The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire (2020)

The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire John Newsinger The Blood Never Dried A People s History of the British Empire George Bush s War on Terror has inspired a forest of books about the new American Empire But what about Britain s role in the world A People s History of the British Empire challenges the claim that t
  • Title: The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire
  • Author: John Newsinger
  • ISBN: 9781905192120
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire John Newsinger George Bush s War on Terror has inspired a forest of books about the new American Empire But what about Britain s role in the world A People s History of the British Empire challenges the claim that the British Empire was a kinder, gentler empire and suggests that the description of Rogue State is fitting How many people today know about Britain s deep involvGeorge Bush s War on Terror has inspired a forest of books about the new American Empire But what about Britain s role in the world A People s History of the British Empire challenges the claim that the British Empire was a kinder, gentler empire and suggests that the description of Rogue State is fitting How many people today know about Britain s deep involvement in the opium drug trade in China, or that Tony Blair s hero Gladstone devoted his maiden parliamentary speech to defending his family s slave plantation in Jamaica John Newsinger has written a wonderful popular history of key episodes in British imperial history He pays particular attention to the battles of the colonised to free themselves of its baleful rule, including Rebellion in Jamaica The Irish Famine The Opium Wars The Great Indian Rebellion The Conquest of Egypt Palestine in Revolt Quit India and the struggle for Independence Suez Malaya Kenya and Rhodesia and, Britain and American Imperialism.
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  1. Jonathan

    A book written to address a trend of, at best, apologism and, at worst, unqualified praise for the British Empire, John Newsinger s Blood Never Dried sets the stall out early with an introduction that tears into Niall Ferguson Always a pleasure.This is a dizzyingly quick read that covers mainly the 19th and 20th Century with the final few chapters set aside for an excoriation of New Labour and the invasions of Kosovo and Iraq.I found this book a tonic in the current climate of chest thumping, po [...]

  2. Simon Wood

    INTRODUCING THE REAL BRITISH EMPIRE John Newsingers The Blood Never Dried might be subtitled as a Peoples History of the British Empire but it is nothing of the sort What the reader will instead find is a fine piece of writing that rather than providing a linear history of the Empire, examines a number of historical episodes that starkly illuminate what under girded the Empires existence brutality and violence.The selection is from what is known as the second British Empire, that which existed a [...]

  3. Liam89

    On its Empire the sun never sets, and the blood never dried either This withering retort to British jingoism from the socialist and radical Ernest Jones not only provided John Newsinger s book with an eye catching title, but also tells you everything you need to know about the barbaric nature of the British Empire The book strips away every attempt that has been made over the past fifty years to portray the Empire as a benevolent or civilising force Beginning with the West Indian and Caribbean s [...]

  4. Journalist1

    My first question is how can anyone take seriously a book that fails even to get the Indian Independence Day correct Newsinger is intellectually dishonest with a penchant for camouflaging success with failure, his faulty, revisionist view of the British Empire tells you about the author than his subject Here is a man who views everything through the lens of his ideology and that lens is at times rose colored and alternatively muddy One of the biggest concerns about his work is the lack of peer [...]

  5. Phil Brett

    A superb look at the British Empire, who existence dripped with blood Sustained by brute force, double dealing, bribery, rape and murder, it is quite shocking how barbaric the actions to support Queen King and country have been and I speak as someone interested in history and one not overly misty eyed over the conduct of British History But as it seems that there is cabal of historians, appearing in the media, who want to reclaim the history of the Empire and show its benefits , it is important [...]

  6. Owain

    A must read for anyone with an interest in British history or the history of imperialism Compulsory reading for everyone living in Britain IMO This book is jam packed with the horrific injustices of centuries of colonial warfare, brutality and terrorism and although it misses out much from the early empire it concentrates on recent and current events Events whose perpetrators are still with us Which makes it incredibly relevant I m very much looking forward to reading other material from Newsing [...]

  7. Isabelle

    Arguably enlightening, and a great step back from apologist histories of the British Empire, but its not exactly extensive It picks only the most well known British atrocities, and doesn t analyse them in any great depth To call it a people s history is somewhat misrepresenting itself It is still primarily concerned the actions of British officials and the overall movements they came up against A much better example of a people s history on a similar topic would be Caroline Elkin s Britain s Gul [...]

  8. Jo Murphy

    A concise overview of the history of the British Empire that builds up a devastating picture of the crimes committed by the British state From the slave triangle, through the Irish famine, follow Britain s bloody footprints through Asia, Africa and the Middle East The book could have been subtitled and the role that the Labour Government has played The point being to show how even when a government was domestically progressive at home, they were still war monger s abroad A good overview that whe [...]

  9. Furqan

    Debating Imperialism is a bit like debating the pros and cons of rape What can we say That we really miss it Arundhati Roy

  10. Simon

    A powerful corrective to the usual rose tinted view of the British Empire peddled by apologists like Niall Ferguson.

  11. Katy Owen

    While an important corrective to the narrative of a benevolent British empire, I was disappointed with The Blood Never Dried It s mostly narrative accounts of rebellions, repressions and battles with very little on ideology What little analysis there is is often simplistic.

  12. Tank Green

    This isn t really a people s history as it s still top down, but to be fair, the author would have to be a polyglot to write a real people s history of the British Empire or rather serve as editor for a collection of essays by those who do have the necessary linguistic skills Really it s just a collection of British atrocities and resistance to this violence Its primary merit is that it serves as a good primer for a reader to then go off and learn I also particularly enjoyed his unbridled animo [...]

  13. Johan Persson

    Sedan Howard Zinns magnum opus om det amerikanska folkets historia kom ut 1980 har det varit popul rt att marknadsf ra radikal historieskrivning som People s History Vi har allt ifr n Vijay Prashads The Darker Nations A People s History of the Third World till Michael Parentis The Assassination Of Julius Caesar A People s History Of Ancient Rome och Chris Harmans tegelsten A People s History of the World.S har ven den marxistiske historikern John Newsingers bok om det brittiska imperiet p origin [...]

  14. Charlie

    This is a Marxist history of the British Empire, and that ideological viewpoint ought to be held in mind when dealing with this book This is not a full history of the Empire, but it effectively amounts to a list of wrongs from the Marxist lens It is sold as a counterpoint to so called apologist histories of the British Empire In line with that, the author starts by castigating a well known historians of the Empire who did not mention the Bengal famine But during his account of the Taiping Rebell [...]

  15. Marcy

    Newsinger s book is definitely not an introduction to the British empire Nor is it actually a people s history, if by people s history one means using Zinn s methodology But just as Zinn s work helps one to see American history from a new and honest vantage point, Newsinger s book plugs into British history and gives readers insight into British colonialism and resistance to it whether in Kenya or India or Palestine or Egypt It s not expansive, but the book offers readers the ability to compare [...]

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