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Tracing the career of former Colonial Officer and European Administrator Keith Arrowsmith, this politically-charged memoir explores life in colonial India, Malaya, Singapore, Nigeria and Uganda. Examining the culture and society of Uganda before and after independence in 1962, and the beginnings of the European Union, in both Brussels and 1970s England, Arrowsmith’s experiences bring the anxieties and dilemmas of a life in colonial service to the fore. The book offers a fascinating insight into these countries at times of great social and political change and explores each country’s history and respective path to independence. Contrasting the author's military service and his Colonial Service with his career in the EU,the book exposes the extent to which Britain’s role has changed over the last century, and questions how theories of international power are practised in reality. The question remains a pertinent one today.

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