Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present by Denis JuddEmpire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present by Denis Judd

Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present

byDenis Judd

Paperback | November 4, 2014

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The British Empire changed the face of the modern world. At its zenith it governed more than a quarter of the world's population, and spanned at least a fifth of its surface. Through these sovereign acquisitions, the British people derived wealth, influence, and prestige. Empire also became a defining aspect of British identity, affording the nation a sense of international purpose and political and social unity. Yet, for many of those that it controlled, the Empire often represented something darker: an arbitrary power which disrupted local customs, social structures and government.

In this new edition of his classic work, Denis Judd analyses the sweep of the British colonial story, from the American Revolution to the present day, decisively illustrating the influence of Britain's imperial past on her place in the twenty-first century. This renowned book, fully updated, will be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding modern Britain and its imperial history.

Denis Judd is Professor Emeritus of Imperial and Commonwealth History, London Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor at New York University in London. His books include The Lion and the Tiger: The Rise and Fall of the British Raj; Balfour and the British Empire; Radical Joe - A Life of Joseph Chamberlain; The Victorian Empire;...
Title:Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the PresentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:554 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.11 inPublished:November 4, 2014Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Edition
1. Anatomy of an Empire - An Introduction
2. The American Revolution 
3. Australia
4. Ireland
5. Canada 
6. The Repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846
7. The Great Indian Uprising of 1857-8 
8. The Jamaica Rebellion of 1865
9. The Opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 
10. The Battle of Majuba Hill, 1881 
11. Cecil Rhodes' Legacy 
12. Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897 
13. The Battle of Spion Kop, 1900
14. The Suicide of Sir Hector MacDonald, 1903 
15. Joseph Chamberlain and the Cabinet Split of 1903
16. Scouting for Boys, 1908 
17. The Imperial Conference of 1911
18. The Gandhi-Smuts Agreement of January 1914 
19. The 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland 
20. The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 
21. The 1924 British Empire Wembley Exhibition 
22. The Balfour Definition of Dominion Status, 1926 
23. The Bodyline Tour of Australia, 1932
24. The Fall of Singapore, February 1942
25. The Partition of India, 1947
26. The Trial of Jomo Kenyatta, 1953 
27. The Suez Crisis of 1956 
28. Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence, November 1965 
29. The Declaration of Commonwealth Principles at Singapore, 1971 
30. The Falklands War, 1982 
31. The Inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa, May 1994 

Editorial Reviews

"Empire stands alone as a survey of the British Empire…it provides an excellent introduction to the British imperial experience in all its complexity, including issues of gender, race, sexuality, and national identity." - Peter Weiler, Professor of History, Boston College"Denis Judd deserves to be better known in the United States, and this book will make him so. It is a vividly readable history of the rise, spread and fall of British imperium since 1765. Judd tells it all, accurately and without chauvinism." - Walter Nugent, Tackes Professor Emeritus of History, Notre Dame University"Among the most readable and astute examinations of British imperial history ever written. Its judgement is critical but fair. It is the culmination of a career of research and thinking about the British Empire, and it clearly reflects that both have been thorough. Truly a Magnum Opus." - Robert Cole, Professor of History, Utah State University"An excellent book…The treatment by Professor Judd cannot be faulted…[he] comes to balanced and sensible conclusions…He also gives an admirable chronology." - The Times"The best general history on the subject now available…always stimulating and absorbing and sometimes an unrivalled tour d'horizon." - Irish Times"An excellent new study…compelling reading. A refreshing willingness to indulge in 'what if' speculations also shows Judd at his revisionist best." - Andrew Roberts, Sunday Times"A superb, immense and very splendid book." - Tony Palmer, BBC Radio 3, Nightwaves"Wonderfully ambitious…a pungent and attractive survey of the British Empire." - Linda Colley, London Review of Books"Denis Judd has provided a valuable and sometimes innovative synthesis…Each chapter begins with a vivid narrative of a key event… [there is] the skill with which Judd intercuts his narrative with lively and well-balanced summaries of even the most rebarbative current historical debates." - Times Higher Education Supplement"This excellent book…It is one of the merits of Judd's book that he helps to restore the balance between the good and the bad, and the ugly, and in so doing helps us the better to understand the Empire in all its complexity. He brings impressive credentials to his task, the scale of which is enormous…he has wisely opted for a thematic approach. His style is clear and readable. The story of the Empire is not yet over, nor its epitaph written, but this book is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of that story thus far." - Glasgow Herald"This book is in many ways the culminating work of Professor Judd's career, bringing together immense erudition, genuine narrative gifts and a capacity to pick out important details from a vast range of materials…Judd's narrative method is highly original." - National Review