Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire
Kojo Koram (Author)
DescriptionShortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman PrizeShortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political WritingLonglisted for the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural UnderstandingA Guardian Book of the Year'Brilliantly arranged and rich with fresh insights' Akala'A radical, beautifully written understanding of our history' Owen Jones'You can't understand how Britain works today without reading it' Frankie Boyle'A challenge to a nation living in the shadow of empire: reckon with your imperial past, or it will come back to bite you' Grace Blakeley'This book should be part of the national curriculum' Ellie Mae O'Hagan Britain didn't just put the empire back the way it had found it.Uncommon Wealth is the little known and shocking history of how Britain treated its former non-white colonies after the end of empire. It is the story of how an interconnected group of British capitalists enabled horrific inequality across the globe, profiting in colonial Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. However, the greed unleashed in this era would boomerang, now leaving many ordinary Britons wondering where their own prosperity has gone. Ranging from Jamaica to Singapore, Ghana to Britain, this is a blistering account of how buried decisions of decades past are ravaging Britain today.
John Murray Press
5 January 2023
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