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This review is from: Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World (Paperback)
I have no problem with subjectivity and bringing personal judgment in to history writing. It is healthy and it is best done in the self-aware (if a bit argumentative) way that Ferguson does it.
With a popular history book intended for mass readership I also understand that it would be annoying to have footnotes on the page for every reference. To deny us any references aside from a slight bibliography is a bit too amateurish. There are ideas contained in the text that are important and it is useful to have a revisionist history of the empire - admitting that some good things came through imperialism is not going to lead anybody to condone the awful crimes perpetrated by British imperialists.
It would have just been nice to have some works cited.