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    Out of Empire (Paperback) By (author) Jeremy Paxman

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    DescriptionThe British empire is long gone. Conventional wisdom has decreed it was A Bad Thing and that there's no more to be said. Darkest night has fallen over the empire on which the sun never set. Or so we like to think. In Out of Empire, Jeremy Paxman examines this belief and finds it wanting. The influence of empire is everywhere, from the very existence of the United Kingdom to the ethnic composition of our cities. It affects everything, from Prime Ministers' decisions to send troops to war to the adventurers we admire. From the sports we think we're good at to the architecture of our buildings; the way we travel to the way we trade; the hopeless losers we will on, and the food we hunger for, the British Empire is never very far away. In this acute and witty analysis, Paxman goes to the very heart of empire. As he describes the selection process for colonial officers ('intended to weed out the cad, the feeble and the too clever'), the importance of sport, the sweating domestic life of the colonial officer's wife ('the challenge with cooking meat was "to grasp the fleeting moment between toughness and putrefaction when the joint may possibly prove eatable" ') and the crazed end for General Gordon of Khartoum, Paxman brings brilliantly to life the tragedy and comedy of Empire and reveals its profound and lasting effect on our nation and ourselves.


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    Title
    Out of Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeremy Paxman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 356
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780670919581
    ISBN 10: 0670919586
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, JFC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBTQ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Libri: ENGM4900
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    DC22: 909.0971241
    Libri: ENGL1625
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDB
    Thema V1.0: NHD, JBCC, NHTQ
    Edition statement
    Open market ed
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Australia
    Imprint name
    Viking Australia
    Publication date
    28 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Hawthorn