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  • Masterful, crucial ... as unflinching as it is gripping, as carefully researched as it is urgently necessary

    Jill Lepore, author of These Truths
  • Masterly... demonstrates that the British Empire, far from being part good, part bad, baked together from the outset state-sponsored violence and institutional racism with a periodic rewriting of its history as one of progress and civilisation, covering up atrocities and hiding or destroying incriminating documents. This book is dynamite

    Robert Gildea, author of Empires of the Mind
  • The history of the British Empire that we desperately need today... Sweeping, forceful, and passionately argued... A monumental achievement

    Maya Jasanoff, author of The Dawn Watch
  • A gripping, richly peopled, epic narrative... In stunning prose and drawing on staggering research, Elkins uncovers the reality of routine and ruthlessly violent suspension of law and militarized policing as imperial personnel and practices moved from crisis to crisis around the globe

    Priya Satia, author of Time's Monster: How History Makes History
  • In nothing was the British Empire more successful than its skilful concealment of the violence that it unleashed across the globe, over centuries. Caroline Elkins' Legacy of Violence is a laudably ambitious attempt at unearthing this hidden legacy, the bitter fruits of which are becoming more and more visible every day

    Amitav Ghosh, author of The Nutmeg’s Curse
  • Illuminating and authoritative... The repression and violence Elkins narrates on an epic scale matters because they continue to reverberate tragically in our global present

    Priyamvada Gopal, author of Insurgent Empire
  • A work of deep archival achievement that creates a historical argument that is courageous and ambitious... This is a text for our times

    Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
  • A thumping great study by a heavyweight academic historian

    Robbie Millen, The Times, *Books to Look Out For 2022*
  • A clear, incisive account of the way in which the British maintained public order in the colonies through 'lawful lawlessness'... An exceedingly valuable book on the dark side of the British Empire

    Wm. Roger Louis, Editor-in-Chief of Oxford History of the British Empire
  • Legacy of Violence is a formidable piece of research that sets itself the ambition of identifying the character of British power over the course of two centuries and four continents... this history could not be more timely

    Tim Adams, Observer

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