How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain

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Sathnam Sanghera: Empireland (2021, Penguin Books, Limited)

368 pages

English language

Published Nov. 3, 2021 by Penguin Books, Limited.

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Review of 'Empireland' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

The overall theme didn’t give me much more insight, because I was already exposed to empire „maybe not so good“ beforehand, but has a lot of interesting anecdotes. The splitting of the sources in numbered notes indicated in the text and author name sorted ones in the bibliography is confusing 

Falls short

3 stars

As far as it goes it is absorbing, and illuminating, the book is full of anecdotes about the history of Empire, and it goes some way to reassessing the legacy of Empire, but it becomes repetitive, and pulls away sometimes from drawing the conclusions that seem to stand out from the stories he tells. In the end though he shows that imperialism has clearly shaped modern Britain, he doesnt really go deep enough into How it did/does that.

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