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

By (author) Kwarteng, Kwasi

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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書名 Ghosts of Empire : Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
著作者等 Kwarteng, Kwasi
書名別名 Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
出版元 The Perseus Books Group
刊行年月 2013.05.28
版表示 First Trade Paper Edition
ページ数 488p
大きさ H235 x W156
ISBN 9781610392327
言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国