By Richard Gott
Magisterial heritage of the root of the British empire, and the forgotten tale of resistance to its formation.
This revelatory new heritage punctures the nonetheless generally held trust that the British Empire used to be an enlightened and civilizing firm of serious profit to its topic peoples. as an alternative, Britain’s Empire unearths a historical past of systemic repression and nearly continuous violence, exhibiting how British rule used to be imposed as an army operation and maintained as an army dictatorship. For colonized peoples, the event used to be a awful one—of slavery, famine, conflict and extermination.
Yet, as Richard Gott illustrates, the empire’s oppressed peoples didn't pass lightly into that strong evening. anyplace Britain attempted to plant its flag, there has been resistance. From eire to India, from the yank colonies to Australia, Gott chronicles the backlash. He indicates, too, how Britain supplied a blueprint for the genocides of twentieth-century Europe, and argues that its earlier leaders needs to rank along the dictators of the 20th century because the perpetrators of crimes opposed to humanity on an notorious scale. In tracing this heritage of resistance, all yet misplaced to trendy reminiscence, Richard Gott recovers those forgotten peoples and places them the place they should be: on the middle of the tale of Britain’s empire.
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