History: Book Series

Empires in Perspective

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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.

  • Colonialism, China and the Chinese

    Amidst Empires, 1st Edition

    Edited by Peter Monteath, Matthew P. Fitzpatrick

    This book explores the place of China and the Chinese during the age of imperialism. Focusing not only on the state but also on the vitality of Chinese culture and the Chinese diaspora, it examines the seeming contradictions of a period in which China came under immense pressure from imperial…

    Hardback – 2019-08-07 
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  • The First World War, Anticolonialism and Imperial Authority in British India, 1914-1924

    1st Edition

    By Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury

    Between 1914, when the Great War began, and 1924, when the Ottoman Caliphate ended, British and Indian officials and activists reformulated political ideas in the context of total war in the Middle East, Gandhian mass mobilisation, and the 1919 Amritsar massacre. Using discussions on travel,…

    Hardback – 2019-06-17 
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  • Liberalism and the British Empire in Southeast Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Gareth Knapman, Anthony Milner, Mary Quilty

    This collection of essays collects the leading scholars on British colonial thought in Southeast Asia to consider the question: what was the relationship between liberalism and the British Empire in Southeast Asia? The empire builders in Southeast Asia: Lord Minto, William Farquhar, John Leyden,…

    Hardback – 2018-09-06
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  • Outskirts of Empire

    Studies in British Power Projection, 1st Edition

    By John Fisher

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-08-23
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  • Race and British Colonialism in Southeast Asia, 1770-1870

    John Crawfurd and the Politics of Equality, 1st Edition

    By Gareth Knapman

    The idea of "race" played an increasing role in nineteenth-century British colonial thought. For most of the nineteenth century, John Crawfurd towered over British colonial policy in South-East Asia, being not only a colonial administrator, journalist and professional lobbyist, but also one of the…

    Paperback – 2018-06-28
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  • A History of Italian Colonialism, 1860–1907

    Europe’s Last Empire, 1st Edition

    By Giuseppe Finaldi

    This book provides a narrative history of Italian colonialism from Italian unification in the 1860s to the first decade of the twentieth century; that is, it details Italy’s imperialism in the years of the Scramble for Africa. It deals with the factors that drove Italy to search for territory in…

    Paperback – 2018-06-28
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  • British Imperialism and Turkish Nationalism in Cyprus, 1923-1939

    Divide, Define and Rule, 1st Edition

    By Ilia Xypolia

    As Cyprus experienced British imperial rule between 1878 and 1960, Greek and Turkish nationalism on the island developed at different times and at different speeds. Relations between Turkish Cypriots and the British on the one hand, and Greek Cypriots and the British on the other, were often…

    Hardback – 2017-11-14
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  • Secularism, Islam and Education in India, 1830–1910

    1st Edition

    By Robert Ivermee

    During the nineteenth century British officials in India decided that the education system should be exclusively secular. Drawing on sources from public and private archives, Ivermee presents a study of British/Muslim negotiations over the secularization of colonial Indian education and on the…

    Paperback – 2017-05-25
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  • Anglo-Korean Relations and the Port Hamilton Affair, 1885-1887

    1st Edition

    By Stephen A. Royle

    In April 1885 the British navy seized the small archipelago of Port Hamilton (now Geomundo) off Korea, an incident dubbed the Port Hamilton Affair. This was part of a larger story of Empire and East Asian geopolitics involving China, Japan, Korea and Russia. At the time Britain and Russia seemed…

    Hardback – 2017-04-26
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  • Class and Colonialism in Antarctic Exploration, 1750–1920

    1st Edition

    By Ben Maddison

    Between 1750 and 1920 over 15,000 people visited Antarctica. Despite such a large number the historiography has ignored all but a few celebrated explorers. Maddison presents a study of Antarctic exploration, telling the story of these forgotten facilitators, he argues that Antarctic exploration can…

    Paperback – 2016-12-22
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  • The English Empire in America, 1602-1658

    Beyond Jamestown, 1st Edition

    By L H Roper

    This study situates the colonization of Virginia, the centrepiece of early English overseas settlement activity, in the social and political landscape of the early seventeenth century.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Slaveholders in Jamaica

    Colonial Society and Culture during the Era of Abolition, 1st Edition

    By Christer Petley

    Explores the social composition of the Jamaican slaveholding class during the era of the British campaign to end slavery, looking at their efforts to maintain control over local society and considering how their economic, cultural and military dependency on the colonial metropole meant that they…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • India in the French Imagination

    Peripheral Voices, 1754-1815, 1st Edition

    By Kate Marsh

    Examines metropolitan French-language representations of India from the period between the recall of Dupleix to France to the Second Treaty of Paris. This book explores what a European power, territorially peripheral in India, thought of both India and the administrative rule there of its rival,…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Ireland and Empire, 1692-1770

    1st Edition

    By Charles Ivar McGrath

    Historians often view early modern Ireland as a testing ground for subsequent British colonial adventures further afield. McGrath argues against this passive view, suggesting that Ireland played an enthusiastic role in the establishment and expansion of the first British Empire. He focuses on two…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Transoceanic Radical: William Duane

    National Identity and Empire, 1760-1835, 1st Edition

    By Nigel Little

    William Duane is most famous as the editor of "The Aurora", the Philadelphia-based paper which vigorously supported Thomas Jefferson in his 1800 presidential election campaign. Based on archival research, this biography of Duane studies his American career in light of his formative years in Ireland…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Missionary Education and Empire in Late Colonial India, 1860-1920

    1st Edition

    By Hayden J A Bellenoit

    Contributes simultaneously to both British imperial and Indian history. This work demonstrates that missionary understandings and interactions with India, rather than being party to imperial ideologies, often diverged from metropolitan and imperial norms.…

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  • Arctic Exploration in the Nineteenth Century

    Discovering the Northwest Passage, 1st Edition

    Edited by Frédéric Regard

    Focusing on nineteenth-century attempts to locate the northwest passage, the essays in this volume present this quest as a central element of British culture.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • A Wider Patriotism

    Alfred Milner and the British Empire, 1st Edition

    By J Lee Thompson

    When Alfred Milner was knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, 'patriotism for our common country'. This is the study of Milner, which takes his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its primary theme. It also discovers a group of young female supporters of his vision.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Between Empire and Revolution

    A Life of Sidney Bunting, 1873-1936, 1st Edition

    By Allison Drew

    Sidney Bunting's life offers a unique perspective on the British Empire, illustrating the complex social networks and values that were carried across the world in the name of empire. Drawing on archival material, including the Bunting family papers and records of Bunting's Oxford years, this work…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • The Quest for the Northwest Passage

    Knowledge, Nation and Empire, 1576–1806, 1st Edition

    Edited by Frédéric Regard

    These essays trace the history of the British search for the Northwest Passage – the Arctic sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans – from the early modern era to the start of the nineteenth century.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Race and Identity in the Tasman World, 1769–1840

    1st Edition

    By Rachel Standfield

    British imperial encounters with indigenous cultures created perceptions and stereotypes that still persist today. The initial creation of racial images in relation to violence had particular consequences for land ownership. Standfield examines these differences and how they occurred.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Natural Science and the Origins of the British Empire

    1st Edition

    By Sarah Irving

    Represents a history of the British Empire that takes account of the sense of empire as intellectual as well as geographic dominion: the historiography of the British Empire, with its preoccupation of empire as geographically unchallenged sovereignty, overlooks the idea of empire as intellectual…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Medicine and Colonialism

    Historical Perspectives in India and South Africa, 1st Edition

    Edited by Poonam Bala

    Focusing on India and South Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the essays in this collection address power and enforced modernity as applied to medicine. Clashes between traditional methods of healing and the practices brought in by colonizers are explored across both territories.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Law and Imperialism

    Criminality and Constitution in Colonial India and Victorian England, 1st Edition

    By Preeti Nijhar

    Laws that were imposed by colonizers were as much an attempt to confirm their own identity as to control the more dangerous elements of a potentially unruly populace. This title uses material from both British Parliamentary Papers and colonial archive material to provide evidence of legal change…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Mercurino di Gattinara and the Creation of the Spanish Empire

    1st Edition

    By Rebecca Ard Boone

    As Grand Chancellor to the Holy Roman Emperor, Mercurino di Gattinara (1465–1530) shaped the administration and aims of the Spanish Empire. Ard Boone situates Gattinara at the heart of Renaissance politics and propaganda and provides the first English translation of his autobiography in full.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Baudin, Napoleon and the Exploration of Australia

    1st Edition

    By Nicole Starbuck

    This is the first in-depth study of the sojourn in Sydney made by Nicolas Baudin’s scientific expedition to Australia in 1802. Starbuck focuses on the reconstruction of the voyage during the expedition’s stay in colonial Sydney and how this sheds new light on our understanding of French society,…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India

    1st Edition

    By Angma Dey Jhala

    Investigating the aesthetics of the zenana – the female quarters of the Indic home or palace – this study discusses the history of architecture, fashion, jewellery and cuisine in princely Indian states during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.…

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  • British Narratives of Exploration

    Case Studies on the Self and Other, 1st Edition

    Edited by Frédéric Regard

    Features a collection of essays that focus on British travel narratives from the seventeenth through to the nineteenth centuries. This work investigates how the early explorers' sense of self was destabilised by encounters with the Other.…

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  • British Engineers and Africa, 1875–1914

    1st Edition

    By Casper Andersen

    Using a wide range of primary sources that include correspondence, diaries, technical reports, institutional minutes and periodicals, Andersen reconstructs the networks and activities of Britain’s engineers while focusing on London as a centre of imperial expansion.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Empire of Political Thought

    Indigenous Australians and the Language of Colonial Government, 1st Edition

    By Bruce Buchan

    A book about how European colonists in Australia represented the Indigenous peoples they found there, and the tasks of governing them within the terms of Western political thought. It emphasises how the framework of ideas drawn from the traditions of Western political thought was employed in the…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • The Theatre of Empire

    Frontier Performances in America, 1750–1860, 1st Edition

    By Douglas S Harvey

    Focusing on the years between 1750 and 1860, this study follows the creation and perpetuation of an imperial culture, from the London metropole to the Great Plains.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Australian Between Empires: The Life of Percy Spender

    1st Edition

    By David Lowe

    Part biography, part transnational history, this study details the life and career of Percy Spender, one of Australia's most prominent twentieth-century political figures.…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Anglo-Spanish Rivalry in Colonial South-East America, 1650–1725

    1st Edition

    By Timothy Paul Grady

    Often played down in favour of the larger competition for empire between England and France, the influence of the Spanish in English Carolina and the English in Spanish Florida created a rivalry that shaped the early history of colonial south-east America. This study is the first to tell the full…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Empires in Perspective 1–10

    1st Edition

    Contains the first ten books from the series.…

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