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Description - Captives by Linda Colley

Ranging over a quarter of a millenium and four continents, Captives uncovers the experiences and writings of those tens of thousands of men and women who took part in Britain's rise to imperial pre-eminence, but who got caught and caught out. Here are the stories of Sarah Shade , a camp follower imprisoned alongside defeated British legions in Southern India; of Joseph Pitts, white slave and pilgrim to Mecca; of Florentia Sale, captive and diarist in Afganastan; of those individuals who crossed the cultural divide and switched identities, like the Irishman George Thomas; and of others who made it back, like the onetime Chippewa warrioe and Scot, John Rutherford. Linda Colley uses these tales of ordinary individuals trapped in extraordinary encounters to re-evaluate the character and diversity of the British Empire. She explores what they reveal about British responses to, relations with, and frequent dependence upon different non-European peoples. She shows how British attitudes to Islam, slavery, race and American Revolutionaries look different once the captive's ers ective is admitted. And she demonstrates how these individual captivities illiuminate the limits of Britain

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712665285
ISBN-10: 0712665285
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 36mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Linda Colley

Linda Colley has taught and written history on both sides of the Atlantic. Formerly Richard M. Colgate Professor of History at Yale University, she is currently Leverhulme Research Professor and School of Economics. A Fellow of the British Academy, and a regular commentator on current events as well as past cultures, her last book Britons- Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (1992) provoked a major debate on national identities in Britain and elsewhere.

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