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Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

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Kwasi Kwarteng is the child of parents whose lives were shaped as subjects of the British Empire, first in their native Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a unique perspective and impeccable academic credentials to a narrative history of the British Empire, one that avoids sweeping judgmental condemnation and instead sees the Empire for what it was: a series of local fiefdoms administered in varying degrees of competence or brutality by a cast of characters as outsized and eccentric as anything conjured by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The truth, as Kwarteng reveals, is that there was no such thing as a model for imperial administration; instead, appointees were schooled in quirky, independent-minded individuality. As a result the Empire was the product not of a grand idea but of often chaotic individual improvisation. The idosyncracies of viceroys and soldier-diplomats who ran the colonial enterprise continues to impact the world, from Kashmir to Sudan, Baghdad to Hong Kong.

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This revelatory history of the legacy of the British empire and its unintended consequences marks the brilliant literary debut of a young historian and politician

About the Author

Kwasi Kwarteng was born in London to Ghanaian parents in 1975. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won one of the University Classical Scholarships and graduated with a double first in Classics and History; and at Harvard University, where he spent a year as a Kennedy Scholar. He returned to Cambridge to complete a Ph.D in History, before working as an analyst for a hedge fund in London. He was recently elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament.

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ISBN:
9781610392327
Author:
Kwarteng, Kwasi
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
World History-England General
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-pp. 4/C photo insert on gloss
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Politics and Empire
History and Social Science » Politics » Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » British Empire
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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