Oh Those Anglo-Britons
A new book has been making the blog rounds of late:
Stuart Laycock’s All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To.
In it he takes a whirlwind tour through the 158 countries invaded by Britain through the ages (out of 193 countries currently recognized by the UN). An interesting idea, although the tone (at least of the blurb) is an odd combination of tongue-in-cheek yet slightly smug pride. First St. George’s Cross flags are proudly flying during international sporting events, now this. Is a reconstituted British Empire next? What would the First Churchill (John) think? I think we can probably guess what the Second Churchill (Winston) would think.
A nice map included at Muhlberger’s World History blog. (BTW, he’s written on late medieval laws of war, jousting, and the like).