and Rhodesia; and, Britain and American Imperialism.
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In each case too the author makes clear how the peoples of the colonized and imperialized countries rebelled against and resisted imperialism.Read more ›
Each of these chapters/essays is well buttressed by the breadth and depth of research that Newsinger has put into them and the notes and bibliography are a rich source of follow up reading for anyone wishing to go into more depth on particular issues. I've read quite a few books simply on the basis of them being referenced in this one, so it's not just an antidote to obscene attempts to resurrect imperial respectability but a great introduction to a variety of topics and a rich source of further reading.
It's a book that should be in every socialist's collection.
The selection is from what is known as the second British Empire, that which existed after the loss of the American colonies during the late eighteenth century. The episodes examined are (1) Jamaica and Slavery, (2) The Irish Famine, (3) The Opium Wars in China, (4) The 1857-58 Rebellion (Mutiny) in India, (5) The Invasion of Egypt in 1882, (6) The Imperial Crisis subsequent to WW1, (7) The Palestine Revolt of the late 1930's, (8) The campaign for Indian Independence, (9) The Suez War, (10) Kenya and the Mau-Mau Insurrection, (11) Malaya's "Emergency", and (12) Britains relationship with American Imperialism.
Each chapter focussing on one of the subjects (as listed above) and also put the events described into a broader historical context, including many quotes from contemporary participants and observers. It also reminds the reader that what a vicious racist Churchill could be, not least in relation to Iraq (where he spoke up for gassing recalcitrant tribes) and India (where even his viceroy in India was appalled at his callous response to the Bengal Famine that cost millions of Indian lives). Those who have fond memories of Old Labour will be disturbed to discover that one area of continuity between New and Old is foreign policy. Ernest Bevin, Herbert Morrison and even Clement Atlee were quite as capable of carrying out brutal imperial policies as their Conservative opponents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for anyone who either believes in or disbelieves in the rightenous of the British EmpirePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Required reading for all jingoistic flag wavers. The truth about Britains record on the world stage from Cecil Rhodes to Tony Blair.Published 3 months ago by M C Harding
A honest and non-apologetic look at the folly and failures of empire. It becomes clearer how the scenes of unfettered 20th century capitalism were being opened by the precedent of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr M Z Dinally
This is an interesting and well written book. John Newsinger presents episodes from British imperial history that are often ignored or brushed over, but which are, in fact, central... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alan Hill
A good trawl through the shortcomings of the management of the british empire
from the lesser known disgraces : china,egypt,iraq. Read more
My first question is how can anyone take seriously a book that fails even to get the Indian Independence Day correct? Read morePublished 23 months ago by Journalist1
Many people have a narrow-minded view of the British Empire being a glorious union of regions around the world but this is wrong. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by Stevie Belfast
This book reveals the country's imperial past, officially depicted as a benign and burdensome necessity of civilising primitive peoples, for the Gestapo-like barbarity it really... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by Shaun Wilde
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