Analysis Of Richard Gott 's ' The British Empire '
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The British Empire supposedly started a dawn of a progressive and educating new era that had a helping hand in the world we know today. Richard Gott’s makes it his responsibility to point out the empire’s faults since the eighteenth century. Violence was a vital part of the making and keeping of the Empire. “Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression, and Revolt is an account of resistance to British rule and the harsh brutality of those who resisted.” For those whose land where taken, the experience was a dreadful one of oppression, deprivation, conflict and extermination. “Unfolding events from the point of view of the colonized, Gott digs up the stories excluded from mainstream British history.” He tells his audience a history of complete repression and continual violence, showing how they ruled by military procedure and sustained by dictatorship.
Most Historians feel as if the British Empire is the marker of the modern world, because they feel as if they brought democracy and free trade to Asia and Africa making them well off. Naill Ferguson is a historian whose opinion of the British Empire differs greatly than Richard Gott’s. Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World intends to correct those who criticize the Empire constricting it to only the terms of prejudice, violence and corruption. He offers his opinion of the Empire’s optimism, creativity and integrity. He argues that the alternative to Britain 's global revolution would not have been an immaculate world, but rather the development of other empires that might have been worse.
However, Ferguson fails to input Britain’s role in the slave trade, but points out how the British supplied India with railroads making their lives “easier.” Yet, he lets the audience know in a pa...
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...s instance eradicates any patriotic national past of the British making you want to identify with the resistors not the ones who conquered.
In evaluating the British Empire from the two points of view, I believe there is no good or bad. Reading a few chapters in different books I noticed that when historians try to point out the beneficial aspects of the empire they tend to exaggerate to sell their point. Most historians believe that we have globally benefited from the British Empire, but optimistically speaking we will never know where we would be now without their interference. Richard Gott described the empire’s history in a clever way leaving out the pros so that you can stay focused on his point of view. The British are ultimately responsible for the life we live today, but they are also responsible for the millions of lives lost trying to get to where we are.