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The perfect antidote to Niall Ferguson's revisionist account,
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This review is from: The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire (Paperback)
A richly deserved counter-blast to Niall Ferguson's Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, which disgracefully glossed over the many crimes against humanity committed in the name of British imperial power. The fact that Newsinger's book received so little attention when it came out speaks volumes. For another study in the same vein that focuses on the 20th century up to the present, see Mark Curtis's Web Of Deceit: Britain's Real Foreign Policy: Britain's Real Role in the World. You will see Britain and the world rather differently if you read these books.
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Initial post: 14 May 2011 21:29:00 BDT
Glad to see I'm not the only one who found Ferguson's 'Empire' a total neo con whitewash and a historical disgrace.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2011 20:33:07 BDT
E. Lewis says:
Ferguson ought to be ashamed to write such drivel.
Totally divorced from reality for the majority of the people of the world.
Posted on 9 Jun 2011 22:03:46 BDT
Ah i think it is this one that is the revisionist left wing nonsense.
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 11:29:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Apr 2012 11:30:37 BDT
Ben Kelly says:
As usual these historical books are either left wing or right wing and they are tainted by opnion rather than focussing on facts. Then we have the same type of reviewers coming out saying the Empire was terrible or the Empire was great. THe truth of the matter is that the Empire did some amazing things; many great things, this is a fact and it is undeniable. What is also is undeniable is that terrible things happened in the name of the Empire too. Until we look at the whole thing with a wider, less biased and more balanced view i'm afraid people will continue to be misinformed. You cannot be one way or the other. Look at the atrocities committed and the neglect that contributed to famine and and you see the worst of imperialism. Look at the infrastructure that led to the betterment of many countries, the political system and rule of law that stabilised so many parts of the world and you see the best. Think of the Britain that became involved in the slave trade (which was thriving in Africa and beyond BEFORE the Atlantic slave trade) that helped build their empire in the US and led to the suffering of many- but also think of the Britain that abolished the slave trade and then actively sought to destroy it and police the ban. There HAS TO be balance for a real understanding of history. You cannot just say it was all bad or it was all good because that is a narrow minded and ignorant view. It shaped the modern world and it its legacy has good points and bad points. Britain created a mess with the Isreal-Palestine debacle and but left prosperous and stable beacons of the free world in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Understanding history has to go beyond bias and beyond the political spectrum. Learn the facts, look at all the angles, weigh up both sides and consider history in a measured way and you can understand our world today a lot better.
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