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

Author: Kwasi Kwarteng
Publisher: Perseus Books Group 2012.
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Intrigued by administrators of the British Empire, Kwarteng, a Conservative Party member of the House of Commons, looks at their rule in six former colonies: Iraq, Kashmir, Burma, Sudan, Nigeria, and Hong Kong. Such varied places militate against generalization; indeed, different forms of governing were applied in each place. One reason for the constitutional heterogeneity that Kwarteng details was the great  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kwasi Kwarteng
ISBN: 1610391209 : HRD 9781610391207 : HRD
OCLC Number: 778708922
Description: 512 pages
Contents: pt. 1. Iraq : oil and power. The spoils of war ; Rivals ; Monarchy and revolution ; Saddam Hussein and beyond --
pt. 2. Kashmir : Maharaja's choice. Land for sale ; The world of Sir Hari Singh ; Deadlock --
pt. 3. Burma : lost kingdom. White elephant ; The road from Mandalay ; Twilight over Burma --
pt. 4. Sudan : 'blacks and blues'. Kitchener : an imperial hero ; 'The finest body of men' ; North and south --
pt. 5. Nigeria : 'the centre cannot hold'. Indirect rule ; Yellow sun --
pt. 6. Hong Kong : money and democracy. Hierarchies ; Democracy postpones ; Red dawn.

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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  Read more...

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Indian Express, September 11, 2011 "[Kwarteng's] book is still a reminder that a superpower's legacy of intervention will be determined by outcomes that obtain after its eventual retreat." Publishers Read more...

 
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