Empire: The British Imperial Experience From 1765 To The Present

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Empire: The British Imperial Experience From 1765 To The Present

Empire The British Imperial Experience From To The Present The British Empire radically altered the modern world At its height it governed over a quarter of the human race and encompassed than a fifth of the globe As well as providing the British people with

  • Title: Empire: The British Imperial Experience From 1765 To The Present
  • Author: Denis Judd
  • ISBN: 9780465019540
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • The British Empire radically altered the modern world At its height, it governed over a quarter of the human race and encompassed than a fifth of the globe As well as providing the British people with profits and a sense of international purpose, the Empire afforded them the opportunity to create new lives for themselves through emigration and settlement It supplieThe British Empire radically altered the modern world At its height, it governed over a quarter of the human race and encompassed than a fifth of the globe As well as providing the British people with profits and a sense of international purpose, the Empire afforded them the opportunity to create new lives for themselves through emigration and settlement It supplied jobs at home and overseas, encouraged national aggrandizement, and allowed experiments in social engineering For those it ruled over, the Empire often represented arbitrary power, gunboat diplomacy, and the disruption of local customs, social structures, and government by a distant and sometimes coldly unsympathetic administration Yet while the Empire rested ultimately upon military force and direct rule, it also pulsated with ideals ideals of freedom, democracy, and even equality.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 the British 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 GhandiWhat 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 Did it encourage chauvinistic, even racist, attitudes Were subjects better off under their own elites and leaders than under British rule In the end, what does the balance sheet of the Empire look like The story of Empire is central to Britain s national mythology and its sense of place in the world, and essential to an understanding of its changing role as we approach the end of the millennium Denis Judd s fine, magisterial history does full justice to a complex and epic theme.

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    1. Brian on said:

      Dennis Judd's book on the history of the British Empire is not a day by day approach to empire but a focus on the most important events that shaped that empire. Things such as the India uprising in 1857 or the work of Cecil Rhodes are the main focus. The stories that are chosen do an excellent job of showing how the empire developed and the path it took to formation. This really is the best single volume work on the British Empire in terms of a pure history. The book covers all parts of the empi [...]

    2. Liam on said:

      Redundant as it to say, this is a book on the British Empire. It's just about suitable for the novice however is written thematically and not chronologically; so in style it is more analytical than narrative.Judd on the early liberal arguments against the empire:During the nineteenth century and in the early years of the twentieth century, opposition to British imperialism and militarism had been freely and sometimes powerfully articulated. The mid-Victorians had expressed at the very least ambi [...]

    3. Robert Yee on said:

      An enjoyable read, no doubt. Judd's analysis of the empire seeks to focus around the miniature episodes and specific rebellions, revolutions, and figures that influenced its expansion and decline. At times, the book felt too high level. There were overarching statements about the empire and Britain's relationship with other countries that, while probably true, needed more context. I would have liked to see more footnotes/endnotes as well.

    4. Leo Walsh on said:

      Occasionally I get the itch to read up on history. Not sure why. But, frequently it boils down to a saying from Ziggy Marley: "If you don;t know your past, you don't know your future." Recently, I've been contemplating the role of empire in the world as I watch the US potentially in decline. And I've always been taken by the fact that the US is a product of the English Empire. A lot of our basic assumptions -- the Free Market, the role of banking and finance, the rule of law -- all have English [...]

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