The Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c.1750-1783 by P.J. MarshallThe Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c.1750-1783 by P.J. Marshall

The Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c.1750-1783

byP.J. Marshall

Paperback | October 10, 2007

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In The Making and Unmaking of Empires P. J. Marshall, distinguished author of numerous books on the British Empire and former Rhodes Professor of Imperial History, provides a unified interpretation of British imperial history in the later eighteenth century. He brings together into a commonfocus Britain's loss of empire in North America and the winning of territorial dominion in parts of India and argues that these developments were part of a single phase of Britain's imperial history, rather than marking the closing of a 'first' Atlantic empire and the rise of a 'second' eastern one.In both India and North America Britain pursued similar objectives in this period. Fearful of the apparent enmity of France, Britain sought to secure the interests overseas which were thought to contribute so much to her wealth and power. This involved imposing a greater degree of control overcolonies in America and over the East India Company and its new possessions in India. Aspirations to greater control also reflected an increasing confidence in Britain's capacity to regulate the affairs of subject peoples, especially through parliament. If British objectives throughout the world were generally similar, whether they could be achieved depended on the support or at least acquiescence of those they tried to rule. Much of this book is concerned with bringing together the findings of the rich historical writing on both post-Mughal Indiaand late colonial America to assess the strengths and weaknesses of empire in different parts of the world. In North America potential allies who were closely linked to Britain in beliefs, culture and economic interest were ultimately alienated by Britain's political pretensions. Empire wasextremely fragile in two out of the three main Indian settlements. In Bengal, however, the British achieved a modus vivendi with important groups which enabled them to build a secure base for the future subjugation of the subcontinent.
P.J. Marshall is Emeritus Professor of History at King's College, London.
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Title:The Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c.1750-1783Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:October 10, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199226660

ISBN - 13:9780199226665

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. British World-Wide Expansion2. State and Empire3. War and its Transformations: The Atlantic 1754-17634. War and its Transformations: India 1754-17655. Ideas of Empire 1763-1776: The 'Old' Empire6. Ideas of Empire 1763-1776: The 'New' Empire7. The Making of Empire, I: India, New Imperial Structures8. The Making of Empire, II: India, Madras, Bombay, and Bengal9. The Unmaking of Empire, I: North America 1763-176810. The Unmaking of Empire, II: North America 1768-177511. War and its Resolutions 1775-1783BibliographyIndex

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`This is a very welcome book indeed, not least because it is written by one of the greatest of contemporary British imperial historians.'Dennis Judd, BBC History Magazine