Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent
How rebellious colonies changed British attitudes to empire
Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom.
Priyamvada Gopal examines a century of dissent on the question of empire and shows how British critics of...more
Largely concentrating the early sections of the book on key moments of insurgency or insurrection within the wider British imagination in the mid to late 1800s, we come to understand through Gopal’s work that these were not unique, but rather sit on a longer continuum of ant ...more
It was okay. Not being that familiar with the people, particular time periods or historical context made this a to ...more
Insurgent Empire by Priyamvada Gopal review – a superb study of anticolonial resistance An important new history of opposition to the British empire, at home and overseas, from the Chartists and the Indian rebels to the Mau Mau uprising ...more
Gopal doesn't pretend to be comprehensive of all resistance to the empire, because there were so many critiques and rebellions against the British Empire in its time that it would be impossible to fit them all in one book, but she is extensive in her detailing of the case studies she selects. She goes through the incidents and people she selects with exhaustive, almost excruciating detail, but you'll walk away knowing more about the British Empire and ...more
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The insights, however, are well worth the effort - even if the approach means this isn't exactly the most engagingly readable of tomes sitting on my shelves.
The introduction sets out the core argument, the rest of the book supports it - and i ...more
However, it's execution is hard work. There are moments where the book is gripping as well as illuminating but there are more moments where the book is clinical and dense. At points, this inevitably lessened the books impact.
Overall, I'm still appreciative of what ...more
but what can I say it really is an essential read, the whole point of the book is to help us un/relearn the history of resistance to colonialism and for that you have to actually compreh ...more
But oh what a subject.
As a citizen of the country that probably enslaved more and stole more than any other at the time of empire this reading filled me with remorse and horror.
Insightful and ultimately (hopefully) extremely useful in making sure I know more about why I need to weigh in a little on the other side of the scales.