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

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"The British Empire, the largest and most diverse the world has ever known, is among the most popular subjects of sociological and political analysis in postcolonial studies. Kwarteng, a British Conservative MP and scholar whose parents were born in Ghana shortly after independence, attempts to provide a perspective from within the halls of power as decisions were implemented half a world away from London. Focusing on six far-flung territories — Iraq, Kashmir, Burma, Sudan, Nigeria, and Hong Kong — this expertly researched and written book analyzes the disparate and often contradictory motivations and strategies of the Crown in relation to its possessions. The young men recruited to oversee the empire came almost exclusively from a small network of boarding schools that fed into Oxford and Cambridge, the pinnacle of a complexly layered class system, and Kwarteng explores how analogous hierarchies were exported to the colonies, often arbitrarily, as in Burma and Iraq, where the British conjured up monarchies largely out of thin air. The effects of these structures can still be seen today, but they did little to foster stability or continuity: as Kwarteng writes, in words that are sharply relevant today, 'there was very often no policy coherence or strategic direction behind the imperial government as experienced in individual colonies.' Map." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781610391207
Subtitle:
Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
Author:
Kwarteng, Kwasi
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
World History-England General
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20130528
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-pp. 4/C photo insert on gloss
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 488 pages PublicAffairs - English 9781610391207 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The British Empire, the largest and most diverse the world has ever known, is among the most popular subjects of sociological and political analysis in postcolonial studies. Kwarteng, a British Conservative MP and scholar whose parents were born in Ghana shortly after independence, attempts to provide a perspective from within the halls of power as decisions were implemented half a world away from London. Focusing on six far-flung territories — Iraq, Kashmir, Burma, Sudan, Nigeria, and Hong Kong — this expertly researched and written book analyzes the disparate and often contradictory motivations and strategies of the Crown in relation to its possessions. The young men recruited to oversee the empire came almost exclusively from a small network of boarding schools that fed into Oxford and Cambridge, the pinnacle of a complexly layered class system, and Kwarteng explores how analogous hierarchies were exported to the colonies, often arbitrarily, as in Burma and Iraq, where the British conjured up monarchies largely out of thin air. The effects of these structures can still be seen today, but they did little to foster stability or continuity: as Kwarteng writes, in words that are sharply relevant today, 'there was very often no policy coherence or strategic direction behind the imperial government as experienced in individual colonies.' Map." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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
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