Ghosts of Empire

Ghosts of Empire

Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

Book - 2011
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Kwasi Kwarteng...masterfully re-examines the messy legacy of the British Empire--grand, colorful, and chronically unstable due to haphazard, incoherent policy-making that went unchecked."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781610391207
Characteristics: 465 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm

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debkd Jan 14, 2014

This is a highly readable book and there is no doubt that the writer, who is currently serving as a Conservative MP has an excellent background. But I found this book disappointing on a number of counts, not the least of which is that he persists in the ill-conceived notion that it's legitimate to judge nineteenth-century politicians, administrators and writers from a narrow 21st-century perspective. Still, I would recommend this book as supplemental reading for someone who is already well-versed in British colonial history.

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