Bernard Porter: The End of Empire
2 August 2007
Show More Britain’s Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation, 1918-68 by Ronald Hyam.
Cambridge, 464 pp., £17.99, February 2007, 978 0 521 68555 9Show More
The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire by Peter Clarke.
Allen Lane, 559 pp., August 2007, 978 0 7139 9830 6Show More
Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain’s Asian Empire by Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper.
Allen Lane, 673 pp., £30, January 2007, 978 0 7139 9782 8Show More
“... their basic duties, as in Bengal in 1943, where imperial neglect, incompetence and occasionally sheer malevolence contributed significantly to the huge death toll in the great famine of that year. LeoAmery, the secretary of state for India at the time, at first tried to put the blame on the Indians, for over-breeding. In fact, it was a largely government-made tragedy, comparable in its effects ...”