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Britain and Empire, 1880-1945

1st Edition

By Dane Kennedy


156 pages

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Britain and Empire, 1880-1945 traces the relationship between Britain and its empire during a period when the two spheres intersected with one another to an unprecedented degree. The story starts with the imperial expansion of the late nineteenth century and ends with the Second World War, at the end of which Britain was on the brink of decolonisation.

The author shows how empire came to figure into almost every important development that marked Britain¿s response to the upheavals of the late nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century. He examines its influence on foreign policy, party politics, social reforms, cultural practices, and national identity. At the same time, he shows how domestic developments affected imperial policies.

Written in an engaging and accessible manner, this book:

integrates British and imperial history in a single narrative

provides a useful synthesis of recent historical research in the area

analyses topics ranging from ideology and culture to politics and foreign affairs

contains a chronology, glossary, who¿s who and guide to further reading

Britain and Empire, 1880-1945 provides an up-to-date, accessible survey, ideal for students coming to the subject for the first time.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION 1. Background and Context PART TWO: ANALYSIS 2. Imperial Expansion and National Foreboding, 1880-1900. 3. Making the Nation Imperial, 1900-14. 4. World War and Social Imperialism, 1914-22. 5. Concessions and Cosolidation, 1923-37. 6. From Appeasement to Global War, 1937-45 PART THREE: ASSESSMENT 7. Conclusions PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS Glossary. Who's Who. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Dane Kennedy is Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington D.C.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain