The British Isles 1901-1951

Paperback | November 1, 2002

EditorKeith Robbins

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The 'British Isles' entered the twentieth century as a single state 'Great Britain and Ireland' with a 'British Empire' greater in extent and larger in population than the world had ever seen. The first fifty years of the new century saw vast change both at home and abroad, much of it theresult of Britain's involvement in the two world wars. At home, the separate path of Ireland became steadily more clear-cut, whilst abroad, the 'Dominions' increasingly saw themselves and acted as independent entities. Finally, with the withdrawal from the Indian sub-continent in 1947, the writingwas on the wall for the British Empire. Each chapter in this volume focuses on a specific aspect of the rapidly changing historical landscape of British history in this period: politics, economics, society, culture, the wars, and foreign policy, combining specialist attention to each area with anemphasis on their interconnectedness.

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The 'British Isles' entered the twentieth century as a single state 'Great Britain and Ireland' with a 'British Empire' greater in extent and larger in population than the world had ever seen. The first fifty years of the new century saw vast change both at home and abroad, much of it theresult of Britain's involvement in the two world...

Keith Robbins is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Lampeter, and Senior Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales. His publications include The First World War (OUP 1985) and A Bibliography of British History 1914-1989 (OUP 1996).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198731965

ISBN - 13:9780198731962

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Keith Robbins: Introduction: Halfway House - Isles and Empire over half a century1. Keith Jeffery: British Isles/British Empire: dual mandate/dual identity2. Duncan Tanner: Electing the governors/the governance of the elect3. Keith Robbins: The British Way and Purpose4. Sian Nicholas: Being British: creeds and cultures5. David Dutton: Unity and disunity: The price of victory6. W.R. Garside: Declining advantage: The British economy7. Rodney Lowe: Riches, poverty, and progressKeith Robbins: Conclusion: decline and progressFurther ReadingChronologyMapsIndex