All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never

All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never

All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To ❰Reading❯ ➿ All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To Author Stuart Laycock – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Packed with thought provoking and intriguing facts, an entertaining look at the UK s imperial past as you ve never seen it before Out of countries that are currently UN member states, the UK has inva Packed Countries We've Ever Invaded: PDF \ with thought provoking and Countries We've Epub Û intriguing facts, an entertaining look at the UK s imperial past as you ve never seen it before Out ofcountries that are currently UN member states, the UK has invaded or fought conflicts in the territory ofThat s not far off a massive, jaw droppingpercent Not too many Britons know that the UK invaded Iran in World War II with the Soviets You can be fairly sure a lot Iranians do Or what about the time they arrived with elephants to invade Ethiopia Every summer, hordes All the MOBI :Þ of British tourists now occupy Corfu and the other Ionian islands Find out how they first invaded them armed with cannons instead of cameras and set up the United States of the Ionian Islands Think the Philippines have always been outside their zone of influence Think again read the surprising story of their th century occupation of Manila and how they demanded a ransom of millions of dollars for the city This book takes a look at some of the truly awe inspiring ways the UK has been a force, for good the Countries We've PDF É and for bad, right across the world A lot of people are vaguely aware that a quarter of the globe was once pink, but that s not even half the story They re a dynamic and irrepressible nation, and this is how they changed the world, often when it didn t ask to be changed.


10 thoughts on “All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To

  1. George George says:

    Reading this book was an absolutely horrible experience.Not only is this historian doing history in an embarrassingly amateurish way, but his entire take on Britain s colonial endeavours is painfully shallow and so old fashioned as to be positively distasteful.He seems to be aware of that, for he is incessantly apologising throughout for the ill quality of the book his excuses do not half make up for it, though.What struck me as definitely the worst, most blood boiling part of this book was t Reading this book was an absolutely horrible experience.Not only is this historian doing history in an embarrassingly amateurish way, but his entire take on Britain s colonial endeavours is painfully shallow and so old fashioned as to be positively distasteful.He seems to be aware of that, for he is incessantly apologising throughout for the ill quality of the book his excuses do not half make up for it, though.What struck me as definitely the worst, most blood boiling part of this book was the fact that he is constantly, albeit insidiously, glorifying Britain s colonial excursions and downplaying its innumerable bad effects not only that, but he seems to take it for granted that all Britons want part in this hideous exercise of his, and is forever making use of the offensive adjective we when talking of bloodthirsty British warlords making their way across the world, trampling as they do so over the skulls drenched in blood of the unsuspecting natives of the lands they conquer The memory of colonial oppression is desecrated In addition to all that, he uses UN countries to tally the regions Britain has invaded in the past, quite forgetting that for every 10 20 30 countries in existence today there was just one region Surely there is too much room for overlap of borders if that is taken into consideration.The only comforting thought re this book is that my mum picked it up casually without much thought as it was on sale for an excellent price, although I am wont to admit that it is not deserving of even the miserly 3 quid that was paid for it


  2. David Nichols David Nichols says:

    I was inclined to give this book only 1 star, as the author s prose and writing transitions are weak and his analysis shallow Laycock has some difficulty seeing the forest of British imperialism for the trees of military history But some of the trees are fascinating Laycock includes here some mildly amusing jokes, e.g Fighting in France and Belgium during WWI was mostly a hugely grim experience, but at least there weren t that many crocodiles around He has an eye for memorable names and I was inclined to give this book only 1 star, as the author s prose and writing transitions are weak and his analysis shallow Laycock has some difficulty seeing the forest of British imperialism for the trees of military history But some of the trees are fascinating Laycock includes here some mildly amusing jokes, e.g Fighting in France and Belgium during WWI was mostly a hugely grim experience, but at least there weren t that many crocodiles around He has an eye for memorable names and titles, as in this sentence on Bhutanese political history The Dzongpon of Punakha had established his own Druk Desi as rival to the established Druk Desi A bit Orientalist, perhaps, but resonant nonetheless And there is a lot of fascinating trivia Before reading this book I didn t know that there was a Celtic British colony in sixth century Spain that Anglo Saxon exiles joined the Varangian Guard after the Norman Conquest that during the Crimean War, British squadrons attacked Russian forts and ships in the Baltic Sea and attempted to take Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula that from the 1840s to the 1940s the Rajahs of Sarawak were actually Englishmen James Brooke and his descendents that after the First World War, British occupation troops were stationed in Germany, until 1930 that in the Lebanon Syria campaign of 1941, one of the British fighter pilots was Roald Dahl that the most far flung Japanese military operation of WWII involved several midget submarines which attacked a British battleship on the coast of Madagascar in 1942 and that after WWII British, Indian, and re armed Japanese troops fought together against the Viet Minh in French Indochina.Finally, while I ve accused Laycock of shallow analysis, he does cleverly characterize the British Empire as the last and by far the most successful of the Viking Kingdoms, whose maritime adventurers left a land of limited agricultural space with an often unattractive climate and sail ed away in search of loot That will do for now


  3. Jacob Stelling Jacob Stelling says:

    This wasn t great, so I ll keep this short the book seems to trivialise imperialism and is littered with bad jokes and in various places suggests strange reasons for our invasions, including things like weather.Could be an interesting topic area to cover but obviously it is far too broad to be covered in just over 200 pages and this book doesn t do a brilliant job.


  4. James Cridland James Cridland says:

    This is what my grandmother would probably call a loo book It s a very short chapter on every country that the UK has invaded how we invaded it, what happened, and in most cases when we lost interest in it As such, it s rather bitty, isn t a good long read, and is one of those books best left in the bathroom for a quick chapter while you, you know, need something to read But we ve Facebook for that these days, haven t we I m dipping into this from time to time, but it s not one I plan t This is what my grandmother would probably call a loo book It s a very short chapter on every country that the UK has invaded how we invaded it, what happened, and in most cases when we lost interest in it As such, it s rather bitty, isn t a good long read, and is one of those books best left in the bathroom for a quick chapter while you, you know, need something to read But we ve Facebook for that these days, haven t we I m dipping into this from time to time, but it s not one I plan to finish any year soon


  5. Laura Laura says:

    When I saw the title of this book I thought it d be about the reasons for invading various countries and the consequences of the invasions Well, I was wrong It s about random people that invaded random countries as the countries are listed alphabetically, which sounds ridiculous, but it is just as well for the ridiculous approach of the book Also, the author mentions in the foreword that he doesn t want to pass any moral judgment on the invasions He managed that splendidly if anything, h When I saw the title of this book I thought it d be about the reasons for invading various countries and the consequences of the invasions Well, I was wrong It s about random people that invaded random countries as the countries are listed alphabetically, which sounds ridiculous, but it is just as well for the ridiculous approach of the book Also, the author mentions in the foreword that he doesn t want to pass any moral judgment on the invasions He managed that splendidly if anything, he s been proud about them


  6. James Paul James Paul says:

    Good read, just the right level of detail to inspire other readers to dig a little deeper into some of these forgotten aspects of British history.


  7. Harsh Shah Harsh Shah says:

    Misleading title


  8. Nemanja Ćirić Nemanja Ćirić says:

    The only thing I can say in defense of the author is that he did explain what his definition of country and invasion are in the introduction The book is very poorly written, in terms of style the biggest hangup for me is that the author tries to be funny in the obnoxious kind of way only a loud drunken lad on holiday would find amusing, and I guess that s the target demographic Going on a multi country trip Why not take this book with you and impress all the locals with your knowledge o The only thing I can say in defense of the author is that he did explain what his definition of country and invasion are in the introduction The book is very poorly written, in terms of style the biggest hangup for me is that the author tries to be funny in the obnoxious kind of way only a loud drunken lad on holiday would find amusing, and I guess that s the target demographic Going on a multi country trip Why not take this book with you and impress all the locals with your knowledge of how you invaded them.The list is neither chronological nor geographical, sadly it is in alphabetical order which destroys any reading flow Again, the only way this can make sense is if you have no intention of reading the whole thing and you re just bringing it along as a reference for some fun and very incorrect triva on holiday.Lastly and most importantly, the facts are just wrong A naval blockade is not an invasion A bombing campaign is not an invasion view spoiler A uprising in the Roman empire does not count as Britain invading Croatia and Slovenia just because an army originating in the Roman province of Britannia landed in the region which, 16 centuries later, is controlled by these two countries hide spoiler But hey, never let the facts get in the way of a good story


  9. Chris Adams Chris Adams says:

    After reading the Scramble for Africa , this A Z through all the countries Britain has invaded was comparative light relief The narrator is clearly aiming at a British audience constantly using we when speaking about the Brits , and he rushes through 170 countries with a light hearted tone that serves to make what is otherwise a pretty depressing subject quite fun to read.As mentioned before the A Z layout makes it hard to track a narrative through the regions in longer sessions, but the a After reading the Scramble for Africa , this A Z through all the countries Britain has invaded was comparative light relief The narrator is clearly aiming at a British audience constantly using we when speaking about the Brits , and he rushes through 170 countries with a light hearted tone that serves to make what is otherwise a pretty depressing subject quite fun to read.As mentioned before the A Z layout makes it hard to track a narrative through the regions in longer sessions, but the author seems to be expecting this book to be one that you dip in and out of, like a collection of collected pieces from a columnist.Don t expect much in the way of depth, but if you are curious about just how much of the world the British Empire touched and in many cases, shelled from the sea , this serves as a good jumping off point for future reading.The Scramble for Africa The Scramble for Africa The White Man s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912


  10. Val Val says:

    The author has done a lot of research for this book, which gives brief details of British military involvement around the world from Roman times to the near present day He gives us that research in an entertaining and digestible way and the book is surprisingly short and readable The style is quite whimsical for what is actually a serious subject, which may not appeal to everyone There are not very many countries where British forces have not been involved in some way and some of them may The author has done a lot of research for this book, which gives brief details of British military involvement around the world from Roman times to the near present day He gives us that research in an entertaining and digestible way and the book is surprisingly short and readable The style is quite whimsical for what is actually a serious subject, which may not appeal to everyone There are not very many countries where British forces have not been involved in some way and some of them may be new to you Some of them were humanitarian, some were not some were successful and some were disastrous Fewer of them were against the indigenous inhabitants than as adjuncts to some European war or dispute, usually against the French or Spanish.The parts I found most interesting were when, after outlawing the slave trade itself, Britain took on the role of trying to make others give it up too This is the equivalent of for example the USA giving up its economic and social dependence on oil and building solar and wind farms around the world, some of them at gunpoint


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10 thoughts on “All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To

  1. George George says:

    Reading this book was an absolutely horrible experience.Not only is this historian doing history in an embarrassingly amateurish way, but his entire take on Britain s colonial endeavours is painfully shallow and so old fashioned as to be positively distasteful.He seems to be aware of that, for he is incessantly apologising throughout for the ill quality of the book his excuses do not half make up for it, though.What struck me as definitely the worst, most blood boiling part of this book was t Reading this book was an absolutely horrible experience.Not only is this historian doing history in an embarrassingly amateurish way, but his entire take on Britain s colonial endeavours is painfully shallow and so old fashioned as to be positively distasteful.He seems to be aware of that, for he is incessantly apologising throughout for the ill quality of the book his excuses do not half make up for it, though.What struck me as definitely the worst, most blood boiling part of this book was the fact that he is constantly, albeit insidiously, glorifying Britain s colonial excursions and downplaying its innumerable bad effects not only that, but he seems to take it for granted that all Britons want part in this hideous exercise of his, and is forever making use of the offensive adjective we when talking of bloodthirsty British warlords making their way across the world, trampling as they do so over the skulls drenched in blood of the unsuspecting natives of the lands they conquer The memory of colonial oppression is desecrated In addition to all that, he uses UN countries to tally the regions Britain has invaded in the past, quite forgetting that for every 10 20 30 countries in existence today there was just one region Surely there is too much room for overlap of borders if that is taken into consideration.The only comforting thought re this book is that my mum picked it up casually without much thought as it was on sale for an excellent price, although I am wont to admit that it is not deserving of even the miserly 3 quid that was paid for it

  2. David Nichols David Nichols says:

    I was inclined to give this book only 1 star, as the author s prose and writing transitions are weak and his analysis shallow Laycock has some difficulty seeing the forest of British imperialism for the trees of military history But some of the trees are fascinating Laycock includes here some mildly amusing jokes, e.g Fighting in France and Belgium during WWI was mostly a hugely grim experience, but at least there weren t that many crocodiles around He has an eye for memorable names and I was inclined to give this book only 1 star, as the author s prose and writing transitions are weak and his analysis shallow Laycock has some difficulty seeing the forest of British imperialism for the trees of military history But some of the trees are fascinating Laycock includes here some mildly amusing jokes, e.g Fighting in France and Belgium during WWI was mostly a hugely grim experience, but at least there weren t that many crocodiles around He has an eye for memorable names and titles, as in this sentence on Bhutanese political history The Dzongpon of Punakha had established his own Druk Desi as rival to the established Druk Desi A bit Orientalist, perhaps, but resonant nonetheless And there is a lot of fascinating trivia Before reading this book I didn t know that there was a Celtic British colony in sixth century Spain that Anglo Saxon exiles joined the Varangian Guard after the Norman Conquest that during the Crimean War, British squadrons attacked Russian forts and ships in the Baltic Sea and attempted to take Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula that from the 1840s to the 1940s the Rajahs of Sarawak were actually Englishmen James Brooke and his descendents that after the First World War, British occupation troops were stationed in Germany, until 1930 that in the Lebanon Syria campaign of 1941, one of the British fighter pilots was Roald Dahl that the most far flung Japanese military operation of WWII involved several midget submarines which attacked a British battleship on the coast of Madagascar in 1942 and that after WWII British, Indian, and re armed Japanese troops fought together against the Viet Minh in French Indochina.Finally, while I ve accused Laycock of shallow analysis, he does cleverly characterize the British Empire as the last and by far the most successful of the Viking Kingdoms, whose maritime adventurers left a land of limited agricultural space with an often unattractive climate and sail ed away in search of loot That will do for now

  3. Jacob Stelling Jacob Stelling says:

    This wasn t great, so I ll keep this short the book seems to trivialise imperialism and is littered with bad jokes and in various places suggests strange reasons for our invasions, including things like weather.Could be an interesting topic area to cover but obviously it is far too broad to be covered in just over 200 pages and this book doesn t do a brilliant job.

  4. James Cridland James Cridland says:

    This is what my grandmother would probably call a loo book It s a very short chapter on every country that the UK has invaded how we invaded it, what happened, and in most cases when we lost interest in it As such, it s rather bitty, isn t a good long read, and is one of those books best left in the bathroom for a quick chapter while you, you know, need something to read But we ve Facebook for that these days, haven t we I m dipping into this from time to time, but it s not one I plan t This is what my grandmother would probably call a loo book It s a very short chapter on every country that the UK has invaded how we invaded it, what happened, and in most cases when we lost interest in it As such, it s rather bitty, isn t a good long read, and is one of those books best left in the bathroom for a quick chapter while you, you know, need something to read But we ve Facebook for that these days, haven t we I m dipping into this from time to time, but it s not one I plan to finish any year soon

  5. Laura Laura says:

    When I saw the title of this book I thought it d be about the reasons for invading various countries and the consequences of the invasions Well, I was wrong It s about random people that invaded random countries as the countries are listed alphabetically, which sounds ridiculous, but it is just as well for the ridiculous approach of the book Also, the author mentions in the foreword that he doesn t want to pass any moral judgment on the invasions He managed that splendidly if anything, h When I saw the title of this book I thought it d be about the reasons for invading various countries and the consequences of the invasions Well, I was wrong It s about random people that invaded random countries as the countries are listed alphabetically, which sounds ridiculous, but it is just as well for the ridiculous approach of the book Also, the author mentions in the foreword that he doesn t want to pass any moral judgment on the invasions He managed that splendidly if anything, he s been proud about them

  6. James Paul James Paul says:

    Good read, just the right level of detail to inspire other readers to dig a little deeper into some of these forgotten aspects of British history.

  7. Harsh Shah Harsh Shah says:

    Misleading title

  8. Nemanja Ćirić Nemanja Ćirić says:

    The only thing I can say in defense of the author is that he did explain what his definition of country and invasion are in the introduction The book is very poorly written, in terms of style the biggest hangup for me is that the author tries to be funny in the obnoxious kind of way only a loud drunken lad on holiday would find amusing, and I guess that s the target demographic Going on a multi country trip Why not take this book with you and impress all the locals with your knowledge o The only thing I can say in defense of the author is that he did explain what his definition of country and invasion are in the introduction The book is very poorly written, in terms of style the biggest hangup for me is that the author tries to be funny in the obnoxious kind of way only a loud drunken lad on holiday would find amusing, and I guess that s the target demographic Going on a multi country trip Why not take this book with you and impress all the locals with your knowledge of how you invaded them.The list is neither chronological nor geographical, sadly it is in alphabetical order which destroys any reading flow Again, the only way this can make sense is if you have no intention of reading the whole thing and you re just bringing it along as a reference for some fun and very incorrect triva on holiday.Lastly and most importantly, the facts are just wrong A naval blockade is not an invasion A bombing campaign is not an invasion view spoiler A uprising in the Roman empire does not count as Britain invading Croatia and Slovenia just because an army originating in the Roman province of Britannia landed in the region which, 16 centuries later, is controlled by these two countries hide spoiler But hey, never let the facts get in the way of a good story

  9. Chris Adams Chris Adams says:

    After reading the Scramble for Africa , this A Z through all the countries Britain has invaded was comparative light relief The narrator is clearly aiming at a British audience constantly using we when speaking about the Brits , and he rushes through 170 countries with a light hearted tone that serves to make what is otherwise a pretty depressing subject quite fun to read.As mentioned before the A Z layout makes it hard to track a narrative through the regions in longer sessions, but the a After reading the Scramble for Africa , this A Z through all the countries Britain has invaded was comparative light relief The narrator is clearly aiming at a British audience constantly using we when speaking about the Brits , and he rushes through 170 countries with a light hearted tone that serves to make what is otherwise a pretty depressing subject quite fun to read.As mentioned before the A Z layout makes it hard to track a narrative through the regions in longer sessions, but the author seems to be expecting this book to be one that you dip in and out of, like a collection of collected pieces from a columnist.Don t expect much in the way of depth, but if you are curious about just how much of the world the British Empire touched and in many cases, shelled from the sea , this serves as a good jumping off point for future reading.The Scramble for Africa The Scramble for Africa The White Man s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912

  10. Val Val says:

    The author has done a lot of research for this book, which gives brief details of British military involvement around the world from Roman times to the near present day He gives us that research in an entertaining and digestible way and the book is surprisingly short and readable The style is quite whimsical for what is actually a serious subject, which may not appeal to everyone There are not very many countries where British forces have not been involved in some way and some of them may The author has done a lot of research for this book, which gives brief details of British military involvement around the world from Roman times to the near present day He gives us that research in an entertaining and digestible way and the book is surprisingly short and readable The style is quite whimsical for what is actually a serious subject, which may not appeal to everyone There are not very many countries where British forces have not been involved in some way and some of them may be new to you Some of them were humanitarian, some were not some were successful and some were disastrous Fewer of them were against the indigenous inhabitants than as adjuncts to some European war or dispute, usually against the French or Spanish.The parts I found most interesting were when, after outlawing the slave trade itself, Britain took on the role of trying to make others give it up too This is the equivalent of for example the USA giving up its economic and social dependence on oil and building solar and wind farms around the world, some of them at gunpoint

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