Small Wars, Faraway Places : The Genesis of the Modern World 1945-65, Paperback

Small Wars, Faraway Places : The Genesis of the Modern World 1945-65 Paperback



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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages, maps (black and white)
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780330529488



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