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A Private Empire by [Foster, Stephen]
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Dr Stephen Foster has studied and taught Australian and British imperial history at several Australian universities. In the 1980s he was executive editor of a multi-volume history of Australia to mark the bicentenary of Australian settlement (Weldon Owen); in the 1990s he ran his own heritage company. From 2000 to 2002 he was general manager of content development and technology at the National Museum of Australia; and from 2002 to 2005 professor of Museums and Collections at the Australian National University. Other publications include Frontier Conflict: The Australian Experience (co-editor), National Museum of Australia, 2003 and a history of the Australian National University for Allen and Unwin (1996).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13966 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KX78HY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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This is such an exciting book. It starts with the living Chief of the Clan Macpherson, Sir William Macpherson, whose report on the failure of the British police to deal with the murder of Stephen Lawrence is still mentioned almost daily in the UK media; and traces his ancestry back to the 17th Century. The Macphersons left the Scottish Highlands to seek their fortunes in the East India Company and the various military units attached to it. Many joined the British Raj and Indian Army, while the less swashbuckling members of the family prospered within the kind of disciplines they knew, back in Scotland. The book also relates many hair-raising tales of daring do and a certain amount of skulduggery in other parts of the family - all adding up to 'history made palatable'; indeed, 'history made exciting and hard to put down'. This is a splendid book and I have bought copies for those of my children who are beginning to show an interest in their genealogy. I class it with William Dalrymple's 'The White Mughals' for enjoyment and a less rosy view of Britain's record of 'good British government'. I would also recommend Avitaz Ghosh's trilogy about similar periods and settings. Being 'in the British Empire' was definitely a mixed blessing - unless you were Chinese or Burmese - in which case it was like being ruled by the Mafia.
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A rare book. There are many historical narratives that draw from excellent first-hand sources, but the record tends to be pretty much finite. This quarry of material, though, connecting as it does four centuries without break, is something extraordinary. There's a pleasing cyclical quality about it, a discerbible rhythm as the generations come and go. An illunimating chronicle of empire for sure, but also, collectively, a magnificient account of what it's like to be human in the abstract. Historical settings come and go much as theatre props, but each generation is basically going through the same fundamental experience. So few lifetimes, such profound historical change, and yet in personal, experiential terms perhaps so little.

What I like about the book is that, true to the spirit of the original, first-hand accounts, the story appears to write itself. In spite of the vast amounts of work Foster has put in, as researcher, editor and story-teller, like a good pupeteer he controls the show but keeps himself firmly in the shadows. All of which makes it extremely readable.

In addition to being a good tale well told, "A Private Empire" also comes across as a pleasing concentration of time per se. Layers, moods and speeds of time collide and bounce off each other among the ancient presents of the Blairgowrie archive, producing some marvellous juxtapositions. William Macpherson, in far away Australia at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, tries to picture a railway carriage. He has no idea. How can he? But the sheer incongruity of his world view to a 21st century reader - honestly expressed in ink still wet on the paper - provides a graphic catapault back to a very different here and now.
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i saw this book reviewed in the scottish field magazine and did not realise that it relates to the lives and history of such a noted family. however this is a most enjoyable read, which develops in detail and allows the reader to learn about and enjoy history of british involvement in india, but with constant reference back to
the family in scotland.

i rate this as an excellent book for the novice historian with a passion for scotland and an interest in our empire.

buy this as a holiday read, or simply to enjoy
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