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Empire and the English Character
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Empire and the English Character

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Empire and the English Character
Author(s): Kathryn Tidrick

Kathryn Tidrick's highly acclaimed book explores the origins of the ideal of British imperial rule and the effect it had on the character of the English ruling classes. From the Lawrence brothers of the Punjab, Rajah James Brooke of Sarawak and Mountbatten to Frederick Courtenay Selous, Elspeth Huxley and Cecil Rhodes, Tidrick illuminates some of the extraordinary lives and actions of the people that formed and governed the British Empire, from India to Africa and beyond.



Review(s):

“So well written, so full of characterization and incident, so funny and sometimes so delightfully acid, that one can read it more or less like a novel.” --The Spectator

“This remarkable book is a reminder of something we prefer to forget.. It is written with intelligence and wit.. Intense comedy and excruciating pathos go together.” --The Independent

“Fascinating, entertaining, stimulating.” --Financial Times

“Told with panache and humour.” --Evening Standard

“An admirable study . . . rich and incessantly intelligent.” --London Review of Books

“Kathryn Tidrick attempts to resolve some of the paradoxes of British imperial rule.. Well written with many stimulating insights.” --The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

“Provocative in every sense of the term.. a delightful work.” --The International History Review

“A fascinating work, written with panache and style, highlighting many of the key questions that still surround the record of the British and their Empire.” --African Affairs





ISBN:  9781845117009