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The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction

Ashley Jackson

May 2013

ISBN: 9780199605415

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The British Empire influenced many aspects of the world we live in today. The international system remains heavily marked by British imperialism, and the borders, nations, and federations it created. This Very Short Introduction introduces and defines the British Empire, reviewing how it evolved into such a force, and the legacy it left behind.

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The British Empire influenced many aspects of the world we live in today. The international system remains heavily marked by British imperialism, and the borders, nations, and federations it created. This Very Short Introduction introduces and defines the British Empire, reviewing how it evolved into such a force, and the legacy it left behind.

  • Considers all aspects of the British Empire - military, social, cultural, and its legacy
  • Hugely important topic with modern-day resonance and influence
  • Explores how the British Empire became so powerful and far-reaching
  • Looks at how the Empire was ruled and the effects on the colonies
  • Examines the legacy and mark of rule it has left on the world today
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introduction series

About the Author(s)

Ashley Jackson, Professor of Imperial and Military History at King's College, London

Ashley Jackson is Professor of Imperial and Military History at King's College, London. His books include Mad Dogs and Englishmen: a Grand Tour of the British Empire at its Height (Quercus, 2009), The British Empire and the Second World War, (Hambledon Continuum, 2006); and Churchill (Quercus, 2011).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:What was the British Empire?
    2:The British Empire: An empire among empires
    3:Motives of imperial expansion and themes in imperial expansion
    4:Writing about the British Empire
    5:Legacies and audits of the British Empire

Reviews

"Professor Jackson has crafted a wide-ranging yet remarkably short introduction that successfully condenses recent scholarship without overwhelming the non-expert." - N.C. Fleming, University of Worcester, Political Studies Review

"Jackson's pithy survey will be a welcome guide for anyone wanting to explore the wider picture without drowning in the literature." - BBC History magazine