Britain's Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt

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Verso Books, Nov 7, 2011 - History - 568 pages
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Magisterial history of the foundation of the British empire, and the forgotten story of resistance to its formation.

This revelatory new history punctures the still widely held belief that the British Empire was an enlightened and civilizing enterprise of great benefit to its subject peoples. Instead, Britain’s Empire reveals a history of systemic repression and almost continual violence, showing how British rule was imposed as a military operation and maintained as a military dictatorship. For colonized peoples, the experience was a horrific one—of slavery, famine, battle and extermination.

Yet, as Richard Gott illustrates, the empire’s oppressed peoples did not go gently into that good night. Wherever Britain tried to plant its flag, there was resistance. From Ireland to India, from the American colonies to Australia, Gott chronicles the backlash. He shows, too, how Britain provided a blueprint for the genocides of twentieth-century Europe, and argues that its past leaders must rank alongside the dictators of the twentieth century as the perpetrators of crimes against humanity on an infamous scale. In tracing this history of resistance, all but lost to modern memory, Richard Gott recovers these forgotten peoples and puts them where they deserve to be: at the heart of the story of Britain’s empire.

  

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A history of the British Empire from the mid-eighteenth (the Seven Years' War) through the mid-nineteenth century (the Indian Mutiny, or The Great Rebellion as Gott calls it). The author shows that ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I
9
Part II
55
Part III
79
Part IV
95
Part V
143
Part VI
203
Part VII
257
Part IX
383
Part X
421
Epilogue
471
Acknowledgements
477
Notes
479
Bibliography
531
Illustration Credits
549
Index
551

Part VIII
319

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About the author (2011)

Richard Gott is a former Latin America correspondent and features editor for the Guardian. A specialist in Latin American affairs, his books include Cuba: A New History, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, The Appeasers (with Martin Gilbert), Land Without Evil, Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution, and Britain's Empire. He is currently an honorary research fellow at the institute for the study of the Americas at the University of London.

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