This book does not really discuss in detail all the places the British Empire came in control of. There is one chapter that traces the progression and decolonization of the Empire in board strokes, but most of the book is instead used to discuss major "themes," such as why people left Britain to colonize the world, the legacies of the Empire /5. David Edgerton's survey of 20th century British history is not a book for the general reader. It is, rather, a deeply researched and profound overview of British 20th century history that overturns many conventional wisdoms, not least that most conventionally wisdomed of all British historical events, the Second World War.4/5. The Rise and Fall of the British Nation by David Edgerton (Allen Lane, £30). To order a copy for £, go to or call . British Empire, a worldwide system of dependencies— colonies, protectorates, and other territories—that over a span of some three centuries was brought under the sovereignty of the crown of Great Britain and the administration of the British government.
The British Empire comprised the dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates, and other territories ruled or administered by the United Kingdom and its predecessor states. It originated with the overseas possessions and trading posts established by England between the late 16th and early 18th centuries. At its height, it was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the. How a Nation Is Exploited – The British Empire in Burma. Following the recent troubles in India, we have asked our contributor, Mr E. A. Blair, whose investigations on ‘The Plight of the British Worker’ have already appeared in these pages, to tell us something of the unrest which has been fermenting in the sub-continent for some years, and which is threatening to spread to English Indo. Sarah Stockwell is professor of imperial and Commonwealth history at King's College London, and a leading historian of British decolonization. Her publications include The Business of Decolonization: British Business Strategies in the Gold Coast () and, as editor, The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives (). The ‘rise and fall’ refers not to the British Empire, or its part-inheritor, the Commonwealth (even of the white-colonial nations), or even the UK as commonly understood. Rather it refers to England, understood as a somewhat racially homogenous, “ethnic nation state” (comparable to, say, Poland, or Spain or any number of modern European Reviews:
The British Empire was largely accidental. During the 17th and 18th centuries, a small island nation accrued a patchwork scattering of commercial monopolies, isolated ports, utopian experiments, and surrendered colonies. By the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in , the British Empire was the largest the world had ever : C. W. Gross, George Tomkyns Chesney, P. G. Wodehouse. Poorly written and turgid introductory chapters. Then it begins to take off with good history of the rise of the various parts of the British Empire. And then Klein seems to forget or be disinterested in history from the late s on. Suddenly an incomprehensible final chapter about British monetary policy post-WW2 shows up and the book is s: 3. The British Empire, or “Greater Britain” as some termed it, is in this view no more than the expression of British nationalism, the desire to expand the British presence and power in the world (see, e.g Seeley  ); the French Empire, partly in rivalry with Britain, the expression of a wounded French nationalism in the wake of the. The extraordinary influence of Scots in the British Empire has long been recognized. As administrators, settlers, temporary residents, professionals, plantation owners, and as military personnel, they were strikingly prominent in North America, the Caribbean, Australasia, South Africa, India, and colonies in South-East Asia and Africa.