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The British Empire: What really happened.,
This review is from: The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire (Paperback)
It is a common argument that the rise and fall of the British Empire over three hundred years was beneficial to its colonial subjects.There were some blind spots:injustice occurred,wrong happened - but the benign benevolence of empire prevailed.
John Newsinger states otherwise in this fine reappraisal of Britain's empire. He takes us on a journey through former colonies - Jamaica, Ireland, India, China, Africa,and the Middle East. In every case Britain used its superior economic and military technology to suborn and humiliate its infant colonies using violence and warfare.Every British government and Monarch of empire were complicit in these crimes.Today with the fall of Empire, Britain tries to maintain a pale imitation of Imperial power by US proxy -thus the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan.
John Newsinger has produced a scalpel edged,uncompromising work that tells us about the British Empire as it really was and this is how it ought to be taught in schools.