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Uprising and dissent on the home front

Uprising and dissent on the home front

Main History
The debate about the British Empire can often lead to moral binarism. It was either good or bad, or an uneven mix of the two. Even exemplary reports of remarkable atrocities such as the Amritsar massacre could fall victim to colonial rule. Imperial sympathizers of course insist that the same issues were the grateful beneficiaries of imperial governance. Priyamvada Gopal's new book cuts the empty "good or bad things" to restore the men and women who opposed the flood of the empire in vivid human terms. Her characters include native - I mean British - opponents of imperialism such as Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Keir Hardie, Sylvia Pankhurst, Fenner Brockway, Nancy Cunard, the "Red Vicar" Father Conrad Noel and others. Gopal's canvas of rebellion and disagreement beg...