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Ghosts of empire : Britain's legacies in the modern world

Author: Kwasi Kwarteng
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2012], ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Kwasi Kwarteng ... masterfully re-examines the messy legacy of the British Empire--grand, colorful, and chronically unstable due to haphazard, incoherent policy-making that went unchecked"--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kwasi Kwarteng
ISBN: 9781610391207 1610391209
OCLC Number: 964914139
Notes: Originally published: London : Bloomsbury, 2011.
Description: 466 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction to the US edition --
I. Iraq : oil and power. 1. The spoils of war --
2. Rivals --
3. Monarchy and revolution --
4. Saddam Hussein and beyond --
II. Kashmir : Maharaja's choice. 5. Land for sale --
6. The world of Sir Hari Singh --
7. Deadlock --
III. Burma : lost kingdom. 8. White elephant --
9. The road from Mandalay --
10. Twilight over Burma --
IV. Sudan : 'blacks and blues'. 11. Kitchener : an imperial hero --
12. 'The finest body of men' --
13. North and south --
V. Nigeria : 'the centre cannot hold'. 14. Indirect rule --
15. Yellow sun --
VI. Hong Kong : money and democracy. 16. Hierarchies --
17. Democracy postponed --
18. 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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