Cascoly Books: Empire

Cascoly Books - Empire

Course of history from Alexander the Great to the Bush Dynasty
Greece & Alexander the Great
  • Alexander's Path
  • Alexander in Lycia

    In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan. By Seth G. Jones. presents the war in its historical context, beginning with Alexander the Great and the proven ability of Afghans to bring down strong empires.

    Roman Empire
  • Julius Caesar
  • The Roman Emperors
    Ottoman Empire
    British Empire

    Every left-wing" intellectual" is, as a matter of course, an anti-imperialist. He claims to be outside the empire-racket as automatically and self-righteously as he claims to be outside the class racket. Even the right-wing" intellectual," who is not definitely in revolt against British imperialism, pretends to regard it with a sort of amused detachment. It is so easy to be witty about the British Empire. The White Man's Burden and " Rule Britannia" and Kipling's novels and Anglo-Indian bores -who could even mention such things without a snigger? And is there any cultured person who has not at least once in his life made a joke about that old Indian havildar who said that if the British left India there would not be a rupee or a virgin left between Peshawar and Delhi (or wherever it was) ? That is the attitude of the typical left-winger towards imperialism, and a thoroughly flabby, boneless attitude it is.

    For in the last resort, the only important question is, Do you want the British Empire to hold together or do you want it to disintegrate? And at the bottom of his heart no English-man, least of all the kind of person who is witty about Anglo-Indian colonels, does want it to disintegrate. For, apart from any other consideration, the high standard of life we enjoy in England depends upon our keeping a tight hold on the Empire, particularly the tropical portions of it such as India and Africa. Under the capitalist system, in order that England may live in comparative comfort, a hundred million Indians must live on the verge of starvation - an evil state of affairs, but you acquiesce in it every time you step into a taxi or eat a plate of strawberries and cream. The alternative is to throw the Empire overboard and reduce England to a cold and unimportant little island   George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier


  • Niall Ferguson - Empire
  • Schama - A History of Britain - 3 vol
  • Revolt & Loss of the Colonies
  • India


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