Allan Massie

Rules of Engagement

Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain’s Asian Empire

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Allen Lane / Penguin Press 651pp £30 order from our bookshop

Forgotten Wars is the sequel to the same authors’ Forgotten Armies, which told the story of our war against Japan in the East. Like its predecessor, published in 2004, this new book is very detailed, the fruit of vast research, not always easy to read. Though it comes from a general publisher one would suppose that its main readership will be among academics. Old Asian hands may buy it, read in it, mutter disapproval quite often, but probably not read it from cover to cover. That is quite an undertaking, and it requires a considerable effort to keep track of the hundreds of characters, some of them going at different times under different names. 

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