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Ambiguities of Empire

Essays in Honour of Andrew Porter, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert Holland, Sarah Stockwell


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This book comprises essays offered by friends, colleagues, and former students in tribute to Andrew Porter, on the occasion of his retirement from the Rhodes Chair in Imperial History at the University of London. The contributors, including many distinguished historians, explore through a variety of case studies ‘ambiguities of empire’ and of imperial and quasi-imperial relationships, reflecting important themes in Professor Porter’s own writing.

Whilst the range of articles reflects the breadth of Andrew Porter’s scholarly collaborations and interests, the chapters focus in particular on two aspects of imperial history which have been the subject of his particular attention: religion and empire and the end of empire. The book contains original pieces on the history of British imperialism currently the subject of considerable scholarly attention. The book will be invaluable to students and scholars of empire, religion and colonialism.

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Andrew Porter Robert Holland and Sarah Stockwell 2. Transatlantic Protestantism and American Independence P.J. Marshall 3. ‘A Good West Indian, a Good African, and, in Short, a Good Britisher’: Black and British in a Colour-Conscious Empire, 1760–1950 David Killingray 4. Patterns of Anglo-Hellenism: A ‘Colonial’ Connection? Robert Holland 5. Missionary Manhood: Professionalism, Belief and Masculinity in the Nineteenth-Century British Imperial Field Rhonda A. Semple 6. The Ambiguous Amir: Britain, Afghanistan and the 1897 North-West Frontier Uprising Keith Surridge 7. The Church of the Three Selves: A Perspective from the World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh, 1910 Brian Stanley 8. Distance and Proximity in Service to the Empire: Ulster and New Zealand between the Wars Keith Jeffery 9. Law, Politics and Analogy in Akan Historiography Richard Rathbone 10. Leaders, Dissidents and the Disappointed: Colonial Students in Britain as Empire Ended A.J. Stockwell 11. The Central African Federation and Britain’s Post-War Nuclear Programme: Reconsidering the Connections L.J. Butler 12. Overseas Mission, Voluntary Service and Aid to Africa: Max Warren, the Church Missionary Society and Kenya, 1945–63 John Stuart 13. ‘Splendidly Leading the Way’? Archbishop Fisher and Decolonisation in British Colonial Africa Sarah Stockwell

About the Editors

Robert Holland is Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Amongst his chief publications are Britain and the Commonwealth Alliance, 1918-39 (1981), European Decolonization, 1918-91: An introductory survey, The Pursuit of Greatness: Britain and the World Role, 1900-1970, and most recently Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-59.

Sarah Stockwell is Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Commonwealth History at the Department of History, Kings College London. She is the author of The Business of Decolonisation: British Business Strategies in the Gold Coast and co-editor of Imperial Policy and Colonial Practice, 1925-1945, 2 vols.

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