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All the Countries Weve Ever Invaded I was inclined to give this book only 1 star as the author's prose and writing transitions are weak and his analysis 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 eg 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 sixth century Spain; that Anglo Saxon exiles joined the Varangian Guard after the Norman Conuest; that during the Crimean War British suadrons 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 IndochinaFinally 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 sailed away in search of loot That will do for now When I saw the title of this book I thought it'd be about the reasons for invading various countries and the conseuences 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 This wasn’t great so I’ll keep this short the book seems to trivialise imperialism and is littered with bad jokes and in various places suggests strange reasons for our invasions including things like weatherCould be an interesting topic area to cover but obviously it is far too broad to be covered in just over 200 pages and this book doesn’t do a brilliant job 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 uick 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 Misleading title 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 The only thing I can say in defense of the author is that he did explain what his definition of country and invasion are in the introduction The book is very poorly written in terms of style the biggest hangup for me is that the author tries to be funny in the obnoxious kind of way only a loud drunken lad on holiday would find amusing and I guess that's the target demographic Going on a multi country trip Why not take this book with you and impress all the locals with your knowledge of how you invaded themThe list is neither chronological nor geographical sadly it is in alphabetical order which destroys any reading flow Again the only way this can make sense is if you have no intention of reading the whole thing and you're just bringing it along as a reference for some fun and very incorrect triva on holidayLastly and most importantly the facts are just wrong A naval blockade is not an invasion A bombing campaign is not an invasion view spoilerA uprising in the Roman empire does not count as Britain invading Croatia and Slovenia just because an army originating in the Roman province of Britannia landed in the region which 16 centuries later is controlled by these two countries hide spoiler Out of 193 countries that are currently UN member states we've invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171 That's not far off a massive jaw dropping 90 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 uarter 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 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 uite fun to readAs 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 columnistDon'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 readingThe Scramble for Africa The Scramble for Africa The White Man's Conuest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912 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 uite whimsical for what is actually a serious subject which may not appeal to everyoneThere 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 SpanishThe 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 euivalent 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

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