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 toChina at the end of the twentieth, British imperialism was a catalyst for far-reaching change. The Oxford History of the British Empire as a comprehensive study helps us to understand the end of Empire in relation to its beginning, the meaning of British imperialism for the ruled as well as for therulers, and the significance of the British Empire as a theme in world history. Volume III of The Oxford History of the British Empire covers the long nineteenth century, from the achievement of American independence in the 1780s to the eve of world war in 1914. This was the period of Britain's greatest expansion as both empire-builder and dominant world power. The volume isdivided into two parts. The first contains thematic chapters, some focusing on Britain, others on areas at the imperial periphery, exploring those fundamental dynamics of British expansion whcih made imperial influence and rule possible. They also examine the economic, cultural, and institutionalframeworks whcih gave shape to Britain's overseas empire. Part 2 is devoted to the principal areas of imperial activity overseas, including both white settler and tropical colonies. Chapters examine how British interests and imperial rule shaped individual regions' nineteenth-century political and socio-economic history. Themes dealt with include theeconomics of empire, imperial institutions, defence, technology, imperial and colonial cultures, science and exploration. Attention is given not only to the formal empire, from Australasia and the West Indies to India and the African colonies, but also to China and Latin America, often regarded ascentral components of a British 'informal empire'.
List of Contributors; 1. Introduction; 2. The First British Empire; 3. The Second British Empire; 4. British North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries; 5. The American Revolution; 6. Ireland; 7. The British West Indies; 8. Canada and the Empire; 9. Australia and the Empire; 10. Colonization and History in New Zealand; 11. India to 1858; 12. India, 1858-1937; 13. India in the 1940s; 14. Ceylon (Sri Lanka); 15. Pakistan's Emergence; 16. Science, Medicine, and the British Empire; 17. Disease, Diet, and Gender: Late Twentieth-Century Critical Perspective on Empire; 18. Exploration and Empire; 19. Missions and Empire; 20. Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Abolition; 21. The Royal Navy and the British Empire; 22. Imperial Defence; 23. The Empire-Commonwealth and the Two World Wars; 24. Imperial Flotsam? The British in the Pacific Islands; 25. Formal and Informal Empire in East Asia; 26. The British Empire in South-East Asia; 27. Formal and Imformal Empire in the Middle East; 28. Informal Empire in Latin America; 29. Britain and the Scramble for Africa; 30. The British Empire in Tropical Africa: A Review of the Literature to the 1960s; 31. West Africa; 32. East Africa: Metropolitan Action and Local Initiative; 33. Central and Southern Africa; 34. Decolonization and the End of Empire; 35. The Commonwealth; 36. Art and Empire; 37. Architecture in the British Empire; 38. Orients and Occidents: Colonial Discourse Theory and the Historiography of the British Empire; 39. The Shaping of Imperial History; 40. The Future of Imperial History; 41. The Way Forward; Chronology, Index.
Number Of Pages: 731
Published: 20th September 2001