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Published: 27 July 2006

504 Pages | 8pp plates


ISBN: 9780199299591

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The Absent-Minded Imperialists

Empire, Society, and Culture in Britain

Bernard Porter

  • 'Empire? What Empire?'
  • A controversial new argument from a leading Empire historian
  • Argues that the Empire made very little impact on daily life in Victorian Britain
  • Puts class firmly back into the analysis of 19th and 20th century Britain
  • Explains why decolonisation was so much easier for Britain than for France or Germany
  • Draws comparisons with 21st century Americans' attitudes to their 'informal empire'

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