Britain's Empire (Paperback)

Resistance, Repression and Revolt

By Richard Gott

Verso, 9781844670673, 576pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2012

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Hardcover (11/7/2011)

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Contrary to nationalist legend and schoolboy history lessons, the British Empire was not a great civilizing power bringing light to the darker corners of the earth. Richard Gott’s magisterial work recounts the empire’s misdeeds from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the Indian Mutiny, spanning the red-patched imperial globe from Ireland to Australia, telling a story of almost continuous colonialist violence. Recounting events from the perspective of the colonized, Gott unearths the all-but-forgotten stories excluded from mainstream British histories.

About the Author

Richard Gott is a former Latin America correspondent and features editor for the Guardian. A specialist in Latin American affairs, his books include Cuba: A New History, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, The Appeasers (with Martin Gilbert), Land Without Evil, Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution, and Britain’s Empire. He is currently an honorary research fellow at the institute for the study of the Americas at the University of London.

Praise For Britain's Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt

“Vivid and startling ... Gott’s achievement is to show, as no historian has done before, that violence was a central, constant and ubiquitous part of the making and keeping of the British Empire.”—Richard Drayton, Guardian

“His message is stark but Gott is never shrill. He writes as a scholar, not an accuser.”—Jonathan Steele, Red Pepper

“A welcome, even necessary, corrective.”—Stephen Howe, Independent

“Stimulating, inspirational and much needed.”—Dan Glazebrook, Morning Star

“Pungent and provocative ... a rich compendium of revolt.”—Gavin Bowd, Scotland on Sunday

“A tour de force.”—History Today