Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain - Signed Bookplate Edition (Hardback)
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Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain - Signed Bookplate Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 28/01/2021
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An urgent, incisive account of how the depredations of its imperial past dog Britain’s view of itself today, Empireland is provocative, meticulously researched writing of the highest order.  

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In his brilliantly illuminating new book Sathnam Sanghera demonstrates how so much of what we consider to be modern Britain is actually rooted in our imperial past. In prose that is, at once, both clear-eyed and full of acerbic wit, Sanghera shows how our past is everywhere: from how we live to how we think, from the foundation of the NHS to the nature of our racism, from our distrust of intellectuals in public life to the exceptionalism that imbued the campaign for Brexit and the government's early response to the Covid crisis. And yet empire is a subject, weirdly hidden from view.

The British Empire ran for centuries and covered vast swathes of the world. It is, as Sanghera reveals, fundamental to understanding Britain. However, even among those who celebrate the empire there seems to be a desire not to look at it too closely - not to include the subject in our school history books, not to emphasize it too much in our favourite museums.

At a time of great division, when we are arguing about what it means to be British, Sanghera's book urges us to address this bewildering contradiction. For, it is only by stepping back and seeing where we really come from, that we can begin to understand who we are, and what unites us.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 2928377049133
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm


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“Must buy for history lovers”

Fantastic read - the history book I wish I had at school instead of the skewed version we were taught about Britain's imperial past. Sathnam writes in a balanced and fair manner, without watering down the facts.

Hardback edition
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“A brilliant read”

A well researched and thoughtful book, written with a light touch. Challenged my view of the British Empire and its legacy today. The book is a call to understand a complex history before leaping to over-simple... More

Hardback edition
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“Must buy for historylovers”

Fantastic read - the history book I wish I had at school instead of the skewed version we were taught about Britain's imperial past. Sathnam writes in a balanced and fair manner, without watering down the facts.

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 25

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