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Empire : the British imperial experience from 1765 to the present

Author: Denis Judd
Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, ©1996.
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In this impressively researched and always entertaining book, the esteemed British historian Denis Judd analyzes the imperial experience from the American Revolution to the present day. He examines the ways in which Empire affected both rulers and ruled, and the roles of significant personalities - from Queen Victoria to Nelson Mandela, Cecil Rhodes to Jomo Kenyatta, Joseph Chamberlain to Mahatma Gandhi. What was so
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Judd
ISBN: 0465019528 9780465019526
OCLC Number: 213879970
Notes: Originally published: London : HarperCollins, 1996.
Description: xxvi, 518 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Anatomy of an Empire: An Introduction --
2. The American Revolution: The End of the First British Empire? --
3. Australia: The First Fleet of 1788, and the Subsequent Settlements; Gold, Wool and Responsible Government --
4. Ireland: The Union of 1800; the Agitation for Home Rule and its Partial Resolution; Problems of Identity as Both Imperial Partner and Subordinate Nation --
5. Canada: The Rebellions of 1837; the Durham Report; Responsible Government; Settlement and Expansion; Inter-Colonial Rivalries; the 1867 Confederation --
6. The Repeat of the Corn Laws in 1846: The Economics of Empire --
7. The Great Indian Uprising of 1857-58: The British in India --
8. The Jamaica Rebellion of 1865: British Interests in the Caribbean and the 'Nigger Question' --
9. The Opening of the Suez Canal in 1869: Britain in Egypt and the Sudan; Gordon at Khartoum, and Kitchener's Reconquest of the Sudan. 10. The Battle of Majuba Hill, 1881: Bantu, Briton and Boer in South Africa; From the British Annexation of the Cape to the Convention of London 1884 --
11. Cecil Rhodes' Legacy: Fantasy, Power and the Partition of Africa --
12. Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897: The Uses and the Misuses of Empire; an Imperial Triumph, or Whistling in the Dark? Fin de Siecle and the Problems and Opportunities of Empire --
13. The Battle of Spion Kop, 1900: Crisis, War and Union in South Africa --
14. The Suicide of Sir Hector MacDonald, 1903: Sex and the British Empire --
15. Joseph Chamberlain and the Cabinet Split of 1903: Tariff Reform, Economic Decline and Imperial Preference --
16. Scouting for Boys, 1908: National Decline, Empire, Youth and Education --
17. The Imperial Conference of 1911: The Unity and the Disunity of the Empire; Pan-Anglo-Saxonism, and the Pax Britannica --
18. The Gandhi-Smuts Agreement of January 1914: Anti-Imperialism, Resistance Movements, and 'Occidentalism' versus 'Orientalism'. 19. The 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland: Britain, the Empire and the First World War --
20. The Amritsar Massacre of 1919: Gandhi, the Raj and the Growth of Indian Nationalism, 1915-39 --
21. The 1924 British Empire Wembley Exhibition: Selling and Buying the Empire-Commonwealth in the Inter-War Years --
22. The Balfour Definition of Dominion Status, 1926: The Empire's Constitution, Trade and Development Between the Wars --
23. The Bodyline Tour of Australia, 1932: Imperialism, National Identity and Sport --
24. The Fall of Singapore, February 1942: Britain, the Empire-Commonwealth and the Second World War --
25. The Partition of India, 1947: The Labour Government and the Empire-Commonwealth, 1945 to 1951 --
26. The Trial of Jomo Kenyatta, 1953: Churchill's Return to Power in Britain; the Conservative 'Holding Operation'; Confrontations with Nationalist Movements in Egypt, Cyprus, West and East Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. 27. The Suez Crisis of 1956: The Fall of the British Empire and the Rise of the Commonwealth --
and the Common Market --
28. Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence, November 1965: Variable Winds of Change, and Wilson's Labour Government, 1964 to 1970 --
29. The Declaration of Commonwealth Principles at Singapore, 1971: The Commonwealth During the 1970s --
30. The Falklands War, 1982: The Remnants of Empire --
31. The Inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa, May 1994: Post-Colonialism and the Balance Sheet of Empire --
Chronology 1765-1996.
Responsibility: Denis Judd.

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In this impressively researched and always entertaining book, the esteemed British historian Denis Judd analyzes the imperial experience from the American Revolution to the present day. He examines the ways in which Empire affected both rulers and ruled, and the roles of significant personalities - from Queen Victoria to Nelson Mandela, Cecil Rhodes to Jomo Kenyatta, Joseph Chamberlain to Mahatma Gandhi. What was so special about the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States? Did the maintenance of the Empire artificially prolong Britain's Great Power status, camouflaging economic and national decline? Did it encourage chauvinistic, even racist, attitudes?

Were subjects better off under the British than they would have been under their own elites and leaders? What was the difference between exploitation and development? In the end, what does the balance sheet of Empire look like?

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