1st Edition

The Empire Strikes Back?
The Impact of Imperialism on Britain from the Mid-Nineteenth Century

ISBN 9780582438293
Published June 22, 2005 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

`The Empire Strikes Back' will inject the empire back into the domestic history of modern Britain.  In the nineteenth century and for much of the twentieth century, Britain's empire was so large that it was truly the global superpower. Much of Africa, Asia and America had been subsumed. Britannia's tentacles had stretched both wide and deep. Culture, Religion, Health, Sexuality, Law and Order were all impacted in the dominated countries. `The Empire Strikes Back' shows how the dependent states were subsumed and then hit back, affecting in turn England itself.

Table of Contents




List of Tables and Figures

1. Elites

2. The Lower Middle Class and the Working Classes at Home

3. The Working Class at Work

4. The Working Class at Play

5. Women and Children

6. Domestic Politics

7. Metropolitan Economics

8. The Forging of British Identities

9. After-Effects




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Andrew Thompson is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, and Pro-Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Arts Faculty, at the University of Leeds. His previous publications include Imperial Britain : The Empire in British Politics 1880-1932 (2000) and The Impact of the South African War, 1899-1902 (2002), co-edited with David Omissi.