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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 to China at the end of the twentieth, British imperialism has been a catalyst for far-reaching change. This new series 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 significance of the British Empire as a theme in world history.

Volume V, the final volume in the series, is a thought-provoking cultural and intellectual inquiry into how we understand the past, and whether this understanding might affect the way we behave in the future. Leading historians discuss the many elements which have influenced writings on the Empire: the pressure of current events; access to primary sources; 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 constitutional issues to a wide-ranging enquiry about international relations, the uses of power, and impacts and counter-impacts between settler groups and native peoples.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Magnificent...Taken together, these books constitute an extraordinary feat of organization and scholarship, and they provide the authoritative history of the British Empire for our generation, and the essential starting point of the re-writing of that history which will take place in the next generation. Opinions differ about the British Empire; there can be no disagreement about this superb history of it." --David Cannadine in The Times Literary Supplement

"The Oxford History of the British Empire will take many years to be digested. In the meantime, its five volumes will gather little dust on library shelves. Those fortunate enough to have these books in their own library will possess a valuable publication that recommends new approaches and raises new questions about one of the greatest cultural and technological transfers that has taken place in the world during the past half millennium." --The Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199246809
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 760
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Winks is Randolph W. Townsend Professor of History at Yale University.
Wm. Roger Louis is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. Introduction 1
2. The First British Empire 43
3. The Second British Empire 54
4. British North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 73
5. The American Revolution 94
6. Ireland 114
7. The British West Indies 134
8. Canada and the Empire 146
9. Australia and the Empire 163
10. Colonization and History in New Zealand 182
11. India to 1858 194
12. India, 1858 to the 1930s 214
13. India in the 1940s 231
14. Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 243
15. Pakistan's Emergence 253
16. Science, Medicine, and the British Empire 264
17. Disease, Diet, and Gender: Late Twentieth-Century Perspectives on Empire 277
18. Exploration and Empire 290
19. Missions and Empire 303
20. Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Abolition 315
21. The Royal Navy and the British Empire 327
22. Imperial Defence 342
23. The Empire-Commonwealth and the Two World Wars 354
24. Imperial Flotsam? The British in the Pacific Islands 366
25. Formal and Informal Empire in East Asia 379
26. The British Empire in South-East Asia 403
27. Formal and Informal Empire in the Middle East 416
28. Informal Empire in Latin America 437
29. Britain and the Scramble for Africa 450
30. The British Empire in Tropical Africa: A Review of the Literature to the 1960s 463
31. West Africa 486
32. East Africa: Metropolitan Action and Local Initiative 500
33. Southern and Central Africa 513
34. Decolonization and the End of Empire 541
35. The Commonwealth 558
36. Art and Empire 571
37. Architecture in the British Empire 584
38. Orients and Occidents: Colonial Discourse Theory and the Historiography of the British Empire 596
39. The Shaping of Imperial History 612
40. Development and the Utopian Ideal, 1960-1999 635
41. The Future of Imperial History 653
Chronology 669
Index 701
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