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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.
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Kwarteng is critical but not patronizing, allowing the reader to grasp the motivations of the British while simultaneously seeing the shortcomings of their decisions.Read Full Review of Ghosts of Empire: Britain's L... | See more reviews from NY Times
Mr. Kwarteng is an engaging writer, and his pen portraits of British imperialists are subtle and scholarly.Read Full Review of Ghosts of Empire: Britain's L... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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