All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To Paperback – 1 Oct 2013
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Some of the places we need to invade are hard to get at. Some are also extremely hard to spell. --Robert Crampton - The Times
[This] study shows [Britain's] true global reach was far more extensive than maps would suggest. --Ryan Kisiel - The Daily Mail
Britain has invaded all but 22...several offer inviting pretexts for a little light invading. Paraguay, I'm told, is lovely at this time of year. --Samuel Muston - The Independent
About the Author
STUART LAYCOCK is an author and historian. He studied Classics at Jesus College, Cambridge, and has written a number of history books including Britannia: The Failed State (nominated for Current Archaeology Book of the Year), Warlords: The Struggle for Power in Post-Roman Britain, and UnRoman Britain: Exposing the Myth of Britannia (described in The Sunday Times as thrillingly provocative ). From looking at people invading Britain, he now turns his attention to Britain invading other people.
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Top Customer Reviews
Stuart Laycock is an amusing and informative writer. The only problem I have, and have had since doing History at school, is that war itself, campaigns, battles, reasons and consequences overlap, blur and repeat.
It is also well balanced as it describes British military victories as well as our defeats showing that our army wasn't invincible.
It can be a bit tedious to read from cover to cover. This isn't a criticism of the author, it is just that the British army has done much the same thing in every country with a coastline and many without! For this reason, it is better to dip in and out of the book to enjoy this wealth of information.
The book has 215 pages plus a short conclusion containing maps of where we have been and a set of black and white photos of military statues in London. The recipient countries are arranged alphabetically into 12 chapters starting from "Afghanistan to Burundi" through to "Yemen to Zimbabwe", which is quite an imperial stretch. For decoration the first page of each chapter has a watermark of a Britannia figure, which is a good idea except that the watermark is too heavy and makes the reading of the first page more difficult.
The author deliberately stretches the definition of "invaded" to include short military interventions and actions by pirates, privateers and armed explorers. He also concentrates on the more unusual and less well known actions. As he says: "This isn't so much supposed to be an account of our invasions, rather it's intended to whet the readers' appetite to go in search of more information elsewhere". The readers themselves will have to decide where they go as this book has no bibliography. Some examples from the 191 entries are given below.
BURKINA FASO was formerly called Upper Volta and was a French colony. Originally it was a collection of African kingdoms. In 1898 the British went to the aid of one of these kingdoms against the French.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting book , actually it should be called all the countries we or our countrymen have fought in but it is still a great fun and interesting bookPublished 3 months ago by K. richards
Great fun to read. Not in depth, but enough to give you an idea.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my dad who is enjoying reading it, he says it is very interesting and is also written in a humerous way.Published 5 months ago by laura price
This book is not as bad as some reviewers make out. I had seen the book advertised elsewhere, looked on Amazon for the reviews, and then found a copy in our local library (yes,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roger-hedgehog