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The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire

The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire

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P. J. Marshall, David Fieldhouse, A. J. Stockwell, Andrew Porter, Thomas R. Metcalf, Ged Martin, Benjamin E. Kline, John M. Mackenzie, K. S. Inglis, Toyin Falola, Tapan Raychaudhuri
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  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521002547

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  • For most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the British ruled over a colossal empire that stretched from one end of the map to the other. One cannot contemplate modern history without considering the role of the British Empire. The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire is an illuminating survey of the development and impact of the British Empire from the end of the American Revolution to the present day. Against a background of striking illustrations, twelve experts on imperial history survey the experience of colonialism in North America, the Caribbean, India, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia. They emphasize social and cultural history: the movement of peoples, including slavery, and of ideas, including Christianity, art, and literature; the development of trade, transport, and urban life; the impact of imperialism on food, dress, and recreation; and the emergence of new national identities. Imperialism can be a contentious issue. While not seeking to avoid controversial topics, The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire is by no means a nostalgic look at a bygone era. It is a lively document chronicling an important part of our cultural history. It will be of wide interest to history enthusiasts, students, and scholars alike.

    • Special boxes on key aspects of the subject
    • Superb illustration and an authoritative, readable text
    • First-time paperback, at a price accessible to students, of successful trade hardback
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a handsomely illustrated product of scrupulous research and clear, no-nonsense writing." Houston Chronicle

    "It is a splendid book, edited and in large part written by P.J. Marshall, the doyen of our imperial historians....the illustrations are an integral part of the argument." London Financial Times

    "In summary, the editor and his contributors are to be commended for producing a critical, balanced, lucid, and endlessly fascinating survey of the British empire in all its complexity and human drama for the general reader." Boston Book Review

    "...written by 11 scholarly experts on imperial history...[an] erudite and beautifully illustrated book." Indianapolis Star

    "An incisive overview of the development and influence of the British Empire..." Book Alert

    "Although the sun has set on the British Empire, it keeps rising over its globe-spanning legacy in the former colonies' language, political boundaries, economics, and ethnic composition. Marshall has devoted his academic career to that legacy, experience that lends comfortable reliability to this edition....[an] attractively styled, balanced work." Booklist

    "In summary, the editor and his contributors are to be commended for producing a critical, balanced, lucid. and endlessly fascinating survey of the British empire in all its complexity and human drama for the general reader." Michael Shinagel, The Boston Book Review

    "Another handsome volume from a distinguished series..." Amazon.Com

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521002547
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 206 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.405kg
    • contains: 80 b/w illus. 120 colour illus. 12 maps
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the world shaped by empire P. J. Marshall
    Part I. The History of Empire:
    1. The British empire at the end of the eighteenth century P. J. Marshall
    2. 1783–1870: an expanding empire P. J. Marshall
    3. 1870–1918: the empire under threat P. J. Marshall
    4. 1918 to the 1960s: keeping afloat P. J. Marshall
    Part II. The Life of the Empire:
    5. For richer, for poorer? David Fieldhouse
    6. Power, authority, and freedom A. J. Stockwell
    7. Empires in the mind Andrew Porter
    8. Imperial towns and cities Thomas R. Metcalf
    9. British emigration and new identities Ged Martin and Benjamin E. Kline
    10. The diaspora of the Africans and the Asians P. J. Marshall
    11. Art and the empire John M. Mackenzie
    Part III. The Imperial Experience:
    12. Imperial Britain P. J. Marshall
    13. Australia K. S. Inglis
    14. Africa Toyin Falola
    15. British rule in India: an assessment Tapan Raychaudhuri
    Conclusion: Empire in retrospect P. J. Marshall
    Reference Guide: British imperial territories from 1783
    Further reading
    Contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Index.

  • Editor

    P. J. Marshall
    P. J. Marshall is Emeritus Professor of History at King's College, London, where he taught the history of empire from 1959–93. He was born in Calcutta, educated at Oxford, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. His numerous publications include The Impeachment of Warren Hastings; The British Discovery of Hinduism; East Indian Fortunes; and Bengal, the British Bridgehead. Professor Marshall is an associate editor of The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke.

    Contributors

    P. J. Marshall, David Fieldhouse, A. J. Stockwell, Andrew Porter, Thomas R. Metcalf, Ged Martin, Benjamin E. Kline, John M. Mackenzie, K. S. Inglis, Toyin Falola, Tapan Raychaudhuri

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