Imperial Mud (Hardback)

The Fight for the Fens

James Boyce

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A population of proud indigenous people fight for generations to preserve their homelands against an expanding empire – an invasion justified as being necessary for ‘progress’.
After centuries of resistance, their culture and community are destroyed. All of this takes place in East Anglia, roughly between the English Civil Wars and the mid-Victorian period.

An innovative new take on the drainage of the Fens, framed in the language of colonialism, Imperial Mud upends the narrative of this being a triumph of technology over nature. The final destruction of England’s last lowland wilderness and the dispossession of its custodians was not an inevitable consequence of ‘progress’, but of the growing power of a centralised and militarised state.

Imperial Mud reimagines not just the history of the Fens, but the history and identity of the English people.

James Boyce is a multi-award-winning Australian
historian. His first book, Van Diemen’s Land, was described by Richard
Flanagan as ‘the most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore’.
1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia was The
’s Book of the Year, while Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making
of the Western World
was hailed by The Washington Post as ‘an
exhilarating work of popular scholarship’.


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ISBN: 9781785786501

Price: 12.99 GBP

Pages: 256

Publication date: 02/07/2020

Category: History & Current Affairs

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