The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

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Robin Winks
OUP Oxford, Oct 21, 1999 - History - 756 pages
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The Oxford History of the British Empire is a major new assessment of the Empire in the light of recent scholarship and the progressive opening of historical records. From the founding of colonies in North America and the West Indies in the seventeenth century to the reversion of Hong Kong to China at the end of the twentieth, British imperialism was a catalyst for far-reaching change. The Oxford History of the British Empire as a comprehensive study helps us to understand the end of Empire in relation to its beginning, the meaning of British imperialism for the ruled as well as for the rulers, and the significance of the British Empire as a theme in world history. This fifth and final volume shows how opinions have changed dramatically over the generations about the nature, role, and value of imperialism generally, and the British Empire more specifically. The distinguished team of contributors discuss the many and diverse elements which have influenced writings on the Empire: the pressure of current events, access to primary sources, the creation of relevant university chairs, the rise of nationalism in former colonies, decolonization, and the Cold War. They demonstrate how the study of empire has evolved from a narrow focus on constitutional issues to a wide-ranging enquiry about international relations, the uses of power, and impacts and counterimpacts between settler groups and native peoples. The result is a thought-provoking cultural and intellectual inquiry into how we understand the past, and whether this understanding might affect the way we behave in the future.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The First British Empire
43
3 The Second British Empire
54
4 British North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
73
5 The American Revolution
94
6 Ireland
114
7 The British West Indies
134
8 Canada and the Empire
146
23 The EmpireCommonwealth and the Two World Wars
354
24 Imperial Flotsam? The British in the Pacific Islands
366
25 Formal and Informal Empire in East Asia
379
26 The British Empire in SouthEast Asia
403
27 Formal and Informal Empire in the Middle East
416
28 Informal Empire in Latin America
437
29 Britain and the Scramble for Africa
450
A Review of the Literature to the 1960s
463

9 Australia and the Empire
163
10 Colonization and History in New Zealand
182
11 India to 1858
194
12 India 1858 to the 1930s
214
13 India in the 1940s
231
14 Ceylon Sri Lanka
243
15 Pakistans Emergence
253
16 Science Medicine and the British Empire
264
Late TwentiethCentury Perspectives on Empire
277
18 Exploration and Empire
290
19 Missions and Empire
303
20 Slavery the Slave Trade and Abolition
315
21 The Royal Navy and the British Empire
327
22 Imperial Defence
342
31 West Africa
486
Metropolitan Action and Local Initiative
500
33 Southern and Central Africa
513
34 Decolonization and the End of Empire
541
35 The Commonwealth
558
36 Art and Empire
571
37 Architecture in the British Empire
584
Colonial Discourse Theory and the Historiography of the British Empire
596
39 The Shaping of Imperial History
612
40 Development and the Utopian Ideal 19601999
635
41 The Future of Imperial History
653
Chronology
669
Index
701
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