Richard Toye, Churchill’s Empire

18 08 2010

The young Churchill charged through imperial atrocities, defending each in turn…  Of course, it’s easy to dismiss any criticism of these actions as anachronistic. Didn’t everybody in Britain think that way then? One of the most striking findings of Toye’s research is that they really didn’t: even at the time, Churchill was seen as standing at the most brutal and brutish end of the British imperialist spectrum.
This is from Johann Hari’s review of Richard Toye’s new book Churchill’s Empire. The main subject of the book is Churchill’s thinking about race.

It looks as if there is some interesting material for Canadian historians in this book.