The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective, Second Edition (Critical Issues in World and International History) (Paperback)

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The British Imperial Century provides a concise but comprehensive overview of the formation and administration of the empire from its origins in the early nineteenth century, to its climax at mid-century and ultimate denouement on the eve of the First World War. Considering the impact of British imperial rule and influence on subject peoples, Timothy H. Parsons explores the themes of cross-cultural social and environmental interaction from a world history perspective. He traces the transition from informal to formal empire, which broadened and intensified Britain's relations with Asia, Africa, and the western hemisphere. The establishment of extensive colonies and protectorates in Africa, the occupation of Egypt, the declaration of the Raj in India, and increased economic and political intervention in Latin America and in the Chinese and Ottoman empires brought ever-larger numbers of non-European peoples and cultures under either the influence or direct authority of the British Crown. By considering British imperialism through the lens of world history, Parsons moves beyond questions of Britain's motives in acquiring more territory to ask how it was able to acquire such an empire. As a global network of exchanges, the British Empire linked disparate regions in a series of distinct but overlapping exchanges. By co-opting and adapting the values and customs of their subjects imperial rulers strengthened their authority and legitimacy, but in doing so produced a hybrid culture that was largely British in style but not entirely British in substance. An ambitious and thoughtful contribution, The British Imperial Century will be invaluable for courses on world history and European history and as a supplement for courses on African, Asian, British, and Middle Eastern history.

About the Author

Timothy H. Parsons is professor of African history at Washington University. His publications include The African Rank-and-File: Social Implications of Colonial Service in the King's African Rifles, 1902-1964, The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall and The Second British Empire: In the Crucible of the Twentieth Century.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442250925
ISBN-10: 1442250925
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: January 14th, 2019
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Critical Issues in World and International History