[Read] ➳ All the Countries Weve Ever Invaded Author Stuart Laycock – Dolove.info

All the Countries Weve Ever Invaded I had high hopes when I picked this up but failed to note that it s simply an alphabetical list of countries With no themes or grouping, it is a mess of sequential continent hopping that was entertaining in places but ultimately tiring. After reading the Scramble for Africa , this A Z through all the countries Britain has invaded was comparative light relief The narrator is clearly aiming at a British audience constantly using we when speaking about the Brits , and he rushes through 170 countries with a light hearted tone that serves to make what is otherwise a pretty depressing subject quite fun to read.As mentioned before the A Z layout makes it hard to track a narrative through the regions in longer sessions, but the author seems to be expecting this book to be one that you dip in and out of, like a collection of collected pieces from a columnist.Don t expect much in the way of depth, but if you are curious about just how much of the world the British Empire touched and in many cases, shelled from the sea , this serves as a good jumping off point for future reading.The Scramble for Africa The Scramble for Africa The White Man s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912 When I saw the title of this book I thought it d be about the reasons for invading various countries and the consequences of the invasions Well, I was wrong It s about random people that invaded random countries as the countries are listed alphabetically, which sounds ridiculous, but it is just as well for the ridiculous approach of the book Also, the author mentions in the foreword that he doesn t want to pass any moral judgment on the invasions He managed that splendidly if anything, he s been proud about them. Good read, just the right level of detail to inspire other readers to dig a little deeper into some of these forgotten aspects of British history. This is what my grandmother would probably call a loo book It s a very short chapter on every country that the UK has invaded how we invaded it, what happened, and in most cases when we lost interest in it As such, it s rather bitty, isn t a good long read, and is one of those books best left in the bathroom for a quick chapter while you, you know, need something to read But we ve Facebook for that these days, haven t we I m dipping into this from time to time, but it s not one I plan to finish any year soon. The author has done a lot of research for this book, which gives brief details of British military involvement around the world from Roman times to the near present day He gives us that research in an entertaining and digestible way and the book is surprisingly short and readable The style is quite whimsical for what is actually a serious subject, which may not appeal to everyone There are not very many countries where British forces have not been involved in some way and some of them may be new to you Some of them were humanitarian, some were not some were successful and some were disastrous Fewer of them were against the indigenous inhabitants than as adjuncts to some European war or dispute, usually against the French or Spanish.The parts I found most interesting were when, after outlawing the slave trade itself, Britain took on the role of trying to make others give it up too This is the equivalent of for example the USA giving up its economic and social dependence on oil and building solar and wind farms around the world, some of them at gunpoint. Intended as an overview or introduction, and as such it works very well The entries are brief, and there is not a lot of detail, but the author manages to pack quite a bit in there and certainly enough to spark the reader s interest enough to pursue the topic in depth Plus, he writes in a humorous, conversational style that is fun to read. I m not exactly sure why this book has such a low rating It s not supposed to be comprehensive it s a bathroom reader and it does that job very well There are some minor mistakes which should have been fixed in editing and the maps in the back of the book are outdated but overall this was a solid overview of an interesting subject written by a rather cheeky author. I was inclined to give this book only 1 star, as the author s prose and writing transitions are weak and his analysis fairly shallow Laycock has some difficulty seeing the forest of British imperialism for the trees of military history But some of the trees are fascinating Laycock includes here some mildly amusing jokes, e.g Fighting in France and Belgium during WWI was mostly a hugely grim experience, but at least there weren t that many crocodiles around He has an eye for memorable names and titles, as in this sentence on Bhutanese political history The Dzongpon of Punakha had established his own Druk Desi as rival to the established Druk Desi A bit Orientalist, perhaps, but resonant nonetheless And there is a lot of fascinating trivia Before reading this book I didn t know that there was a Celtic British colony in 6th century Spain that Anglo Saxon exiles joined the Varangian Guard after the Norman Conquest that during the Crimean War, British squadrons attacked Russian forts and ships in the Baltic Sea and attempted to take Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula that from the 1840s to the 1940s the Rajahs of Sarawak were actually Englishmen James Brooke and his descendents that after the First World War, British occupation troops were stationed in Germany, until 1930 that in the Lebanon Syria campaign of 1941, one of the British fighter pilots was Roald Dahl that the most far flung Japanese military operation of WWII involved several midget submarines which attacked a British battleship on the coast of Madagascar in 1942 and that after WWII British, Indian, and re armed Japanese troops fought together against the Viet Minh in French Indochina.Finally, while I ve accused Laycock of shallow analysis, he does cleverly characterize the British Empire as the last and by far the most successful of the Viking Kingdoms, whose maritime adventurers left a land of limited agricultural space with an often unattractive climate and sail ed away in search of loot That will do for now. Out Of Countries That Are Currently UN Member States, We Ve Invaded Or Fought Conflicts In The Territory Of That S Not Far Off A Massive, Jaw Dropping Per Cent Not Too Many Britons Know That We Invaded Iran In The Second World War With The Soviets You Can Be Fairly Sure A Lot Iranians Do Or What About The Time We Arrived With Elephants To Invade Ethiopia Every Summer, Hordes Of British Tourists Now Occupy Corfu And The Other Ionian Islands Find Out How We First Invaded Them Armed With Cannon Instead Of Camera And Set Up The United States Of The Ionian Islands Think The Philippines Have Always Been Outside Our Zone Of Influence Think Again Read The Surprising Story Of Our Eighteenth Century Occupation Of Manila And How We Demanded A Ransom Of Millions Of Dollars For The City This Book Takes A Look At Some Of The Truly Awe Inspiring Ways Our Country Has Been A Force, For Good And For Bad, Right Across The World A Lot Of People Are Vaguely Aware That A Quarter Of The Globe Was Once Pink, But That S Not Even Half The Story We Re A Stroppy, Dynamic, Irrepressible Nation And This Is How We Changed The World, Often When It Didn T Ask To Be Changed


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