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November 2020

'All the Countries We've Ever Invaded' Stuart Laycock

The History Press

The book makes a very strong point about Britain's role as an imperial power and the countries "invaded" by her due to colonisation (although it is not limited to this definition). The book is also very easy to read and with only 252 pages introduces us to matters such as  "The Great Game", the world wars, the Napoleonic wars, and, even, the conquests that followed the Age of Discovery. The book does, however, adopt a controversial definition of invasion which includes pretty much every circumstance in which "armed Britons" have been on foreign soil. Moreover, the book, by including so many countries, is not capable of covering any topic with much detail, although, it does highlight areas of research that may be interesting to pursue.

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