A Fighting Retreat: The British Empire 1947-1997

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The history of the decline of the British Empire is traced from the partition of India in 1947 to the handing back of Hong Kong in 1997. Oral histories of civil and military individuals are used to explore and explain such events as the Suez Crisis of 1956 and the unrest in Northern Ireland.

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From Indian independence to the return of Hong Kong to China, British military specialist Neillands thoroughly chronicles Britain's retreat from empire. He offers a paean to the empire and its soldiers, and he clearly resents the U.S. pressure that hastened decolonization. In addition to accounts of Britain's strictly colonial experience, Neillands also covers Britain's experience at the end of the Palestine mandate and in Northern Ireland. Although his work makes good reading for those interested in world history in the second half of the 20th century, it is far too informal for serious academic writing, and it often feels like a collection of memoirs from old colonial hands. Britain is seen as always leaving its colonies ten years too soon. Appropriate for large public libraries.?Susan A. Stussy, Kansas City, Kan.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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