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Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850 Paperback – January 6, 2004
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Colley's book can be divided into three parts. First, she discusses the narratives of Britons captured by the Barbary and Algiers Corsairs in the 17th and 18th centuries. Second, she uses the narratives of those captured by Native Americans to highlight the relationship between the Britons and their American colonies. Thirdly, she looks at those Britons captive in India, either at the hand of rival kingdoms, or as soldiers captive in their own army. Throughout this book, Colley has a sharp turn of phrase ("The thin red [Imperial army] line was more accurately anorexic.) And she has an eye for fascinating detail. We learn that in the 1820s, two out of every five soldiers in Bermuda were whipped, and we are told about a particularly horrifying one in which the victim was whipped to death such that his back was "as black as a new hat.Read more ›
Clearly organised and written with clarity and intensity, Colley opens her study with an example of glaring failure. How many remember Britain's occupation of Tangier on the west coast of Africa? The city was part of a queen's dowry in 1661, giving Britain a control point over the Mediterranean trade routes [Gibraltar came under British power in 1701]. With Spain, France and Italy, not to mention the Dutch, all expanding their sea-going commerce, Tangier was a key location. The British poured immense sums into Tangier to create a fortified city, but it was lost less than a generation later. Colley explains how relations with the "Barbary" states of North Africa drove British foreign policy for many years. Those relations included ongoing efforts to redeem captives taken by corsairs, swift vessels that even raided coastal areas of the British Isles.Read more ›
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Clear and engaging work, but unfortunately weak effort to understand the British empire, the British nation, and the concept of slavery thru examination of three instances of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Paul J. Edelson
In Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850, Linda Colley exposes a perspective of the Imperial Britain that goes against traditional history. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Reviewer R2D2
This was a great book from the stand point of History. The book opened my eyes too the whole world during this time period.Published on December 30, 2012 by Hermeine D. Ehlers
"Captives: The Story of Britain's Pursuit of Empire," focuses on an area of scholarly research that has been overlooked for decades. Read more
This is a disappointing book, long on Colley's opinions and very short on the details of captives' experiences. Read morePublished on June 30, 2008 by Keith Anderson
I very much enjoyed the book. It was, to me, a new perspective on England, the Empire and British influence in very different parts of the world. Read morePublished on November 23, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Colley takes what at first seems an interesting subject that fashionably appears to be "previously uncovered" or left "at the margins" of contemporary... Read morePublished on March 13, 2004 by yamambayamamba