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- DescriptionWhat was the course and consequence of the British Empire? The rights and wrongs, strengths and weaknesses of empire are a major topic in global history, and deservedly so. Focusing on the most prominent and wide-ranging empire in world history, the British empire, Jeremy Black provides t only a history of that empire, but also a perspective from which to consider the issues of its strengths and weaknesses, and rights and wrongs. In short, this is history both of the past, and of the present-day discussion of the past, that recognises that discussion over historical empires is in part a reflection of the consideration of contemporary states. In this book Professor Black weaves together an overview of the British Empire across the centuries, with a considered commentary on both the public historiography of empire and the politically-charged character of much discussion of it. There is a coverage here of social as well as political and ecomic dimensions of empire, and both the British perspective and that of the colonies is considered. The chrological dimension is set by the need to consider t only imperial expansion by the British state, but also the history of Britain within an imperial context. As such, this is a story of empires within the British Isles, Europe, and, later, world-wide. The book addresses global decline, decolonisation, and the complex nature of post-colonialism and different imperial activity in modern and contemporary history. Taking a revisionist approach, there is automatic assumption that imperialism, empire and colonialism were 'bad' things. Instead, there is a dispassionate and evidence-based evaluation of the British empire as a form of government, an ecomic system, and a method of engagement with the world, one with both faults and benefits for the metropole and the colony.
- Author BiographyJeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of over 100 books, especially on eighteenth-century British politics and international relations, and is or has been on a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Military History, the RUSI Journal (the journal of the Royal United Services Institute), Media History, The International History Review, and History Today, and was editor of Archives.
- Author(s)Professor Jeremy Black
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication28/09/2015
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight684 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine16 mm
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