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Description: The phenomenon of imperialism has never been under such intense scrutiny, by such a wide range of academic disciplines, as it is today. From cultural studies to the history of science, academics are engaged in a series of debates about empire which move far beyond traditional preoccupations with metropolitan strategy, economics, and rivalry. Using primary and secondary documentary sources, this reader negotiates the many trends and concerns in recent debates to provide a broad-based, comparative history of the British Empire. Selected readings are presented within a chronological framework, from the origins of empire to decolonization and beyond. Samson adopts a theme of identity to explore different perspectives through the sources, including metropolitan, colonial, and indigenous responses. General and section introductions explore such issues as the role of economics and religion in imperial expansion and rule; how indigenous and Creole populations constructed and expressed their own identities; and what changes were wrought by the process of decolonization. Bringing together a wide range of documentary evidence, this volume allows the varied and vital debates on aspects of imperialism and identity to be seen in the context of the broad history of the British Empire.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/9/2001
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.15" long x 0.75" tall
|The Early Empire|
|An empire of the sea|
|The Eighteenth Century|
|The American Revolution|
|Conquest and identity|
|The problem of India|
|The Nineteenth Century|
|Trade and empire|
|Reform and empire|
|The British diaspora|
|The 'new imperialism'|
|The Twentieth Century|
|The end of empire|
|The empire at war|
|The pioneers: India/Pakistan and Ghana|
|Settler minorities: Kenya and Zimbabwe|
|Peoples and borders: Palestine and Malaysia|