The Rise and Fall of the British Empire / Edition 3

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire / Edition 3

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by Lawrence James
     
 

Great Britain's geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically fragile island often at odds with her European neighbors.
Lawrence James has written a comprehensive, perceptive, and insighful history of the British

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Overview

Great Britain's geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically fragile island often at odds with her European neighbors.
Lawrence James has written a comprehensive, perceptive, and insighful history of the British Empire. Spanning the years from 1600 to the present day, this critically acclaimed book combines detailed scholarship with readable popular history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312169855
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
630,666
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.89(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgements
Introduction
My New-Found-Land: North America3
Baubles for the Souls of Men: The West and East Indies16
The Necessary Union of Plantations: Crown and Colonies27
Dispositions of Providence: The Colonists37
Rule of the Main: The Making of British Seapower, 1689-174851
'Tis to Glory we Steer: Gains and Losses, 1749-8366
The Empire of America: Settlement and War, 1689-177583
The Descendants of Britons: North America Rebels, 1765-7598
The World Turned Upside Down: The American War of Independence, 1775-83107
The Terror of Our Arms: Conquest and Trade in India, 1689-1815122
The Desert of Waters: The Pacific and Australasia139
Wealth and Victory: The Struggle against France, 1793-1815151
Power and Greatness: Commerce, Seapower and Strategy, 1815-70169
We are Going as Civilisers: Empire and Public Opinion, 1815-80184
The Mission of Our Race: Britain and the 'New Imperialism', 1880-1902200
The Miracle of the World: India, 1815-1905217
They Little Know Our Strength: The Far East and the Pacific235
A Great English-Speaking Country: South Africa251
That Heroic Soul: The Struggle for the Nile269
The Greatest Blessing that Africa has Known: East and West Africa288
Ye Sons of the Southern Cross: The White Dominions307
Be Brave, Be Bold, Do Right!: The Edwardian Empire and the People319
To Join the Khaki Line: The Empire and the Coming of War334
E is for Empire for which We Would Die: 1914-18353
Clear Out or Govern: Troubles, mainly Irish, 1919-39371
Their Country's Dignity: Egypt 1919-42386
The Haughty Governess: The Middle East, 1919-42395
A New Force and New Power: India, 1919-42412
For the Benefit of Everyone: Concepts of Empire, 1919-39428
The Bond of One Spirit: The Public Face of Empire, 1919-39438
No Good Blustering: The Limits of Imperial Power, 1919-36451
We Shall Come to No Good: The Empire goes to War, 1937-9467
Finest Hour: The Empire at War, 1939-41482
Steadfast Comrades: The Stresses of War496
The Defence of Archaic Privilege: The Empire Restored, 1942-5511
The Colonialists are on the Rampage: The Empire in the Post-war World525
Friendly Relations: India and the Liquidation of Empire, 1945-7542
The World as It Is: Middle Eastern Misadventures, 1945-56559
Kick Their Backsides: The Suez War and Beyond573
The Old Red, White and Blue: Reactions to a Dying Empire588
Uhuru: Tying up Loose Ends, 1959-80607
Unfinished Business622
Bibliography631
Notes651
Index677

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