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The Lion's Share : a History of British Imperialism 1850-2011.

Author: Bernard Porter
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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As well as presenting a lively narrative of events, Bernard Porter explores a number of broad analytical themes, challenging more conventional and popular interpretations. He sees imperialism as a symptom not of Britain's strength in the world, but of her decline; and he argues that the empire itself both aggravated and obscured deep-seated malaise in the British economy.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Porter, Bernard.
Lion's Share.
London : Routledge, 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Porter
ISBN: 9781317860396 131786039X
OCLC Number: 881417395
Description: 1 online resource (438 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of maps and plates; Acknowledgements; Preface; Chronology, 1850-2011; 1. Introduction; Definitions; Differences; Difficulties; 2. An empire in all but name: the mid-nineteenth century; The world market; Creeping colonialism; The old empire; Native policy; Cultural imperialism; 3. Shifts and expedients: 1857-75; The Indian Mutiny; After the Mutiny; Colonial crises: settlement colonies; Colonial crises: tropical colonies; The vanguard; The opening up of Africa; 4. Conquests forced on us: 1875-90. The European challengeIndia's frontiers and Russian expansion; The occupation of Egypt; The first Boer War; German rivalry in the tropics; Reluctant imperialists; 5. Struggles for existence: 1890; Britain under siege; The 'new imperialism'; The national interest; Capitalists; 6. A limited area of heather alight: 1890-1905; Britain in Asia; The Nile valley; West Africa; South Africa: the second Boer War; Native policy; 'Constructive imperialism'; Reaction; 7. An essential compromise: 1905-14; The empire in 1905; The Liberals; South African union; Egypt and India: Morley-Minto. Tropical developmentNationalists and imperialists; 8. Everything becomes fluid: 1914-20; The Great War; The promises: India, the middle east; The peace; The aftermath: Ireland, India, the middle east; Imperial morale, 1920; 9. Difficult times: 1920-39; Recovery through empire; The dominions; A new dominion? Rhodesia, Kenya, Palestine; Tropical development; The problems of imperialists; The problems of anti-imperialists; Egypt and India; An empire still; 10. Moving quickly: 1939-70; The Second World War; Labour's empire; The transfer of power in India; The nationalist challenge. The Conservatives' empire, 1951-59The wind of change, 1960-70; The response; 11. A sudden shift: 1970-95; The remains; The results; The residue; Retrospect; 12. Coming out of the closet: circa 2000; An American empire?; A new British imperialism?; History and empire; 13. After-image; Forgotten; Recalled; Misunderstood; Appraised; Notes; Further reading; Index; Plates.

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As well as presenting a lively narrative of events, Bernard Porter explores a number of broad analytical themes, challenging more conventional and popular interpretations. He sees imperialism as a symptom not of Britain's strength in the world, but of her decline; and he argues that the empire itself both aggravated and obscured deep-seated malaise in the British economy.

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