British have invaded nine out of ten countries

Just come across this fascinating little article from the Telegraph. I’ve not read the book myself but I imagine it is a fascinating read.

British have invaded nine out of ten countries – so look out Luxembourg – Telegraph.

As a Brit – and one who knows quite a bit about British history – I am very aware of ‘colonial guilt’. Having specialised in Colonial history over the four years of living in ‘the Jewel in the Crown’ (Bangladesh, in case you’re not sure), I’ve got a pretty good idea of the things that went on in the British Raj – whether they were good or bad.

The result is the ability to disagree with just about anyone! For instance, I don’t agree with the commonly held view in Asia that the British were all that was greedy and evil nor do I agree with the commonly held view by British people who want to downplay the wrongs of the Raj that Britain saved India and made her what she is today.

As usual, the truth is somewhere in between I think.

So this book, from what the reviewer has to say about it here, sounds like it will be an excellent book to make you think. The British influence over the centuries is vast and has shaped the world today. A book like this cannot help but create debate about the rights and wrongs of that. That has to be, in my mind, a healthy thing.

So what do you think about this? Is this proof of the greed of the British? Or just a book giving the history of a country that was typical of its day? Or does the author over-hype the idea of ‘conquest’? Or does it suggest something completely different again?


About D K Powell

British freelance journalist, author, writer, editor, musician, educational consultant. I lived with Wifey, Thing I (daughter) & Thing II (son) in Bangladesh for 5-6 years working for an NGO called LAMB. Wifey led the Hospital Rehab department and I used to teach O levels at the school before going full-time as a freelance writer in 2013. Now we're back in the UK learning how to be British again. When not writing or editing, I'm busy trying to complete a Masters degree in Intercultural relations in Asian Contexts and reading way too many books at once. I also drink tea - lots of it.
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4 Responses to British have invaded nine out of ten countries

  1. Kerry Dwyer says:

    I read this article. What was quite striking for me was that the British had invaded France more than they had any other country. The movement of the British to France in recent years has been described as yet another invasion. Of course now the French are now moving to the UK in droves to avoid tax.


    • Ha ha well there has always been tensions between the French and the English. I’ve just been teaching my history students about this. It stems from 300 years of having kings and queens who spoke no English but only French as a result of being conquered by the French William of Normandy in 1066. Once we finally got English back on the throne we turned out swords towards France! Despite two wars where we had to work together, we’ve still never really forgiven the French for getting one over us!

      That all said, I LOVE the south of France and would happily end my days living in a French villa down in the Dordogne region or something like that. The French are quite welcome, as far as I’m concerned, to any part of the UK they like!


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