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Horrible Histories: Barmy British Empire by [Deary, Terry]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17279 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Non Fiction; new editon edition (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H3W5WI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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I was shocked and disappointed when I read this book. My two eldest kids love this series and on the whole I have found them informative and entertaining. There are inevitably some over-simplifications but few, if any, inaccuracies. But this book seems to wilfully present a view of the British Empire that not only focuses exclusively on the negatives, but also ignores the context - for example the fact that the British Empire followed on from the Spanish and Portuguese Empires and that Britain was competing with France and the Dutch to create theirs. I'm not suggesting for a moment that the terrible things that were done in the name of Empire should be glossed over, but they should at least be placed in context.

You want an example? Deary explains the circumstances (ie the brutish and stupid acts of the British) leading up to the Indian Mutiny, but he doesn't mention the Mutiny itself and the massacres of civilians. That's just perverse in my book. As Lawrence James points out in "Rise and Fall of the British Empire", only one Empire in history was dismantled voluntarily, and succeeded by a social club of ex members. And Niall Ferguson elegantly explains in "Empire" that the British Empire's contribution to stimulating world trade has create lasting benefits that must not be ignored.
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Obviously history books usually reflect the views of the author to some extent but the level of propaganda and bias in this shameful book defy belief. Still, it's provided me with plenty of material to prove to my son that you shouldn't believe everything you read.
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As much as I enjoy all of the books and indeed find them interesting I found the level of negativity in this book quite startling compared to the others, rather than just facts and gory details he remarks of how brutal and horrible the British people were, though this is not why I give it a poor rating. To quote the book: 'Sadly some BRITISH people in the twenty-first century still believe that they are better than others'. There is no need for this statement in a factual history book and it is a statement than you can apply to any country in the world, it really suprised me how much poison was in this book as I generally enjoy the HH series of books.
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I am a teacher and I had this book in my classroom, allowing my children to read it until picking it up and flicking through it. Now it is removed from the classroom. This book propounds exactly the kind of miserable, self-hating post-colonial guilt which is contributing to the slow demise of our society. I completely agree that horrible atrocities were committed during these years, but the book is not just highlighting that, it is unrelenting in its criticism of Britain in general, both before and after the Empire.

It is quite obviously an attempt to indoctrinate children into a Leftist way of thinking - it is filled with guile towards Britain and other favourite hate targets of the Left such as the Christian Church. This is Deary's sinister way of getting back at right-wing historians such as Ferguson, of whom Deary says "Obnoxious people like Niall Ferguson write a book to prove that the British Empire was a good thing...He's a deeply offensive right wing man who uses history to get across a political point."

Such glaring hypocrisy is sickening. In child speak, Deary - Look in the mirror, mate.
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As a big fan and enthusiastic childhood devourer of the HH series, I was deeply disappointed and a little disgusted by this one sided book. It paints a picture of pre-colonial world in which every country was a lovely little Liberal democracy (ruled by local people, not (say) the Mughal emperors, natch)until the nasty red-coats showed up and killed everyone. Noone's pretending that the Empire was all smiles and cuddly toys, but this book took the biscuit.

So nakedly political in its angle, so left-wing and so biased. Deary me.
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Extremely biased, self-hating leftist propaganda.
It's because of drivel like this that things are so bleak today, and society is on it's knees.

It would be immoral to give this book to impressionable children. I couldn't believe the biased things I was reading.
If this Mr. Deary has such a problem with the country in which he lives, perhaps he'd be happier moving to Zimbabwe.
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Throughout my 25 years spent on this earth, I have spent 11 years at school, 3 years at college, and 3 years at University, and am yet to find a more eye opening book than this one written for children.

So many negative comments here from people who don't like to learn about how horrible their own history was - it's a bitter pill, and one we should teach all of our kids.
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I had the misfortune to buy this for a nephew.
Having skim-read it I decided to bin this and buy a different book for him.
Twisted, incorrect and aimed at the self-loathing, trendy, (il)liberal elitist section of today's Britain.
It's rather a shame when one looks at the Empire and just what was achieved in terms of liberty and progress when compared to the current decline of the West.
Save your money and buy Empire or Civilisation by Niall Ferguson instead.
PS Unlike the author I write this as someone who studied history and sociology, not as one with an axe to grind and a chip on my shoulder!
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