- Narrated by: Adam Barr
- Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
- Release date: 03-29-22
Legacy of Violence AudioBook Summary
From Pulitzer Prize-winning historian: a searing study of the British Empire that probes the country’s pervasive use of violence throughout the 20th century and traces how these practices were exported, modified, and institutionalized in colonies around the globe
Sprawling across a quarter of the world’s land mass and claiming nearly seven hundred million people, Britain’s 20th-century empire was the largest empire in human history. For many Britons, it epitomized their nation’s cultural superiority, but what legacy did the island nation deliver to the world? Covering more than 200 years of history, Caroline Elkins reveals an evolutionary and racialized doctrine that espoused an unrelenting deployment of violence to secure and preserve the nation’s imperial interests. She outlines how ideological foundations of violence were rooted in the Victorian era calls for punishing recalcitrant “natives”, and how over time, its forms became increasingly systematized. And she makes clear that when Britain could no longer maintain control over the violence it provoked and enacted, it retreated from empire, destroying and hiding incriminating evidence of its policies and practices.