- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bookmarks Publications (2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905192126
- ISBN-13: 978-1905192120
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,018,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire Paperback – 2000
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In each case too the author makes clear how the peoples of the colonized and imperialized countries rebelled against and resisted imperialism.Read more ›
The selection is from what is known as the second British Empire, that which existed after the loss of the American colonies during the late eighteenth century. The episodes examined are (1) Jamaica and Slavery, (2) The Irish Famine, (3) The Opium Wars in China, (4) The 1857-58 Rebellion (Mutiny) in India, (5) The Invasion of Egypt in 1882, (6) The Imperial Crisis subsequent to WW1, (7) The Palestine Revolt of the late 1930's, (8) The campaign for Indian Independence, (9) The Suez War, (10) Kenya and the Mau-Mau Insurrection, (11) Malaya's "Emergency", and (12) Britains relationship with American Imperialism.
Each chapter focussing on one of the subjects (as listed above) and also put the events described into a broader historical context, including many quotes from contemporary participants and observers. It also reminds the reader that what a vicious racist Churchill could be, not least in relation to Iraq (where he spoke up for gassing recalcitrant tribes) and India (where even his viceroy in India was appalled at his callous response to the Bengal Famine that cost millions of Indian lives). Those who have fond memories of Old Labour will be disturbed to discover that one area of continuity between New and Old is foreign policy. Ernest Bevin, Herbert Morrison and even Clement Atlee were quite as capable of carrying out brutal imperial policies as their Conservative opponents.Read more ›
> "Giving independence to India" was the result of a long anti-colonial struggle. After WWII the British could not maintain control. PR spin would like the world to beleive all was done on British terms i.e.,coaching Indians to "govern themselves".
> Until the late 50's, Struggles ensued between the British & US over control of colonial possessions. Attempts were made to develop nuclear weapons independent from US technology. The Brits gave the program up & allied thmesleves with the USA. Often mainstream british/american Historians depict the struggle as a Cold War Struggle USA V USSR e.g., Nasser was intitially supported by the CIA to depose British puppet King Farouk.
Newswinder sites several case studies of British rule,including Ireland, Middle East, the Carribean & Africa
Very interesting read. I highly recommend this book. Lessons could be learned for the future of Pax Americana as well. If history tells us anything Empires always fall & create an unstable environment with violence & instability.