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Captivity Linda Colley reports in this engagingly written and lavishly illustrated study was an influential but understudied element of the British imperial project of the seventeenth lavishly illustrated study was an influential but understudied element of the British imperial project of the seventeenth eighteenth centuries Before the middle of the 1800s Britain was a small nation with a massively overextended empire and the experience of capture demonstrated the vulnerability of its subjects and how easily non Western peoples cou This is one of the best written history books I have ever read and Colley ives the lie to the fourth line of Rule Britannia in Nine Ghosts great style An interesting micro history that turns traditional imperial history completely on its head it combines academic excellence withreat story telling and a light touch I would reatly recommend it especially if you want to see how fractured and weak the early British empire really was This book is troubling to me

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can t to what degree I like her argument I uess that s not uite right I do like her argument but I don t know if I agree with it Colley s شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى grand message here is that while we may think of the British Empire as having been big and powerful the actual Britons who made up that Empire were lowly and weak On the peripheries of empire Britons were taken captive all the time Often particularly in North Africa they were enslaved though as Colley points out this was not really the same sort of slavery that the Britons were themselves inflicting on West Africans at the same time The whole point of taking captives for the Islamic North African states was to eventually ransom those captives back Colley uses captive Britons in three main spheres to provide various lessons in the strengths weaknesses and evolving mentalities of the British Empire Captivity in the Mediterranean world exposes the vulnerability of British subjects when confronted with aggressive Islamic states Britain s occasional spectacular costly failures in the region and the willingness of the Britishovernment to tolerate the captivity and enslavement of their fellow Britons in exchange for The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) growing economic power Captivity in frontier North America demonstrates theap in the 17th and 18th century between settlers who considered themselves thoroughly British and their Riding Hard government who tended to marginalize them Further various captivities in the Revolutionary War era led to critical uestions for the British Empire about exactly who counted as British and what the responsibilities were of the crown to these far flung subjects Finally captivity experiences in India and Afghanistan in the late 18th and early 19th century proved to Britons that they remained vulnerable even as they were consolidating their position as the most powerful empire in the world The trouble here is that all this business about the weakness of Britons almost leads one back to the old an Empire acuired absentmindedly idea One starts to wonder how these people managed to subjugate so much of the world if they were so weak The actual military and economic power that the British used to create the Empireets very little play here So while we are all enjoying the captivity narratives and they are fascinating to read there is a little nagging voice pointing out that this isn t the whole story I decided to read Captives after finishing The Club by Leo Damrosch who mentions Colley admiringly several times Colley complicates any preconceptions readers may have about the British Empire by centering a number of unusual narratives the accounts of Britons taken captive by other powers Muslim pirates in the Mediterranean Native Americans in North America Americans during the Revolutionary War and finally Indians and in particular Mysore during the era of Tipu Sultan Her critical readings of these accounts help explain how the other was conceived the role of propaganda and views of these other powers shifted and evolved depending on Britain s political interests this is most clear when she is discussing Native American nations who over time would become valuable allies of the British The accounts shed as much or even light on Britain itself and its understanding of empire as it does on the peoples who take these Britons captive With the exception of British officers captured in India and Afghanistan most of these captives were poor sailors and settlers some of whom found the societies of their captors appealing than their own A fear that British ties of culture and religion were in fact weak underlie many accounts a concern that Britons will Arabian Challenge go native and adopt the attitudes of rival powers and become sympathetic to those they are supposed to rule haunted much of the imperial project In place of ideas of the empire being a racist project which Colley wouldn t deny she complicates the story when she describes the multi racial and multi ethnic nature of support for Britain during America s Revolutionary War or how the empire in India was only possible because of Irish and sepoy soldiers Her digressions say on the symbolism of the tiger in British art beginning in the late 18th century are as fascinating as her main story lineThis is in the end an academic book albeit engaging than many It reuires a fair level of interest in British history to stick with it but it provides the committed reader with a nuanced view of the British Empire Captives by the historian Linda Colley relates aspects of the British Empire from 1600 1850 which I belie. In this path breaking book Linda Colley reappraises the rise of the biggest empire inlobal history Excavating the lives of some of the multitudes of Britons held captive in the lands their own rulers sought to conuer Colley also offers an intimate understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean North America India and AfghanistanHere are harrowing sometimes poignant stories by soldiers. Captives Britain Empire and the World 1600 1850Or Prussia This meant that the thin red line between settlements colonies forts arrisons And The Like Was Often Very Thin Indeed Leading As the like was often very indeed leading as book details to a reat number of situations when Britons were very far from the mythical never never never shall be slaves Linda Colley focuses on three main theatres of empire the Mediterranean in the 17th century with its Barbary pirates operating from North Africa North America in the 18th century and the conflicts first with Native Americans and later with American Revolutionaries and Indian in the 19th century with its soldiery Being Captive Of Both Indians captive of both Indians and its own Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students government It s a fascinating exploration of a much neglected topic Empire being a particularly fraught and controversial era in British history the issue of British defeats and captivity has either been swept under the rug and ignored or dismissed as some kind of karmic justice It s an excellent book impartial and balanced and it really succeeds in portraying the cohesiveness and full sweep of British imperial history across three centuriesMy one criticism would be that too little of the individual emerges for all of the talk of this being both micro and macro history the individuals mentioned in these pages come across as little than historical ciphers serving a purpose in highlighting bigger issues Their own experiences day to day lives fates and legacies are little touched on Fascinating content insightful analysis and excellent writing A veryood history and an outstanding example of creative linkage taking the histories of captives by the other from an English perspective and using those to illustrate the development of English attitudes towards the exotic Simply fundamental reading and entirely readable In Captives Britain Empire and the World 1600 1850 Linda Colley exposes a perspective of the Imperial Britain that oes against traditional history Although Britain experienced expansion at an unprecedented rate during the late 1600s until the mid 1800s it had spread itself too thin across the lobe The British navy its manpower was unable to effectively control the vast number of territories claimed by the Britain The money and physical presence was never fully effective at dominating the areas Instead these territories often influenced their colonist and American Literature Student Text government than traditional historians care to admit In Captives Colley divides her work into three parts The first concentrates on Britain in the Mediterranean a costly venture seldom mentioned in British Imperialism The second third focuses on the relationship between the British and natives in North America and how the fear of captivity influenced those that colonized America for Britain And India the country whose rough relationship with Britain both made and destroyed careersWhile the history of African slavery in the West is immense accounts of British slavery in the Eastern Hemisphere was seldom recorded and receives less research from both older and newer historians Colley hides no biases as she uncovers a history that she argues is neglected A history that exposes a dirty secret of the British Empire that there is an imbalance in the records that exist between the West and the East Colley suggests that the research is stifled largely because that during this time it was legal for the English navy therefore the Englishovernment to enslave their own soldiers who forfeited military service Slavery was an alternative to execution Often they were chained and forced to build fortification and treated like black skinned folk In the Americas traditional British history of the indigenous population is kept out of the records just as much as in American history Initially colonist were highly dependent on local natives this faded as time brought advanced steady agriculture and living conditions for the colonists Oddly Colley shows how the records reveal English thinking toward the natives as eual to European and not as soulless savages It was a result of wartime on the North American continent that resulted in captives being taken by the natives which led to a mingling between the two races Threatened the British overnment forbade their colonist for interacting and living too closely to the indigenous for it threatened British control The super soldier of India Sarah Shade spun a new perspective on British Imperialism in 1750 Disguised as a soldier her adventures and exotic writings sparked an appetite for all things India throughout England By 1800 India had become the richest sector in the British Empire having lost the American colonies several decades earlier Out numbered in India and often out fought Britain was able to achieve through direct and indirect rule power over all of India Enabling Britain to become both the wealthiest country and free from the fear of captivity which Colley argues was both real and an allusion Well written and highly entertaining Captivity sheds new light on a force of nature that changed the world Using autobiographies adventure stories sermons written accounts of public speeches and the like Colley brings to life the fragile truth of British colonization that Britain was never in full control of her the vast lands she acuired Its 438 pages captures the big picture of Britain s expansion throughout the world as well personalizing the journeys of those who lived and died in strange new worlds. Ultural collaborations and how the ulf between Protestantism and Islam which some have viewed as central to this empire was often smaller than expected Brilliantly written and richly illustrated Captives is an invitation to think again about a piece of history too often viewed in the same old way It is also a powerful contribution to current debates about the meanings persistence and drawbacks of empir.

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Ve are unfamiliar to most readers myself included I thought I knew a fair amount about the British Empire but this book included I thought I knew a fair amount about the British Empire but this book my knowledge by uite a lot The advance of the British throughout the world beginning around 1600 seemed like an inexorable process iven the supremacy of the navy in most areas of the world especially after the Dutch and Portuguese navies began to decline But Colley points out the numerous difficulties Britain faced in trying to establish overseas colonies such as in America or occupations as in India A relatively low population on a small island including Ireland later meant the navy and army had limited manpower Later during the first half of and army had limited manpower Later during the first half of 19th century Britain s population expanded at a rapid rate which ALLOWED FURTHER EXPANSIONISM TO SEVERAL CONTINENTS TO OCCUR MILITARY further expansionism to several continents to occur Military were accompanied by many defeats resulting in the capture of large numbers of soldiers and civilians In the first part of her book Colley tells the story of Britain s first major attempt to colonize North Africa in the country of Morocco at the place known now as Tangier A royal charter issued by Charles II allowed a foothold to be made in 1668 Colley emphasizes that this episode of imperial history has not been subjected to nearly as much study by historians as later ones Despite spending vast sums of money and sacrificing significant amounts of manpower the Tangier experiment failed miserably During and afterwards the constant menace of the Barbary Pirates became a large problem for Britain Ships by the hundreds were captured and passengers men and women by the thousands were taken into captivity Over many years there were numerous impassioned appeals to the British public for funds to offer as ransom which often succeeded Nevertheless many persons languished for decades under the control of their Muslim captors Colley describes how many British and Irish prisoners transformed themselves into Muslims learning to speak local languages and embracing Islam It was during this period when many tales of captivity were published and attracted enormous interest from the British public Whether or not these tales were truthful is difficult to confirm according to the author yet they offer a view into societies utterly foreign to most inhabitants of Britain at that time The Ottoman Empire and Christian Europe clashed repeatedly throughout this period not only involving Britain but other European countries as well The description of the British colonizing of America is very interesting Colley relates the numerous captivity narratives which sensationalized the native Americans describing brutal treatment along with full assimilation into those cultures for some Once again written accounts were very popular in Britain During the American Revolution the captives on both sides illustrated the divided loyalties the American colonists had regarding either wanting to revolt against King George or maintaining loyalty to the Crown Following these chapters Colley describes the initial unsuccessful attempts of Britain to occupy parts of India by the East India Company There are descriptions of the dangerous voyage to India and accounts of captivity of numerous passengers Also the miserable life experienced by captives in Mysore following a bitter defeat in 1780 resulted in many written narratives As in North Africa it was not uncommon for prisoners to o over to the other side in order to experience some semblance of freedom As elsewhere in the Empire the British relied heavily upon local recruits Sepoys to man the armies This allowed the Indian Empire to become well established by 1800 Colley tells about the complex relationships between the lower class recruits from Britain and Ireland and the upper class officer class The many differences in outlook caused many of the common soldiers to desert In joining the Indian Army one basically became a captive since most were forced to serve for decades and often never returned home Finally Colley relates the disastrous Afghan campaign of 1841 which resulted in the capture of General Robert Sale His wife Florentia Sale penned a famous captivity account that became a bestseller in England I can highly recommend this book for its wealth of information about the history of the British Empire As many historians before and since have pointed out the most remarkable thing about the British Empire was not its size its diversity or its longevity but the fact that it existed at all That such a huge empire encompassing many millions of suare miles people cultures and religions could have been based at its core on such a small island with a limited population and limited resources seems almost impossible Of course that inherent smallness is an intrinsic part of the explanation for the existence of the British Empire such smallness lent itself to a very centralised state and a precocious sense of national identity which fuelled the aggressive and acuisitiveness necessary to seek resources and economic markets outside of itselfHowever the smallness at its core whilst containing the seeds of the Empire itself also contained the seeds of its downfall As an island nation England s and later Britain s military resources were heavily weighted in favour of its navy by contrast the land forces available drawing on such a small population were also tiny in comparison to its neighbours like France Russia. And sailors and their womenfolk by traders and con men and by white as well as black slaves By exploring these forgotten captives and their captors Colley reveals how Britain's emerging empire was often tentative and subject to profound insecurities and limitations She evokes how British empire was experienced by the mass of poor whites who created it She shows how imperial racism coexisted with cross
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