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Book Title: Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British|
The author of the book: Jeremy Paxman
ISBN 13: 9780670919574
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.86 MB
Date of issue: 2011
Read full description of the books Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British:Mr Paxman makes no secret of his nostalgia for the British colonial empire. If anyone has watched the BBC series that accompanied the release of this book, you'd see quite clearly what he's trying to do. It is quite unacceptable to broadcast a rebel woman from the Mau Mau uprisings that bombed and killed white people for her cause and try to get her to repent although she spent years in prison for it, not to mention the suffering of her people for the years the British did whatever they wanted of them and their land. It is unacceptable that he tries to make everyone admit that the empire as the best thing that has ever happened to their country, because being a British subject was and is the best thing in the world.
I'm not saying that the British have not given anything to these countries, but what they gave was not out of the goodness of their hearts. It was an EMPIRE. Economically motivated and whose ripples are still felt today.
“... instead of trying to grapple with the implications of the story of empire, the British seem to have decided just to ignore it... the most corrosive part of this amnesia is a sense that because the nation is not what it was, it can never be anything again.” However, I would argue that the continuing existence of the Commonwealth is more than enough proof that the memory of Empire is anything but gone.
I have come across people about Paxman's age who still call Sri Lanka Ceylon, Thailand Siam and Zimbabwe Rhodesia, because "Oh, they have changed their name?" There is a crisis in Britain alright, but that has to do with the fact that certain people of a certain age can't deal with the fact that Britain doesn't formally rule and exploit in the same way they used to, and have an inferiority complex if they don't feel like they are putting other people down.
Read information about the authorJeremy Dickson Paxman is a British journalist, author and television presenter. He has worked for the BBC since 1977. He is noted for a forthright and abrasive interviewing style, particularly when interrogating politicians. His regular appearances on the BBC2's Newsnight programme have been criticised as aggressive, intimidating, condescending and irreverent, and applauded as tough and incisive.
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