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Author: Jan Morris
Publisher: London, Faber, 1968.
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Genre/Form: History
Überseebesitz (1900)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Morris
ISBN: 0571085350 9780571085354
OCLC Number: 468120
Notes: The 2d volume of the author's trilogy; the 1st of which is Heaven's command; the 3d, Farewell the trumpets.
Description: 544 pages 30 plates, illustrations, color map (on lining papers), portraits 23 cm
Contents: The heirs of Rome : the Diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, its celebration as a festival of Empire and the explosion of national emotion known as the New Imperialism --
Palm and pine : the extent of the British Empire at its climax, and something of its tangled origins --
Life-lines : the shipping routes, mails and cables that bound the British possessions together --
Migrations : how the existence of the British Empire disseminated seed and stock across the world --
Pioneers : an imperial frontier town, Salisbury, Rhodesia --
The profit : the first incentive of imperialism : gain --
The glory : secondary motives : aspects of glory, aggressive, defensive, romantic, evangelist and plain patriotic --
Caste : attitudes of the British towards their subject peoples, and reasons for the aloofness that was fundamental to their method --
Islanders : an island fortress : St Lucia in the Windward Islands Imperial order : the theoretical structure of Empire, its basic system and its laws --
Imperial complexity : exceptions, anomalies and complications of Empire, from larrikins to Lord Cromer --
Imperialists in general : the run of Empire-builders : their type, look and social aspirations --
Imperialists in particular : two explorers, three soldiers, an admiral, two administrators, two politicians, a couple of adventurers and a Queen --
Proconsuls : Simla and the British Government of India --
Consolations : some pleasures of Empire, sporting and social --
Challenge and responses : adventure : living dangerously and dying young --
Stones of Empire : imperial architecture, sacred and sucular, with parks and gardens too --
Tribal lays and images : imperial muses : painting, sculpture, literature, music and intimations of folk-art --
All by steam! : the British Empire as a development agency : irrigation, roads, railways, mapping, medicine and a specimen millennium Freedmen : a self-governing colony of the Empire : Canada --
On guard : the armies of the Crown, British and Indian : their past glories and their present weaknesses --
At sea : splendours and absurdities of the Royal Navy, with glimpses of élan --
Imperial effects : spoils and influences of Empire, and what they did for England --
Overlords : the other island : Ireland --
Omens : troubles of Empire and possible threats to its future, with plans for evading them --
"The song on your bugles blown" : did the British Empire have an idealogy? : religion, Englishness, imperial monarchy, radicalism and fiar play --
Finale : Queen Victoria writes up her diary, the British survey their position in the world, and we bring the Empire to a close.

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