Making and Unmaking of Empires Britain, India, and America C. 1750-1783

ISBN-10: 0199226660
ISBN-13: 9780199226665
Edition: 2007
Authors: P. J. Marshall
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List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

In The Making and Unmaking of Empires P. J. Marshall, distinguished author of numerous books on the British Empire and former Rhodes Professor of Imperial History, provides a unified interpretation of British imperial history in the later eighteenth century. He brings together into a common focus Britain's loss of empire in North America and the winning of territorial dominion in parts of India and argues that these developments were part of a single phase of Britain'simperial history, rather than marking the closing of a 'first' Atlantic empire and the rise of a 'second' eastern one.In both India and North America Britain pursued similar objectives in this period. Fearful of the apparent enmity of France, Britain sought to secure the interests overseas which were thought to contribute so much to her wealth and power. This involved imposing a greater degree of control over colonies in America and over the East India Company and its new possessions in India. Aspirations to greater control also reflected an increasing confidence in Britain's capacity to regulate the affairsof subject peoples, especially through parliament.If British objectives throughout the world were generally similar, whether they could be achieved depended on the support or at least acquiescence of those they tried to rule. Much of this book is concerned with bringing together the findings of the rich historical writing on both post-Mughal India and late colonial America to assess the strengths and weaknesses of empire in different parts of the world. In North America potential allies who were closely linked to Britain in beliefs, cultureand economic interest were ultimately alienated by Britain's political pretensions. Empire was extremely fragile in two out of the three main Indian settlements. In Bengal, however, the British achieved a modus vivendi with important groups which enabled them to build a secure base for the futuresubjugation of the subcontinent.

Introduction1. British World-Wide Expansion2. State and Empire3. War and its Transformations: The Atlantic 1754-17634. War and its Transformations: India 1754-17655. Ideas of Empire 1763-1776: The 'Old' Empire6. Ideas of Empire 1763-1776: The 'New' Empire7. The Making of Empire, I: India, New Imperial Structures8. The Making of Empire, II: India, Madras, Bombay, and Bengal9. The Unmaking of Empire, I: North America 1763-176810. The Unmaking of Empire, II: North America 1768-177511. War and its Resolutions 1775-1783BibliographyIndex

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