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By Linda Colley

Britain’s pursuit of empire turns out an inexorable march throughout continents towards its ultimate—if temporary-—global hegemony. yet, as Linda Colley exhibits during this masterfully written ebook, Britain’s abroad firms have been constantly restricted through its personal barriers in measurement, inhabitants, and military, and by way of divisions between its subjects-—constraints and deficiencies which may make the dream of empire a trial even for its makers. Drawing on a wealth of captivity narratives by means of women and men of other social and ethnic backgrounds from the early 17th century to the Victorian period, Colley chronicles the complex dynamic among invader and invaded.

Here are the tales of Sarah color, who was once married to a succession of British army officials, attacked via tigers, and imprisoned through Indian ruler Tipu Sultan; Joseph Pitts, a white slave in Algiers from 1678 to 1693 and writer of the 1st authentic—and very complimentary—English account of the pilgrimage to Mecca; and Florentia Sale, a captive within the Kabul rebel of 1841 who used her time in confinement as a chance to interview army males for her memoir. there have been additionally those that crossed the cultural divide and switched identities, just like the Irishman George Thomas, a mercenary fighter for Indian rulers and failed dictator, and people who crossed yet made it again, like John Rutherfurd, the onetime Chippewa warrior and Scot.

Colley makes use of those remarkable stories to track the altering barriers of Britan’s pursuit of empire and its moving attitudes towards Islam, slavery, race, and American revolutionaries.

Hailed via The monetary Times as a “White the teeth model of imperial history,” Captives is immediately an
original chronicle and a prescient meditation at the which means of empire.

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