The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

Paperback | July 1, 2001

EditorRobin Winks, 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 helps us to understand the end of Empire in relation to its beginning, the meaning of British imperialism for the ruled as well as for therulers, and the significance of the British Empire as a theme in world history.This fifth and final volume shows how opinions have changed dramatically over the generations about the nature, role, and value of imperialism generally, and the British Empire more specifically. The distinguished team of contributors discuss the many and diverse elements which have influencedwritings on the Empire: the pressure of current events, access to primary sources, the creation of relevant university chairs, the rise of nationalism in former colonies, decolonization, and the Cold War. They demonstrate how the study of empire has evolved from a narrow focus on constitutionalissues to a wide-ranging enquiry about international relations, the uses of power, and impacts and counterimpacts between settler groups and native peoples. The result is a thought-provoking cultural and intellectual inquiry into how we understand the past, and whether this understanding mightaffect the way we behave in the future.

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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...

Robin Winks is Randolph W. Townsend Professor of History at Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:760 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.5 inPublished:July 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199246807

ISBN - 13:9780199246809

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors1. Introduction2. The First British Empire3. The Second British Empire4. British North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries5. The American Revolution6. Ireland7. The British West Indies8. Canada and the Empire9. Australia and the Empire10. Colonization and History in New Zealand11. India to 185812. India, 1858-193713. India in the 1940s14. Ceylon (Sri Lanka)15. Pakistan's Emergence16. Science, Medicine, and the British Empire17. Disease, Diet, and Gender: Late Twentieth-Century Critical Perspective on Empire18. Exploration and Empire19. Missions and Empire20. Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Abolition21. The Royal Navy and the British Empire22. Imperial Defence23. The Empire-Commonwealth and the Two World Wars24. Imperial Flotsam? The British in the Pacific Islands25. Formal and Informal Empire in East Asia26. The British Empire in South-East Asia27. Formal and Imformal Empire in the Middle East28. Informal Empire in Latin America29. Britain and the Scramble for Africa30. The British Empire in Tropical Africa: A Review of the Literature to the 1960s31. West Africa32. East Africa: Metropolitan Action and Local Initiative33. Central and Southern Africa34. Decolonization and the End of Empire35. The Commonwealth36. Art and Empire37. Architecture in the British Empire38. Orients and Occidents: Colonial Discourse Theory and the Historiography of the British Empire39. The Shaping of Imperial History40. The Future of Imperial History41. The Way ForwardChronology, 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