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A Swap for Zanzibar

Neal Ascherson: The Unusual History of Heligoland

16 August 2017
Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea 
by Jan Rüger.
Oxford, 370 pp., £25, January 2017, 978 0 19 967246 2
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... come to that? Gibraltar, acquired a century earlier, was always a different matter because of its command of the Straits, the Royal Navy’s gateway into the Mediterranean on the route to India. But JanRüger argues persistently that there was no real contradiction between the possession of these offshore fragments of Europe and the development of an enormous colonial empire elsewhere. ‘We are ...

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