Tag: british empire

Book: Small Wars, Faraway Places, by Michael Burleigh

Michael Burleigh, Small Wars, Faraway Places: The Genesis of the Modern World, 1945–65 (Macmillan 2013), 608pp In short: this is a dreadful book. There is, of course, no such thing as an unbiased work of history, and the most biased authors are generally those who think they’re unbiased but are instead just blind to their own […]

Book: Capitalism & Slavery, by Eric Williams

Eric Williams, Capitalism & Slavery (2nd edn, University of North Carolina Press 1994), 307pp This has been on my “to read” list for a couple of years now, ever since coming across it in a British Empire seminar, and I finally picked it up for my dissertation. It’s pretty much a seminal, though not uncontroversial, work […]

Book: Empire of Cotton, by Sven Beckert

Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Vintage 2015), 640pp I got the impression, when reading this, that Beckert may have simply wanted to write a history of capitalism; on the other hand, perhaps cotton really was the original subject, and the sheer scale of its impact on capitalism came later. Either way, this really is […]