Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt by Richard Gott

Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt by Richard Gott newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Verso, 2011, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: 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, Britains 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 empires 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 Britains empire.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Blue boards with White titling to the Spine. 568 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?

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