This pioneering comparative study of British imperialism in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds draws on the perspectives of British newcomers overseas and their native hosts, metropolitan officials and corporate enterprises, migrants and settlers. Leading scholars examine the divergences and commonalities in the legal and ecomic regimes that allowed Britain to project imperium across the globe. They explore the nature of sovereignty and law, governance and regulation, diplomacy, military relations and commerce, shedding new light on the processes of expansion that influenced the making of empire. While ackwledging the distinctions and divergences in imperial endeavours in Asia and the Americas - t least in terms of the size of indigeus populations, technical and cultural differences, and approaches to indigeus polities - this book argues that these differences must be seen in the context of what Britons overseas shared, including constitutional principles, claims of sovereignty, disciplinary regimes and military attitudes.
H. V. Bowen is Professor of Modern History at Swansea University. His books include The Business of Empire: The East India Company and Imperial Britain, 1760-1833 (2006) and Wales and the British Overseas Empire: Interactions and Influences, 1680-1830 (as editor, 2011). Elizabeth Mancke is the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Her books include The Fault Lines of Empire: Political Differentiation in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, c.1760-1830 (2004) and The Creation of the British Atlantic World (as co-editor, 2005). John G. Reid is a member of the Department of History at Saint Mary's University and Senior Research Fellow at the Gorsebrook Research Institute. His books include New England and the Maritime Provinces: Connections and Comparisons (as co-editor, 2005) and Essays on Northeastern America, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (2008).