The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of Empire by Wm Roger LouisThe Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of Empire by Wm Roger Louis

The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of Empire

byWm Roger LouisEditorNicholas Canny, Wm Roger Louis

Paperback | July 15, 2001

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 175 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Volume I of The Oxford History of the British Empire explores the origins of empire. It shows how and whyEngland, and later Britain, became involved with transoceanic navigation, trade, and settlement duringthe sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As late as 1630 involvement with regions beyond the traditional confines of Europe was still tentative; by 1690 it had become a firm commitment. The Origins of Empire explains how commercial and, eventually, territorial expansion brought about fundamentalchange, not only in the parts of America, Africa, and Asia that came under British influence, but also in domestic society and in Britain's relations with other European powers.The chapters, by leading historians, both illustrate the interconnections between developments in Europe and overseas and offer specialist studies on every part of the world that was substantially affected by British colonial activity. Their analysis also focuses on the ethical issues that werepresented by the encounter with peoples previously unknown to Europeans, and on the ways in which the colonists struggled to justify their conduct and activities.Series blurb The Oxford History of the British Empire is a major new assessment of the Empire in the light of recentscholarship and the progressive opening of historical records. From the founding of colonies in North America and the West Indies in the seventeenth century to the reversion of Hong Kong to China at the end of the twentieth, British imperialism was a catalyst for far-reaching change. The OxfordHistory of the British Empire as a comprehensive study allows us to understand the end of Empire in relation to its beginnings, the meaning of British imperialism for the ruled as well as the rulers, and the significence of the British Empire as a theme in world history.
Nicholas Canny is at National University of Ireland, Galway.
Title:The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of EmpireFormat:PaperbackPublished:July 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199246769

ISBN - 13:9780199246762

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

1. Nicholas Canny: The Origins of Empire: An Introduction2. Anthony Pagden: The Struggle for Legitimacy and the Image of Empire in the Atlantic to c. 17003. John Appleby: War, Politics, and Colonization 1558-16254. N. A. M. Rodger: Guns and Sails in the First Phase of English Colonization 1500-16505. Jane Ohlmeyer: 'Civilizing of those Rude Partes': Colonization within Britain and Ireland 1580s-1640s6. Nicholas Canny: England's New Word and the Old 1480s-1630s7. James Horn: Tobacco Colonies: The Shaping of English Society in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake8. Virginia DeJohn Anderson: New England in the Seventeenth Century9. Hilary McD Beckles: The Hub of Empire: The Caribbean and Britain the Seventeenth Century10. P. E. H. Hair: The English in Western Africa to 170011. P. J. Marshall: The English in Asia to 170012. David Armitage: Literature and Empire13. Michael Braddick: The English Government, War, Trade, and Settlement 1625-168814. T. C. Barnard: New Opportunities for British Settlement: Ireland 1650-170015. Peter C. Mancell: Native Americans and Europeans in English America 1500-170016. Ned Landman: The Middle Colonies: New Opportunities for Settlement 1660-170017. Robert Weir: `Shaftesbury's Darling': British Settlement in the Carolinas at the Close of the Seventeenth Century18. Nuala Zahedieh: Overseas Expansion and Trade in the Seventeenth Century19. Jonathan I Israel: The Emerging Emprire: The Continental Perspective 1650-171520. Richard S. Dunn: The Glorious Revolution and America21. G. E. Aylmer: Navy, State, Trade, and Empire

Editorial Reviews

`Oxford University Press has recently published a wide variety of historical titles in paperback. Pride of place must go to the five volume Oxford History of the British Empire written under the general editorship of Professor William Roger Lewis and published in hardback in 1998. The fivevolumes, describe the history and effect of the Empire on world history. The scholars who contributed and the volumes' individual editors all deserve high praise for thie massive undertaking.'Contemporary Review