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Class and status drove the British empire, David Cannadine (2001) argues

Updates A June 29, 2015 New Yorker article is entitled “The Great Divide: The violent legacy of Indian Partition.” The article notes: “The question of how India’s deeply intermixed and profoundly syncretic culture unravelled so quickly has spawned a vast literature. … Continue reading

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The British empire was dismantled after the end of the Second World War

I was in elementary school in Montreal in 1955 when the ‘Richard Riot’ occurred in that city. The event, on March 17, 1955, was named after Maurice Richard, the star player for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Empire (2011) analyzes British imperialism from the perspective of its rulers

There was nothing liberal about the British empire, claims to the contrary notwithstanding. In Ghosts of empire (2011), Kwasi Kwarteng argues that “Britain’s empire was not liberal in the sense of being a plural, democratic society. The empire openly repudiated ideas … Continue reading

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Modern empire was not an aberrant supplement to the history of modernity but rather its constituent part (Partha Chatterjee, 2012)

“Modern empire was not an aberrant supplement to the history of modernity but rather its constituent part.” These words are from the preface of The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power (2012) by Partha Chatterjee. … Continue reading

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What conceptual framework drove the British to establish themselves in Long Branch?

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, relatively little is known about Colonel Samuel Smith of Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey) as a historical personality. There hasn’t been much of a mythology built around him. Consequently, our attention isn’t taken … Continue reading

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Linda Colley (2002) speaks of the life of the common British soldier in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

In Captives (2002; listed as 2003 at the Toronto Public Library website), Linda Colley discusses the use of the whip as a means to maintain discipline in British soldiery at the height of Britain’s colonial expansion. Sometimes flogging resulted in … Continue reading

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Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2017) provides a good overview of “irregular warfare” in the Second World War

I’ve recently finished reading Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat (2017). I’ve also been reading A Most Ungentlemanly Way of War: The SOE and the Canadian Connection (2015). I first became interested in irregular warfare … Continue reading

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Not a good day, some days ago: Graeme Decarie, who taught history at Concordia University for many years, shares some thoughts about mass murders

I’m just catching up with posting of a message from Graeme Decarie. Graeme Decarie was a history teacher at Malcolm Campbell High School in Montreal. I didn’t have a history class with him but he was an advisor to the … Continue reading

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John Stewart of Wiarton has added a comment to a previous post about the 1958 fire at the Long Branch Hotel

John Stewart of Wiarton has added a comment to a previous post about the fire at the Long Branch hotel; he writes: “Our family grew up on 31 Arcadian Circle from 1939 to 1998. I remember the Long Branch hotel … Continue reading

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An exemplary study in story management: Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (2015)

I’ve been reading with interest a Brookings Institution study entitled: Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (2015). The way the book itself is constructed is a study in effective story management. As well, the contents of the book – featuring … Continue reading

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