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The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives

The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives

Sarah E. Stockwell (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-12535-2

Jan 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

384 pages

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$46.95

Description

This volume adopts a distinctive thematic approach to the history of British imperialism from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It brings together leading scholars of British imperial history: Tony Ballantyne, John Darwin, Andrew Dilley, Elizabeth Elbourne, Kent Fedorowich, Eliga Gould, Catherine Hall, Stephen Howe, Sarah Stockwell, Andrew Thompson, Stuart Ward, and Jon Wilson.

  • Each contributor offers a personal assessment of the topic at hand, and examines key interpretive debates among historians
  • Addresses many of the core issues that constitute a broad understanding of the British Empire, including the economics of the empire, the empire and religion, and imperial identities
Notes on Contributors.

Foreword.

List of Abbreviations.

Maps.

1. Britain’s Empires: John Darwin.

2. Foundations of Empire, 1763-1783: Eliga Gould.

3. Empire and Ideology: Stephen Howe.

4. Empire and the British State: Andrew Thompson.

5. The British Empire on the Move, 1760-1914: Kent Fedorowich.

6. Economics and Empire: Andrew Dilley.

7. Religion in the British Empire: Elizabeth Elbourne.

8. Colonial Knowledge: Tony Ballantyne.

9. Agency, Narrative, and Resistance: Jon E. Wilson.

10. Culture and Identity in Imperial Britain: Catherine Hall.

11. Imperial Identities: Stuart Ward.

12. Ends of Empire: S. E. Stockwell.

Bibliography.

Index

"The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives is an impressive collection of twelve chapters by junior and senior scholars which presents overviews of various areas of scholarship on the British Empire . . . nevertheless, the vast scope of past and present historiography covered in The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives makes it an invaluable companion for students and scholars of the British Empire." (Canadian Journal of History, 1 October 2010)

"By putting the 'old' political, economic, intellectual history in conversation with newer concerns about culture, gender, race, sexuality, identity-formation, and migration, this approach might be a very important way of reinvigorating the study of empire." (Victorian Studies, Autumn 2009)

"It will provide a most stimulating companion for students and researchers alike." (English Historical Review, June 2009)

"This book provides a wide-ranging, judicious, and insightful survey of some of the most important contemporary issues in British imperial and colonial historiography. Editor Stockwell (King's College London) has assembled 12 excellent essays on a representative sample of themes. Stockwell has cut through the polemics that have sometimes characterized scholarly debate in imperial history, demonstrating that the field's strengths are greater than the sum of its parts. Essential." (CHOICE, December 2008)


  • Adopts a distinctive thematic approach to the history of British imperialism from the eighteenth to the twentieth century
  • Brings together leading scholars of British imperial history: Tony Ballantyne, John Darwin, Andrew Dilley, Elizabeth Elbourne, Kent Fedorowich, Eliga Gould, Catherine Hall, Stephen Howe, Sarah Stockwell, Andrew Thompson, Stuart Ward, and Jon Wilson
  • Each contributor offers a personal assessment of the topic at hand, and examines key interpretive debates among historians
  • Addresses many of the core issues that constitute a broad understanding of the British Empire, including the economics of the empire, the empire and religion, and imperial identities