3rd Edition

The British Empire
Sunrise to Sunset

ISBN 9780815366232
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
282 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

The British Empire: Sunrise to Sunset is a broad survey of the history of the British Empire from its beginnings to its demise that offers a comprehensive analysis of what life was like under colonial rule, weaving the everyday stories of people living through the experience of colonialism into the bigger picture of empire.

The experience of the British Empire was not limited to what happened behind closed doors or on the floor of Parliament. It affected men, women and children across the globe, making a difference to what they ate and what kind of work they did, what languages and lessons they learned in school, and how they were able to live their lives. This new edition expands its coverage and discusses the relationship between Brexit and empire as well as the recent controversies connected to empire that have engulfed Britain: the Windrush scandal, the fight over the Chagos Islands and the Mau Mau lawsuits, bringing it up to date and engaging with key debates that govern the study of empire.

Painting a picture of life for all those affected by empire and supported by maps and illustrations, this is the perfect text for all students of imperial history.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of maps

Preface to the first edition

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the third edition


1. Uniting the kingdom

2. Slaves, merchants and trade

3. Settling the ‘New World’

4. After America

5. Britain in India

6. Global growth

7. Ruling an empire

8. Being ruled

9. Gender and sexuality

10. Contesting empire

11. Decolonisation

Chronology of British Empire


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Philippa Levine holds the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin, United States. A native of Britain, she is the author of a number of books about Britain and the Empire as well as the history of prostitution and of eugenics.