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Understanding the British Empire

Understanding the British Empire

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Understanding the British Empire draws on a lifetime's research and reflection on the history of the British Empire by one of the senior figures in the field.

Essays cover six key themes: the geopolitical and economic dynamics of empire, religion and ethics, imperial bureaucracy, the contribution of political leaders, the significance of sexuality, and the shaping of imperial historiography. A major new introductory chapter draws together the wider framework of Dr. Hyam's studies and several new chapters focus on lesser-known figures. Other chapters are revised versions of earlier papers, reflecting some of the debates and controversies raised by the author's work, including the issue of sexual exploitation, the European intrusion into Africa, the African response to missionaries, trusteeship, and Winston Churchill's imperial attitudes. Combining traditional archival research with newer forms of cultural exploration, this is an unusually wide-ranging approach to key aspects of empire.

Author: Ronald Hyam
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 05/31/2010
Pages: 576
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.25lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780521115223

About the Author
Hyam, Ronald: - Ronald Hyam is an Emeritus Reader in British Imperial History at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and former President of Magdalene College. He is the author of several books on the British Empire, including most recently Britain's Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation 1918-1968 and, with Peter Henshaw, The Lion, and the Springbok: Britain and South Africa since the Boer War (2003).

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