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Michael Burleigh (Author)

Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945-65

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The collapse of Western colonial empires in the twenty years after the Second World War led to a series of vicious struggles for power – in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – whose bloody consequences haunt us still. Acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh’s brilliant analytic skills and clear eye for common themes underpins this powerful account of those conflicts. He takes us on a historical journey from Algeria to Cuba, from Malaysia to Palestine, and from Kenya to Vietnam and, in so doing, he reframes mid-twentieth-century history by forcing us to look away from the Cold War to the hot wars that continue to afflict us. The result is a dazzling work of history, which examines the death of colonialism with passion, insight and genuine understanding of what it feels like to be caught in the middle of realpolitik.

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The collapse of Western colonial empires in the twenty years after the Second World War led to a series of vicious struggles for power – in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – whose bloody consequences haunt us still. Acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh’s brilliant analytic skills and clear eye for common themes underpins this powerful account of those conflicts. He takes us on a historical journey from Algeria to Cuba, from Malaysia to Palestine, and from Kenya to Vietnam and, in so doing, he reframes mid-twentieth-century history by forcing us to look away from the Cold War to the hot wars that continue to afflict us. The result is a dazzling work of history, which examines the death of colonialism with passion, insight and genuine understanding of what it feels like to be caught in the middle of realpolitik.

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Format Paperback
ISBN-10 033052948X
ISBN-13 978-0330529488
Release Date 13 Mar 2014
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