Britain’s brutal battles for hearts and minds

British campaigns in Kenya, Malaya and elsewhere are often hailed as exemplars of how anti-insurgency operations should be prosecuted. But, asks Michael Burleigh, is the praise really justified?

"Britain’s handling of the Malayan Emergency has often been cited as a textbook example of how an army should win over the ‘hearts and minds’ of civilians," says Michael Burleigh. (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Getty Images)

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