Mad Dogs and Englishmen: A Grand Tour of the British Empire at its Height Hardcover – 5 Mar 2009
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At its peak the British Empire covered approximately one quarter of the Earth's total land area and ruled over the same proportion of the world's population: its boundaries stretched from Birmingham to Bombay, from Cairo to Cape Town, and from Winnipeg to Wagga-Wagga. In this unique and beautifully illustrated book, Ashley Jackson takes the reader on a visually arresting and richly informative tour of the empire 'on which the sun never set', examining the representations of empire that informed the world view of hundreds of millions of people. In a sequence of elegantly written chapters Mad Dogs and Englishmen examines every aspect of the largest imperium the world has seen, from its district commissioners to dependent territories, from its armed forces to its architecture, and from its music to its monarchy. Ashley Jackson's text is as accessible as it is scholarly, and is amplified and embellished by imperial imagery from an exceptionally wide range of media: maps, stamps, cigarette cards, coronation souvenirs, extracts from missionaries' and explorers' journals, popular sheet music, board games, cruise advertisements, children's annuals and comics, novels and their colourful dust-jackets and the popular art stimulated by epic military actions. Authoritative, sumptuous, and written by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period, Mad Dogs and Englishmen evokes the fascinating sights and sounds that the British Empire presented to its citizens, and thereby brings a unique period of British and world history unforgettably to life.
About the Author
Dr Ashley Jackson is a senior lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College, London. He completed his doctorate at New College, Oxford in 1996. His research concentrates on the history of empire, particularly the British Empire.
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6 May 2014
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A benign well illustrated part of history of Empire. The darker sides of colonialism such as buccaneers, colonial wars, 'troubles' and exploitation do not in this book cast a shadow over the days of Empire. An neither should it - because that is not the purpose of this book, and there a plenty of other books where one can read about that. The sides of Empire the book chooses to describe it does well.
29 May 2009
Outstanding book, well illustrated, covering a huge subject. My only complaint is that there is a little too much on missionaries and religion, whereas, I'd prefer more about our colonial wars.
Still, highly recommended.
Still, highly recommended.
6 October 2014
Very muddled book. a real struggle to finish it. Very few relevant dates given which is very important. Far to much mention of comics and boys magazines, even a mention of "it aint half hot" and "dads army". Very little mention of East India company or other similar companies.