Blue-Water Empire, By Robert Holland
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 25 January 2013
From cricket on the square in Corfu to the pubs of Valletta, banks in Gibraltar to bases in Cyprus, Britain's piecemeal imperium in the Med left enduring traces across the sea.
This expert and engrossing history balances the military and cultural sides of the "Anglo-Mediterranean order".
In Egypt (a semi-colony for 70 years), Israel or north Africa, Britain's role in today's upheavals cannot be understood without a grasp of the port-based outposts the Royal Navy held.
From war to tourism, this odd, patchwork empire still makes waves.
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