On its Empire the sun never sets, and the blood never dried either This withering retort to British jingoism from the socialist and radical Ernest Jones not only provided John Newsinger s book with an eye catching title, but also tells you everything you need to know about the barbaric nature of the British Empire The book strips away every attempt that has been made over the past fifty years to portray the Empire as a benevolent or civilising force Beginning with the West Indian and Caribb On its Empire the sun never sets, and the blood never dried either This withering retort to British jingoism from the socialist and radical Ernest Jones not only provided John Newsinger s book with an eye catching title, but also tells you everything you need to know about the barbaric nature of the British Empire The book strips away every attempt that has been made over the past fifty years to portray the Empire as a benevolent or civilising force Beginning with the West Indian and Caribbean slave revolts of the 18th Century, and charting British imperial missions in India, China, Egypt, Kenya, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Ireland, Newsinger uses meticulous attention to detail to demonstrate how the British Empire was maintained through staggering cruelty, torture, mass murder, extrajudicial executions, and internment without trial, and all in order to maintain the interests of the capitalist classes in London, for whom the Empire provided so much benefit Apologists for Empire often claim that Britain provided civilisation and administrative experience to its colonies However, these experiences only benefited the oppressed indigenous populations in the sense as Karl Marx so presciently wrote about British rule in India that such advances would one day enable them to facilitate the overthrow of their British masters Compulsively readable, well researched, and suitably outraged, this is a must for all opponents of imperialism, and all those who believe that there is any pride to be taken in having once maintained the largest empire the world has ever seen This is a Marxist history of the British Empire, and that ideological viewpoint ought to be held in mind when dealing with this book This is not a full history of the Empire, but it effectively amounts to a list of wrongs from the Marxist lens It is sold as a counterpoint to so called apologist histories of the British Empire In line with that, the author starts by castigating a well known historians of the Empire who did not mention the Bengal famine But during his account of the Taiping This is a Marxist history of the British Empire, and that ideological viewpoint ought to be held in mind when dealing with this book This is not a full history of the Empire, but it effectively amounts to a list of wrongs from the Marxist lens It is sold as a counterpoint to so called apologist histories of the British Empire In line with that, the author starts by castigating a well known historians of the Empire who did not mention the Bengal famine But during his account of the Taiping Rebellion pages 63 65 , Newsinger does not mention that the Taiping rebels brutally massacred every Manchu man, woman and child in Nanjing when they took the city He also praises the Taiping, despite their atrocities for a much better account of the Taiping Rebellion, see Chapter 8 in Jonathan Spence s The Search For Modern China The Taiping Rebellion was not a heroic revolt as the author implies, but a catastrophe that caused 20 million deaths That makes the author incredibly hypocritical, as he guilty of the very thing he criticized lots of other historians for Newsinger also talks about the British burning down the Summer Palace during the Second Opium War as a great evil inflicted on China, but it is comparable to the British burning the Library of Congress during the War of 1812, something that he does not mention If we were to judge this author by the standards he applied to others over the Bengal famine, then we must say that this author is negligent and trying to hide something For a balanced andobjective history of British Empire, see the books by John Darwin one of the historians Newsinger lambasted which are far superior to this ideological diatribe I also recommend The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James My first question is how can anyone take seriously a book that fails even to get the Indian Independence Day correct Newsinger is intellectually dishonest with a penchant for camouflaging success with failure, his faulty, revisionist view of the British Empire tells youabout the author than his subject Here is a man who views everything through the lens of his ideology and that lens is at times rose colored and alternatively muddy One of the biggest concerns about his work is the lack o My first question is how can anyone take seriously a book that fails even to get the Indian Independence Day correct Newsinger is intellectually dishonest with a penchant for camouflaging success with failure, his faulty, revisionist view of the British Empire tells youabout the author than his subject Here is a man who views everything through the lens of his ideology and that lens is at times rose colored and alternatively muddy One of the biggest concerns about his work is the lack of peer review, The Blood Never Dried is highly predictable, pedantic and gives the reader a twisted and toxic sense of historical reality but what can one expect from a darling of Marxism I am sure that American readers will lap this book up satisfying themselves that Hollywood history is the real deal However, for the rest of us the book should be titled Morton s Demon At Work or How To Win Like Minded Friends With Confirmation Bias Debating Imperialism is a bit like debating the pros and cons of rape What can we say That we really miss it Arundhati Roy Arguably enlightening, and a great step back from apologist histories of the British Empire, but its not exactly extensive It picks only the most well known British atrocities, and doesn t analyse them in any great depth To call it a people s history is somewhat misrepresenting itself It is still primarily concerned the actions of British officials and the overall movements they came up against A much better example of a people s history on a similar topic would be Caroline Elkin s Britain s Arguably enlightening, and a great step back from apologist histories of the British Empire, but its not exactly extensive It picks only the most well known British atrocities, and doesn t analyse them in any great depth To call it a people s history is somewhat misrepresenting itself It is still primarily concerned the actions of British officials and the overall movements they came up against A much better example of a people s history on a similar topic would be Caroline Elkin s Britain s Gulag Also, he writes with the kind of haughty and superior tone which is hard to take after the first few chapters A superb look at the British Empire, who existence dripped with blood Sustained by brute force, double dealing, bribery, rape and murder, it is quite shocking how barbaric the actions to support Queen King and country have been and I speak as someone interested in history and one not overly misty eyed over the conduct of British History But as it seems that there is cabal of historians, appearing in the media, who want to reclaim the history of the Empire and show its benefits , it is impo A superb look at the British Empire, who existence dripped with blood Sustained by brute force, double dealing, bribery, rape and murder, it is quite shocking how barbaric the actions to support Queen King and country have been and I speak as someone interested in history and one not overly misty eyed over the conduct of British History But as it seems that there is cabal of historians, appearing in the media, who want to reclaim the history of the Empire and show its benefits , it is important to remember the millions who were sacrificed to make Britain Great But the book isn t just about the victims of Empire it describes the courage and bravery of people to fight against it In India, Kenya, Ireland, indeed across the Empire, normal people consistently rose up and challenged those who had them in chains If the actions of the Empire are appalling and stomach churning, then the stories of those struggling to free themselves is inspiring George Bush s War on Terror has inspired a forest of books about the new American Empire But what about Britain s role in the world A People s History of the British Empire challenges the claim that the British Empire was a kinder, gentler empire and suggests that the description of Rogue State is fitting How many people today know about Britain s deep involvement in the opium drug trade in China, or that Tony Blair s hero Gladstone devoted his maiden parliamentary speech to defending his family s slave plantation in Jamaica John Newsinger has written a wonderful popular history of key episodes in British imperial history He pays particular attention to the battles of the colonised to free themselves of its baleful rule, including Rebellion in Jamaica The Irish Famine The Opium Wars The Great Indian Rebellion The Conquest of Egypt Palestine in Revolt Quit India and the struggle for Independence Suez Malaya Kenya and Rhodesia and, Britain and American Imperialism A must read for anyone with an interest in British history or the history of imperialism Compulsory reading for everyone living in Britain IMO This book is jam packed with the horrific injustices of centuries of colonial warfare, brutality and terrorism and although it misses out much from the early empire it concentrates on recent and current events Events whose perpetrators are still with us Which makes it incredibly relevant I m very much looking forward to reading other material from A must read for anyone with an interest in British history or the history of imperialism Compulsory reading for everyone living in Britain IMO This book is jam packed with the horrific injustices of centuries of colonial warfare, brutality and terrorism and although it misses out much from the early empire it concentrates on recent and current events Events whose perpetrators are still with us Which makes it incredibly relevant I m very much looking forward to reading other material from Newsinger 2.5 stars Basically a summarized version of experiences people had being ruled by the British, compacted in a book with ridiculous amounts of errors The ones that come to mind the date of Indian independence, and the number of people murdered in Jallianwala Bagh being well off It becomes hard to trust the rest of the book after such mistakes, a better alternative to read would be Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor. Newsinger s book is definitely not an introduction to the British empire Nor is it actually a people s history, if by people s history one means using Zinn s methodology But just as Zinn s work helps one to see American history from a new andhonest vantage point, Newsinger s book plugs into British history and gives readers insight into British colonialism and resistance to it whether in Kenya or India or Palestine or Egypt It s not expansive, but the book offers readers the ability to Newsinger s book is definitely not an introduction to the British empire Nor is it actually a people s history, if by people s history one means using Zinn s methodology But just as Zinn s work helps one to see American history from a new andhonest vantage point, Newsinger s book plugs into British history and gives readers insight into British colonialism and resistance to it whether in Kenya or India or Palestine or Egypt It s not expansive, but the book offers readers the ability to compare British interests in various contexts as well as their strategy for oppressing people and robbing them of their resources While the people s history element is a bit muted, those whose voices are loudest in the volume are former British military men, and at times their wives or other similar types of witnesses, all of whom narrate the atrocities they committed or participated in in one way or another For anyone interested in imperialism or British history this book is definitely a must read