Outskirts of Empire: Studies in British Power Projection investigates the substructure of Britain’s interests in the Near East and beyond during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Essays address themes in British power projection in a geographically wide area encompassing parts of the Ottoman Empire, Morocco and Abyssinia, illuminating interlinking elements of Britain’s power and presence through commerce, religion, consular activity, expatriates, travel and exploration and technology. Through careful investigation of the interface of these themes the book develops a deeper sense of Britain’s presence in the Near East and contiguous areas and highlights the network of Britons who were required to sustain that presence.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Illustrations Introduction Chapter 1: Britain and Abyssinia: the forward view Chapter 2: Mesopotamia in the official mind, before, during and after the First World War Chapter 3: The Politics of Relief: British humanitarian aid to the Turk, 1876–7 Chapter 4: ‘Casting out Devils’: British military consuls in Turkey Chapter 5: A spearhead of influence in the Near East: the New Levant Company and British commerce in the aftermath of war Chapter 6: The Foreign Office and the issue of sacred space in Morocco, c1860 to 1970 Bibliography
This important series examines a diverse range of imperial histories from the early modern period to the twentieth century. Drawing on works of political, social, economic and cultural history, the history of science and political theory, the series encourages methodological pluralism and does not impose any particular conception of historical scholarship. While focused on particular aspects of empire, works published also seek to address wider questions on the study of imperial history.