British Imperialism: Innovation and Expansion, 1688-1914

British Imperialism: Innovation and Expansion, 1688-1914

British Imperialism: Innovation and Expansion, 1688-1914

British Imperialism: Innovation and Expansion, 1688-1914

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British Imperialism A two volume survey which provides the most comprehensive and radical survey of the subject. Presents a new interpretation of the forces behind British imperial expansion. Volume One establishes the concept of 'gentlemanly capitalism', examines the growth of empire and many of its controversial episodes, including the partition of Africa, and concludes -- against conventional wisdom -- that Britain was still a dynamic imperial power on the eve of World War I.

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The origins, scope and argument of this study are set out in some detail in Chapter 1. We have also acknowledged specific debts to enlisted scholars at appropriate points throughout the text. It remains for us to express here our appreciation of those who have done so much, in different ways, to keep the whole enterprise afloat. We should like to record our gratitude to the Social Science Research Council for Personal Research Grants in 1980-81 and 1983, to colleagues in the University of Birmingham and the Graduate Institute of International Studies for their advice and tolerance of our various impositions, to our students, whose exposure to several versions of our interpretation helped to educate their teachers, and to libraries and librarians, especially in the University of Birmingham and the University of California, Los Angeles, for their resourcefulness in supplying the wide range of materials needed for this study. We also owe a special debt to Sue Kennedy and Diane Martin whose secretarial help has been invaluable. Finally, and most important of all, we must pay tribute to our families, who have borne the deprivations imposed by slow-moving authors with unwavering fortitude and whose limitless support has finally been rewarded by an event that is as surprising as it has been long-promised: this time, the book really is finished.

PJ.C. University of Birmingham A. G. H. The Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. May 1992 . . .

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