What actually is wrong with the paragraph Rachel quotes? I understand
it may distress people overcome with guilt for what their grandparents
did, but I can well imagine something very similar being said about the
French, Arab, Chinese or Turkish empires. All of them, it seems to me,
reduced greatly the number of petty wars in the territories they ruled
and introduced a horizon-widening language.
This paragraph is very different from the rubbish Christopher
Cumberbatch quoted, which was 1066 and All That without the memorable
wit. (I shall never forget that the Ancient Britons worshipped the
On 5 Jul 2006, at 17:51, Rachel Grahame wrote:
> "Page 32: Cultural influences
> For many indigenous peoples in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and
> elsewhere, the British empire often brought more regular, acceptable
> impartial systems of law and order than many had experienced under
> own rulers, or under alien rulers other than Europeans. The spread of
> English language helped unite disparate tribal areas that gradually
> came to
> see themselves as nations. Public health, peace, and access to
> can mean more to ordinary people than precisely who are their rulers.
> legacy of empire was that when nationalism grew most of those who first
> claimed self-government did so in terms resting heavily on European, on
> specifically British, ideas of liberty and representative government."
> I found the above quoted on the Guardian website, and am almost
> - a rare occurrence. The TSO on-line bookshop says that it was amended
> October 2005, and includes a chapter on the 'Role of women'.
> they do not mention anything about the role of men - presumably this is
> considered to have too little cultural variation to be worth
> (gnashing of teeth)
> Rachel Grahame
> Projects Officer
> Tees Archaeology