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The British Empire : Oxford Readers - Jane Samson

The British Empire

Oxford Readers

By: Jane Samson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2001
ISBN: 9780192892935
Number Of Pages: 344

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The phenomenon of imperialism has never been under such intense scrutiny, by such a wide range of academic disciplines, as it is today. From cultural studies to the history of science, academics are engaged in a series of debates about empire which move far beyond traditional preoccupations with metropolitan strategy, economics, and rivalry. Using primary and secondary documentary sources, this reader negotiates the many trends and concerns in recent debates to provide a broad-based, comparative history of the British Empire. Selected readings are presented within a chronological framework, from the origins of empire to decolonization and beyond. Samson adopts a theme of identity to explore different perspectives through the sources, including metropolitan, colonial, and indigenous responses. General and section introductions explore such issues as the role of economics and religion in imperial expansion and rule; how indigenous and Creole populations constructed and expressed their own identities; and what changes were wrought by the process of decolonization. Bringing together a wide range of documentary evidence, this volume allows the varied and vital debates on aspects of imperialism and identity to be seen in the context of the broad history of the British Empire.

Industry Reviews

Excellent, incredibly useful collection of primary sources for an undergraduate course on the British Empire. * Charlotte L Riley, Lecturer in Modern British History, University of York *

General Introduction The Early Empire An empire of the sea Slavery Colonial identities The Eighteenth Century New horizons The American Revolution Conquest and identity The problem of India The Nineteenth Century Trade and empire Reform and empire The British diaspora Empire contested The 'new imperialism' The Twentieth Century The end of empire The empire at war The pioneers: India/Pakistan and Ghana Settler minorities: Kenya and Zimbabwe Peoples and borders: Palestine and Malaysia Maps Chronology Select bibliography

ISBN: 9780192892935
ISBN-10: 0192892932
Series: Oxford Readers
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.24 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48