Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present

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The British Empire radically altered the modern world. At its height it governed over a quarter of the human race, encompassed more than one fifth of the globe and provided the British people with profits and a sense of international purpose. For the people it dominated and controlled, however, the Empire represented arbitrary power, gunboat diplomacy and the disruption of local customs. Yet while it rested upon military force and direct rule, it also pulsated with ideals -- of freedom, democracy and even ...
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Overview

The British Empire radically altered the modern world. At its height it governed over a quarter of the human race, encompassed more than one fifth of the globe and provided the British people with profits and a sense of international purpose. For the people it dominated and controlled, however, the Empire represented arbitrary power, gunboat diplomacy and the disruption of local customs. Yet while it rested upon military force and direct rule, it also pulsated with ideals -- of freedom, democracy and even equality.
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What People Are Saying

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."
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."
Linda Colley
"Wonderfully ambitious . . . a pungent and attractive survey [that] expertly summarizes current debates."
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."
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."
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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848859951
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 1.11 (w) x 1.11 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Anatomy of an Empire: An Introduction 1
2 The American Revolution: The End of the First British Empire? 18
3 Australia: The First Fleet of 1788, and the Subsequent Settlements; Gold, Wool and Responsible Government 29
4 Ireland: The Union of 1800; the Agitation for Home Rule and its Partial Resolution; Problems of Identity as Both Imperial Partner and Subordinate Nation 40
5 Canada: The Rebellions of 1837; the Durham Report; Responsible Government; Settlement and Expansion; Inter-Colonial Rivalries; the 1867 Confederation 50
6 The Repeat of the Corn Laws in 1846: The Economics of Empire 58
7 The Great Indian Uprising of 1857-58: The British in India 66
8 The Jamaica Rebellion of 1865: British Interests in the Caribbean and the 'Nigger Question' 82
9 The Opening of the Suez Canal in 1869: Britain in Egypt and the Sudan; Gordon at Khartoum, and Kitchener's Reconquest of the Sudan 92
10 The Battle of Majuba Hill, 1881: Bantu, Briton and Boer in South Africa; From the British Annexation of the Cape to the Convention of London 1884 104
11 Cecil Rhodes' Legacy: Fantasy, Power and the Partition of Africa 117
12 Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897: The Uses and the Misuses of Empire; an Imperial Triumph, or Whistling in the Dark? Fin de Siecle and the Problems and Opportunities of Empire 130
13 The Battle of Spion Kop, 1900: Crisis, War and Union in South Africa 154
14 The Suicide of Sir Hector MacDonald, 1903: Sex and the British Empire 171
15 Joseph Chamberlain and the Cabinet Split of 1903: Tariff Reform, Economic Decline and Imperial Preference 187
16 Scouting for Boys, 1908: National Decline, Empire, Youth and Education 201
17 The Imperial Conference of 1911: The Unity and the Disunity of the Empire; Pan-Anglo-Saxonism, and the Pax Britannica 214
18 The Gandhi-Smuts Agreement of January 1914: Anti-Imperialism, Resistance Movements, and 'Occidentalism' versus 'Orientalism' 226
19 The 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland: Britain, the Empire and the First World War 242
20 The Amritsar Massacre of 1919: Gandhi, the Raj and the Growth of Indian Nationalism, 1915-39 258
21 The 1924 British Empire Wembley Exhibition: Selling and Buying the Empire-Commonwealth in the Inter-War Years 273
22 The Balfour Definition of Dominion Status, 1926: The Empire's Constitution, Trade and Development Between the Wars 287
23 The Bodyline Tour of Australia, 1932: Imperialism, National Identity and Sport 297
24 The Fall of Singapore, February 1942: Britain, the Empire-Commonwealth and the Second World War 310
25 The Partition of India, 1947: The Labour Government and the Empire-Commonwealth, 1945 to 1951 323
26 The Trial of Jomo Kenyatta, 1953: Churchill's Return to Power in Britain; the Conservative 'Holding Operation'; Confrontations with Nationalist Movements in Egypt, Cyprus, West and East Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean 346
27 The Suez Crisis of 1956: The Fall of the British Empire and the Rise of the Commonwealth - and the Common Market 359
28 Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence, November 1965: Variable Winds of Change, and Wilson's Labour Government, 1964 to 1970 372
29 The Declaration of Commonwealth Principles at Singapore, 1971: The Commonwealth During the 1970s 387
30 The Falklands War, 1982: The Remnants of Empire 402
31 The Inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa, May 1994: Post-Colonialism and the Balance Sheet of Empire 410
Chronology 1765-1996 433
Notes 469
Bibliography 479
Index 503
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