The British Empire

Paperback | April 1, 2001

EditorJane Samson

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The phenomenon of imperialism has never been under such intense scrutiny, by such a wide range of academic disciplines, as it is today. From cultural studies to the history of science, academics are engaged in a series of debates about empire which move far beyond traditional preoccupationswith metropolitan strategy, economics, and rivalry.Using primary and secondary documentary sources, this reader negotiates the many trends and concerns in recent debates to provide a broad-based, comparative history of the British Empire. Selected readings are presented within a chronological framework, from the origins of empire to decolonizationand beyond. Samson adopts a theme of identity to explore different perspectives through the sources, including metropolitan, colonial, and indigenous responses. General and section introductions explore such issues as the role of economics and religion in imperial expansion and rule; how indigenousand Creole populations constructed and expressed their own identities; and what changes were wrought by the process of decolonization. Bringing together a wide range of documentary evidence, this volume allows the varied and vital debates on aspects of imperialism and identity to be seen in thecontext of the broad history of the British Empire.

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The phenomenon of imperialism has never been under such intense scrutiny, by such a wide range of academic disciplines, as it is today. From cultural studies to the history of science, academics are engaged in a series of debates about empire which move far beyond traditional preoccupationswith metropolitan strategy, economics, and riv...

Jane Samson is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. She is editor, with Alan Frost, of 'Pacific Empires: Essays in Honour of Glyndwr Williams' (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press; Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999) and author of 'Imperial Benevolence: Making British Authorit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192892932

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Table of Contents

General IntroductionThe Early EmpireAn empire of the seaSlaveryColonial identitiesThe Eighteenth CenturyNew horizonsThe American RevolutionConquest and identityThe problem of IndiaThe Nineteenth CenturyTrade and empireReform and empireThe British diasporaEmpire contestedThe 'new imperialism'The Twentieth CenturyThe end of empireThe empire at warThe pioneers: India/Pakistan and GhanaSettler minorities: Kenya and ZimbabwePeoples and borders: Palestine and MalaysiaMapsChronologySelect bibliography