The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective

The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective

by Timothy H. Parsons
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The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective by Timothy H. Parsons

Although Britain's overseas empire may not have been "acquired in a fit of absence of mind," as one of its most prominent historians once alleged, neither was it the brainchild of politicians and bureaucrats in London. Why, then, has so much imperial history been written from this metropolitan perspective? Timothy Parsons strongly contends that the scope and duration of this, the largest of all modern European empires, can only be understood from a non-Western perspective. In an exceptionally concise and informative fashion, The British Imperial Century offers its readers a comprehensive overview of the formation and administration of the empire from its origins in the early nineteenth century, to its climax at mid-century, to its denouement on the eve of the First World War. This was the era in which a previously "informal" empire based on trade and commerce was transformed into a "formal" empire in which trade was often of secondary importance to strategic or political considerations. Parsons devotes chapters to key colonies and regions, many of them overlooked by previous scholars, that include the Indian "raj," Africa, the Middle East, and China. He also considers the long-term consequences of imperialism on the cultures of the colonized and the colonizers alike. An ambitious and thoughtful contribution to the field of imperial history, The British Imperial Century will find a useful place in courses on world history and European history, or as a supplemental text for classes on African, Asian, British, or Middle Eastern history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742572171
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/1999
Series: Critical Issues in World and International History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Timothy Parsons is assistant professor of history and African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

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The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Modern-Major-General More than 1 year ago
This book was one of two books used in a history course on the British Empire After 1780. The book was very informative and combined research and essays written both during the period and after the British Empire had decolonized. The book presented all information logically and with great footnotes for further study. This book was written for both undergraduate level students and casual readers interested in the phenomenon that is the British Empire that history remembers as never having a setting sun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS VERY EDUCATIONAL, AND WENT INTO MUCH DETAIL OF THE ISSUES THAT OCCURED DURING THIS TIME AND THE EFFECTS IT HAD ON THE AFRICAN PEOPLE.