Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present

Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present

by Denis Judd
     
 

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The British Empire changed the face of the modern world. At its zenith it governed more than a quarter of the world's population, and spanned at least a fifth of its surface. Through these sovereign acquisitions, the British people derived wealth, influence, and prestige. Empire also became a defining aspect of British identity, affording the nation a sense of

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The British Empire changed the face of the modern world. At its zenith it governed more than a quarter of the world's population, and spanned at least a fifth of its surface. Through these sovereign acquisitions, the British people derived wealth, influence, and prestige. Empire also became a defining aspect of British identity, affording the nation a sense of international purpose and political and social unity. Yet, for many of those that it controlled, the Empire often represented something darker: an arbitrary power which disrupted local customs, social structures and government.

In this new edition of his classic work, Denis Judd analyses the sweep of the British colonial story, from the American Revolution to the present day, decisively illustrating the influence of Britain's imperial past on her place in the twenty-first century. This renowned book, fully updated, will be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding modern Britain and its imperial history.

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"Empire stands alone as a survey of the British Empire…it provides an excellent introduction to the British imperial experience in all its complexity, including issues of gender, race, sexuality, and national identity." - Peter Weiler, Professor of History, Boston College

"Denis Judd deserves to be better known in the United States, and this book will make him so. It is a vividly readable history of the rise, spread and fall of British imperium since 1765. Judd tells it all, accurately and without chauvinism." - Walter Nugent, Tackes Professor Emeritus of History, Notre Dame University

"Among the most readable and astute examinations of British imperial history ever written. Its judgement is critical but fair. It is the culmination of a career of research and thinking about the British Empire, and it clearly reflects that both have been thorough. Truly a Magnum Opus." - Robert Cole, Professor of History, Utah State University

"An excellent book…The treatment by Professor Judd cannot be faulted…[he] comes to balanced and sensible conclusions…He also gives an admirable chronology." - The Times

"The best general history on the subject now available…always stimulating and absorbing and sometimes an unrivalled tour d'horizon." - Irish Times

"An excellent new study…compelling reading. A refreshing willingness to indulge in 'what if' speculations also shows Judd at his revisionist best." - Andrew Roberts, Sunday Times

"A superb, immense and very splendid book." - Tony Palmer, BBC Radio 3, Nightwaves

"Wonderfully ambitious…a pungent and attractive survey of the British Empire." - Linda Colley, London Review of Books

"Denis Judd has provided a valuable and sometimes innovative synthesis…Each chapter begins with a vivid narrative of a key event… [there is] the skill with which Judd intercuts his narrative with lively and well-balanced summaries of even the most rebarbative current historical debates." - Times Higher Education Supplement

"This excellent book…It is one of the merits of Judd's book that he helps to restore the balance between the good and the bad, and the ugly, and in so doing helps us the better to understand the Empire in all its complexity. He brings impressive credentials to his task, the scale of which is enormous…he has wisely opted for a thematic approach. His style is clear and readable. The story of the Empire is not yet over, nor its epitaph written, but this book is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of that story thus far." - Glasgow Herald

"This book is in many ways the culminating work of Professor Judd's career, bringing together immense erudition, genuine narrative gifts and a capacity to pick out important details from a vast range of materials…Judd's narrative method is highly original." - National Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848859951
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
11/04/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
554
Product dimensions:
1.11(w) x 1.11(h) x 1.11(d)

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John Keegan
"Written with great thoroughness and keen analysis. [Empire] will become an indispensable one-volume source for anyone concerned to know about the most important non-domestic institution created by the British during their existence as a single nation."
Robert Cole
"Among the most readable and astute examinations of British imperial history ever written. Its judgment is critical but fair. It is the culmination of a career of research and thinking about the British Empire, and it clearly reflects that both have been thorough. Truly a Magnum Opus."
Peter Weilder
"Empire stands alone as a survey of the history of the modern British Empire. Unlike conventional narratives of British expansion, which focus narrowly on politics, Empire provides an excellent introduction to the British imperial experience in all its complexity, including issues of gender, race, sexuality, and national identity."
C.A. Bayly
"Judd intercuts his narrative with lively, well-balanced summaries of even the most rebarbative current historiographical debates. Empire is thoroughly readable and can be recommended to students as much as to the general reader."
Andrew Roberts
"An excellent new study . . . Judd writes with a freshness and willingness to challenge historical convention that makes this compelling reading . . . A refreshing willingness to indulge in 'what if' speculation also shows Judd at his revisionist best."
Walter Nugent
"Denis Judd deserves to be better known in the United States, and this book will make him so. It is a vividly readable history of the rise, spread, and disappearance of the British imperium since 1765. Judd tells it all, accurately and without chauvinism."
Linda Colley
"Wonderfully ambitious . . . a pungent and attractive survey [that] expertly summarizes current debates."

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