The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century

Paperback | July 1, 2001

EditorJudith Brown, Wm Roger Louis

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The Oxford History of the British Empire is a major new assessment of the Empire in the light of recent scholarship 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 toChina at the end of the twentieth, British imperialism was a catalyst for far-reaching change. The Oxford History 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 therulers, and the significance of the British Empire as a theme in world history. Volume IV considers many aspects of the 'imperial experience' in the final years of the British Empire, culminating in the mid-century's rapid processes of decolonization. It seeks to understand the men who managed the empire, their priorities and vision, and the mechanisms of control and connectionwhich held the empire together. There are chapters on imperial centres, on the geographical 'periphery' of empire, and on all its connecting mechanisms, including institutions and the flow of people, money, goods, and services. The volume also explores the experience of 'imperial subjects' - interms of culture, politics, and economics; an experience which culminated in the growth of vibrant, often new, national identities and movements and, ultimately, new nation-states. It concludes with the processes of decolonization which reshaped the political map of the late twentieth-century world.

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The Oxford History of the British Empire is a major new assessment of the Empire in the light of recent scholarship 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 toChina at the end of the twentieth, British i...

Judith Brown is at Balliol College, Oxford. Wm Roger Louis is at University of Texas at Austin; and Fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, List of Figures, List of Tables, Abbreviations and Location of Manuscript Sources, List of Contributors1. Wm. Roger Louis: Introduction2. Ronald Hyam: The British Empire in the Edwardian Era3. John Darwin: A Third British Empire? The Dominion Idea in Imperial Politics4. D. K. Fieldhouse: The Metropolitan Economics of Empire5. Robert Holland: The British Empire and the Great War, 1914-19186. Deirdre McMahon: Ireland and the Empire-Commonwealth, 1900-19487. Stephen Constantine: Migrants and Settlers8. Nicholas Owen: Critics of Empire9. John M. MacKenzie: The Popular Culture of Empire in Britain10. John W. Cell: Colonial Rule11. Ronald Hyam: Bureaucracy and `Trusteeship' in the Colonial Empire12. Anthony Clayton: `Deceptive Might': Imperial Defence and Security, 1900-196813. Keith Jeffery: The Second World War14. Wm. Roger Louis: The Dissolution of the British Empire15. B. R. Tomlinson: Imperialism and After: The Economy of the Empire on the Periphery16. Rosalind O' Hanlon: Gender in the British Empire17. Francis Robinson: The British Empire and the Muslim Worlds18. Judith M. Brown: India19. Stephen Ashton: Ceylon20. A. J. Stockwell: Imperialism and Nationalism in South-East Asia21. Glen Balfour-Paul: Britain's Informal Empire in the Middle East22. Toyin Falola and A. D. Roberts: West Africa23. John Lonsdale: East Africa24. Shula Marks: Southern Africa25. David MacKenzie: Canada, the North Atlantic Triangle, and the Empire26. Howard Johnson: The British Caribbean from Demobilization to Constitutional Decolonization27. Alan Knight: Latin America28. Jurgen Osterhammel: China29. W. David McIntyre: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands30. W. David McIntyre: Commonwealth Legacy31. Judith M. Brown: EpilogueChronology, Index

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`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