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Britain's empire : resistance, repression and revolt

Britain's empire : resistance, repression and revolt

Author: Richard Gott
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso Books, 2012, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This revelatory new history punctures the widely held belief that the British Empire was an imaginative and civilizing enterprise. Instead, BRITAIN'S EMPIRE reveals a history of systemic repression and almost perpetual violence, showing how British rule was imposed as a military operation and maintained as a military dictatorship. For colonized peoples, the experience was a horrific one, of slavery, famine, battle  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Gott
ISBN: 9781844677382 1844677389
OCLC Number: 1016186459
Description: vii, 568 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The challenge to imperial power : Native Americans, Caribbean slaves, Indian princes and Irish peasants, 1755-72: Native American resistance during the French and Indian War ; The last great native American rebellions ; Slave rebellions in the Caribbean ; Treaties and proclamation mark the end of the French and Indian War ; Muslim resistance in Bengal and Mysore ; Peasant resistance in Ireland --
White settler revolt in America, and fresh resistance in Canada, India and the Caribbean, 1770-89: Episodes of resistance during the American War of Independence ; Native American resistance to fur traders in Western Canada ; The resistance in Southern India --
The loss of America creates a need for new prisons abroad and a place to settle Black 'Empire Loyalists', 1786-1802: The British search for distant gulags ; The Black settlers of Sierra Leone --
Britain expands its counter-revolutionary empire during the war against revolutionary France, 1793-1802: Resistance to empire in the Caribbean in the wake of the French Revolution ; Slaves and 'Free Coloureds' in the French islands of the Caribbean resist absorption in the Empire ; Europe's revolutionary conflict spreads to South Africa ; The Dutch empire in Ceylon ; The Great Irish Rebellion of 1798 ; Tipu Sultan and the final resistance of Indian forces in Mysore --
Resistance to imperial expansion during the wars against Napoleon, 1803-15: Rebellions, revolts and mutinies in the Caribbean ; The resistance of the Marathas to the British invasion of Central India ; Mutiny and revolt by Muslim sepoys and European officers ; Rebellion in Australia and the slaughter of aborigines ; Resistance in South Africa, South America and Egypt ; Slave rebellion, Xhosa resistance, and White settler revolt in Cape Colony ; British penetration into the Persian Gulf ; The British seizure of Mauritius, the Seychelles and Indonesia ; Bulbhadar Singh and the Gurkha resistance in Nepal ; The British conquest of Kandy --
Slave revolts, White settlement, indigenous extermination, and the advance into Burma and Assam, 1816-30: Slave rebellions in the Caribbean ; The Battle of Seven Oaks, Canada ; Revolts and resistance in Central India ; Revolt, fresh settlement and extermination in Cape Colony ; The British base and prison on the island of Singapore ; Years of unrest culminate in a fresh revolt in Ireland ; Aborigine resistance in Australia and White retaliation ; The Ashanti defeat the British at Esamankow ; The Burmese Empire fights back ; Tea and strategy : the Rajahs and Hill peoples of Assam rebel --
An end to colonial slavery and resistance to fresh settlement, 1830-38: Slave rebellions in the Caribbean hasten the end of slavery ; White settlers devise new ways to hunt the Australian aborigines ; The Whitefeet in Ireland oppose the payment of tithes and rent ; White settler rebellions and Buddhist resistance in the East ; Resistance in the Strait of Malacca ; Resistance on the Gambia River in West Africa ; The end of slavery in Cape Colony, the Rebellion of Maqoma, and the flight of the Boer farmers ; White settler rebellions in Canada --
Imperial humiliation and further expansion, 1839-47: The capture of useful imperial harbours ; Revolts among the Hill tribes of Assam ; Resistance to the British invasion of Afghanistan ; The resistance of the Amirs of Sind is reinforced by their Baluchi soldiers ; The long struggle of the Sikhs in the Punjab ; Aborigine resistance in Victoria and Queensland ; Maori resistance in New Zealand ; Muslim resistance in Sarawak ; The penultimate battles of the Xhosa in Cape Colony --
Prelude to the Mutiny, 1848-53: William Smith O'Brien and the rising of the young Irelanders ; Dr Christopher Elliott, Wikrama Sardawa Siddhapa and the Rebellion of the Kandy Pretenders ; The final rebellion of the Xhosa in Cape Colony ; West African resistance ; The start of an endless saga : the north-west frontier territories of India ; The Burmese empire resists further invasion --
The gathering storm, 1854-58: The Taiping Rebellion spreads unrest among Chinese communities elsewhere ; White settler rebellion in Australia and further aborigine resistance ; The Santals in Bengal and the Moplahs in Malabar ; James Sayers Orr and the 'Angel Gabriel' riots in Guyana ; Nongqawuse and the self-destruction of the Xhosa in Cape Colony ; The great rebellion in India.
Responsibility: Richard Gott.
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Magisterial history of the foundation of the British empire and the forgotten story of resistance to its formation.  Read more...


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A welcome, even necessary, corrective. -- Stephen Howe * Independent * A pungent and provocative book ... a rich compendium of revolt. -- Gavin Bowd * Scotland on Sunday * Richard's book is a Read more...

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