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Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945-65 (Paperback)
  • Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945-65 (Paperback)

Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945-65 (Paperback)

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Published: 13/03/2014
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The collapse of Western colonial empires in the twenty years after the Second World War led to a series of vicious struggles for power - in Africa, Asia and the Middle East - whose bloody consequences haunt us still.

Acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh's brilliant analytic skills and clear eye for common themes underpins this powerful account of those conflicts. He takes us on a historical journey from Algeria to Cuba, from Malaysia to Palestine, and from Kenya to Vietnam and, in so doing, he reframes mid-twentieth-century history by forcing us to look away from the Cold War to the hot wars that continue to afflict us.

The result is a dazzling work of history, which examines the death of colonialism with passion, insight and genuine understanding of what it feels like to be caught in the middle of realpolitik.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330529488
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 412 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 38 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition

Superb, scholarly, insightful and often witty ... magnificent * Literary Review *
Terrific ... Burleigh writes with a keen eye for self-righteousness, hypocrisy and unintended consequences. He is quite brilliant at puncturing the vanities of history's great and good. -- Dominic Sandbrook * Evening Standard *
A brilliant, complex, contradictory story, replete with character and incident, pungent and pithy and refreshingly free of preaching ... the author delights in the detail, the small moment illustrating a large truth -- Ben Macintyre * The Times *
Vividly written and stimulating ... the raw truth, conveyed in scintillating language by a master of historical irony and of the grimly entertaining. If history for grown-ups is what you're after, this is it. -- George Walden * Sunday Telegraph *
Burleigh is an equal opportunity moralist, not an ideologue, and he stalks his prey with feline grace ... This is a story of personalities as much as one of geopolitical shifts, and Burleigh is a master of bringing it alive with sharp character insights. -- Christopher Sylvester * Financial Times *
The violent geopolitical shifts of the immediate postwar years constitute a dramatic saga, which Burleigh recounts with panache and wit ... lucid and persuasive. -- Piers Brendon * The Sunday Times *
Burleigh is the don of elegant, historical writing and every vignette in this book is arresting. His ability to command his material is truly breathtaking ... damnably good. -- John Lewis-Stempel * Sunday Express *
Harsh and vivid -- Max Hastings * Financial Times *
Magnificent and entertaining * Daily Express *
None of these stories is new, but the rich detail with which Burleigh writes, as well as his piercing analysis, makes them seem so. He nails his cast of politicians, generals and revolutionaries to the page in a series of ruthlessly observed character sketches ... as a description of the way imperial power drained from Europe to America, his book is quite brilliant. -- Keith Lowe * Mail on Sunday *

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This is an excellent book, mainly by virtue of the subject matter and Burleigh’s marshalling of it into a coherent narrative. I learned so much I didn’t know, particularly about the breakup of the empires, and often... More

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