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Ghosts of Empire Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

ISBN-10: 1610392329

ISBN-13: 9781610392327

Edition: 2011

Authors: Kwasi Kwarteng

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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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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 5/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Kwasi Kwarteng was born in London to Ghanaian parents. He has a PhD in History from Cambridge University and was recently elected as the Member of Parliament for Spelthorne in Surrey. Ghosts of Empire is his first book.@kwasikwarteng

Map
Introduction to the US Edition
Iraq: Oil and Power
The Spoils of War
Rivals
Monarchy and Revolution
Saddam Hussein and Beyond
Kashmir: Maharaja's Choice
Land for Sale
The World of Sir Hari Singh
Deadlock
Burma: Lost Kingdom
White Elephant
The Road from Mandalay
Twilight over Burma
Sudan: 'Blacks and Blues'
Kitchener: An Imperial Hero
'The Finest Body of Men'
North and South
Nigeria: 'The Centre Cannot Hold'
Indirect Rule
Yellow Sun
Hong Kong: Money and Democracy
Hierarchies
Democracy Postponed
Red Dawn
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index