Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

by Kwasi Kwarteng

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Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World by Kwasi Kwarteng


Kwasi Kwarteng is the child of parents whose lives were shaped as subjects of the British Empire, first in their native Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a unique perspective and impeccable academic credentials to a narrative history of the British Empire, one that avoids sweeping judgmental condemnation and instead sees the Empire for what it was: a series of local fiefdoms administered in varying degrees of competence or brutality by a cast of characters as outsized and eccentric as anything conjured by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The truth, as Kwarteng reveals, is that there was no such thing as a model for imperial administration; instead, appointees were schooled in quirky, independent-minded individuality. As a result the Empire was the product not of a grand idea but of often chaotic individual improvisation. The idosyncracies of viceroys and soldier-diplomats who ran the colonial enterprise continues to impact the world, from Kashmir to Sudan, Baghdad to Hong Kong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610392327
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 470,668
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Kwasi Kwarteng was born in London to Ghanaian parents in 1975. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won one of the University Classical Scholarships and graduated with a double first in Classics and History; and at Harvard University, where he spent a year as a Kennedy Scholar. He returned to Cambridge to complete a Ph.D in History, before working as an analyst for a hedge fund in London. He was recently elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament.

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