Settlers and Expatriates: Britons over the Seas

Paperback | April 30, 2014

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The British Empire gave rise to various new forms of British identity in the colonial world outside the Dominions. In cities and colonies, and in sovereign states subject to more informal pressures such as Argentina or China, communities of Britons developed identities inflected by localambitions and pressures. As a result they often found themselves at loggerheads with their diplomatic or colonial office minders, especially in the era of decolonisation. The impact of empire on metropolitan British identity is increasingly well documented; the evolution of dominions' nationalismsis likewise well known; but the new species of Britishness which attained their fullest form in the mid-twentieth century have received significantly less attention.Settlers and Expatriates revisits the communities formed by these hundreds of thousands of Britons, as well as the passages home taken by some, and assesses their development, character, and legacy today. Scholars with established expertise in the history of each region explore the communalitiesthat can be found across British communities in South, East and Southeast Asia, Egypt, and East and Southern Africa, and highlight the particularities that were also distinctive features of each British experience. These overseas Britons were sojourners and settlers; some survived inpost-independent states, others were swept out quickly and moved on or back to an often uninterested metropolitan Britain. They have often been caricatured and demonized, but understanding them is important for an understanding of the states in which they lived, whose politics were at times acrucial part of British history and the history of migration and settlement.

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The British Empire gave rise to various new forms of British identity in the colonial world outside the Dominions. In cities and colonies, and in sovereign states subject to more informal pressures such as Argentina or China, communities of Britons developed identities inflected by localambitions and pressures. As a result they often f...

Robert Bickers joined the University of Bristol in 1997 after receiving a Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and holding post-doctoral fellowships at Nuffield College, Oxford and the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai (2003), which won the American Historical ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Robert Bickers: Introduction: Britains and Britons over the seas2. David Rock: The British of Argentina3. James Whidden: Expatriates in cosmopolitan Egypt: 1864-19564. John Lonsdale: Kenya: Home county and African frontier5. Donal Lowry: Rhodesia 1890-1980: 'The Lost Dominion'6. John Lambert: 'The Last Outpost' The Natalians, South Africa and the British Empire7. David Washbrook: Avatars of Identity: The British community in India8. Margaret Jones: 'Permanent Boarders': The British in Ceylon, 1815-19609. Tim Harper: The British 'Malayans'10. Robert Bickers: Shanghailanders and others: British communities in China, 1843-195711. Elizabeth Buettner: 'We don't grow coffee and bananas in Clapham Junction you know!': Imperial Britons Back Home12. John Darwin: Orphans of Empire