The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - Всего страниц: 153
Although Britain's overseas empire may not have been "acquired in a fit of absence of mind," as one of its most prominent historians once alleged, neither was it the brainchild of politicians and bureaucrats in London. Why, then, has so much imperial history been written from this metropolitan perspective? Timothy Parsons strongly contends that the scope and duration of this, the largest of all modern European empires, can only be understood from a non-Western perspective. In an exceptionally concise and informative fashion, The British Imperial Century offers its readers a comprehensive overview of the formation and administration of the empire from its origins in the early nineteenth century, to its climax at mid-century, to its denouement on the eve of the First World War. This was the era in which a previously "informal" empire based on trade and commerce was transformed into a "formal" empire in which trade was often of secondary importance to strategic or political considerations. Parsons devotes chapters to key colonies and regions, many of them overlooked by previous scholars, that include the Indian "raj," Africa, the Middle East, and China. He also considers the long-term consequences of imperialism on the cultures of the colonized and the colonizers alike. An ambitious and thoughtful contribution to the field of imperial history, The British Imperial Century will find a useful place in courses on world history and European history, or as a supplemental text for classes on African, Asian, British, or Middle Eastern history.
 

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Introduction
1
Imperialism and World History
2
Britains Imperial Century
3
New Interpretations of Empire
5
The Imperial Century
9
Settlement Colonies and the Transformation of the Old Empire
10
The Era of Informal Empire
16
Britain and the New Imperialism
21
Britain and the Partition of Africa
69
Africa under British Rule
79
The Consequences of Britains African Empire
87
British Imperial Influence in China and the Ottoman Empire
91
The Great NonWestern Empires
92
British Imperialism in China
96
British Imperial in the Ottoman Empire
105
The Consequences of Empire
119

Consolidation of Empire
27
India
33
The Origins of British India
34
Consolidation and Expansion in the Imperial Century
38
India under the British Raj
45
Indian at the End of the Imperial Century
51
Africa
59
Africa before the Partition
60
British Influences on the Empire
121
Indian Influences on the Empire
132
Imperial Influences on Britain
136
British Imperialism and the Process of Environmental and Biological Change
140
Index
149
About the Author
153
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Timothy Parsons is assistant professor of history and African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

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