Britains Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century

Paperback | November 12, 2016

EditorAndrew Thompson

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Written by specialists from various fields, this edited volume is the first systematic investigation of the impact of imperialism on twentieth-century Britain. The contributors explore different aspects of Britain's imperial experience as the empire weathered the storms of the two world wars,was subsequently dismantled, and then apparently was gone. How widely was the empire's presence felt in British culture and society? What was the place of imperial questions in British party politics? Was Britain's status as a global power enhanced or underpinned by the existence of its empire? Whatwas the relation of Britain's empire to national identities within the United Kingdom?The chapters range widely from social attitudes to empire and the place of the colonies in the public imagination, to the implications of imperialism for demography, trade, party politics and political culture, government and foreign policy, the churches and civil society, and the armed forces. Thevolume also addresses the fascinating yet complex question of how, after the formal end of empire, the colonial past has continued to impinge upon our post-colonial present, as contributors reflect upon the diverse ways in which the legacies of empire are interpreted and debated in Britaintoday.

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Written by specialists from various fields, this edited volume is the first systematic investigation of the impact of imperialism on twentieth-century Britain. The contributors explore different aspects of Britain's imperial experience as the empire weathered the storms of the two world wars,was subsequently dismantled, and then appare...

Andrew Thompson's previous publications include The Empire Strikes Back? The Impact of Imperialism on Britain from the Mid-Nineteenth Century (2005) and Empire and Globalisation. Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, c.1850-1914 (2010). He is currently a Council member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:November 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198794649

ISBN - 13:9780198794646

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Table of Contents

1. Andrew Thompson: Introduction2. Philip Murphy: Britain as a Global Power in the Twentieth Century3. Jeffrey Cox: From the Empire of Christ to the Third World: Religion and the Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century4. Wendy Webster: The Empire Comes Home: Commonwealth Migration to Britain5. Richard Whiting: The Empire and British Politics6. Jim Tomlinson: The Empire/Commonwealth in British Economic Thinking and Policy7. Andrew Thompson with Meaghan Kowalsky: Social Life and Cultural Representation: Empire in the Public Imagination8. Krishan Kumar: Empire, Nation, and National Identities9. Andrew Thompson: Afterword: The Imprint of the Empire

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"This volume is essential reading for anyone interested in what the empire and its loss meant to Britain in the twentieth century-and, indeed, what it continues to mean today. Andrew Thompson and his contributors provide a wide-ranging, well-balanced, and highly illuminating assessment of thesubject. It will engage and inform specialists, students, and general readers alike" --Dane Kennedy, George Washington University