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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.

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Colonialism, China and the Chinese: Amidst Empires

Colonialism, China and the Chinese: Amidst Empires

1st Edition

Peter Monteath, Matthew P. Fitzpatrick
August 07, 2019

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...

The First World War, Anticolonialism and Imperial Authority in British India, 1914-1924

The First World War, Anticolonialism and Imperial Authority in British India, 1914-1924

1st Edition

Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury
May 31, 2019

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,...

Liberalism and the British Empire in Southeast Asia

Liberalism and the British Empire in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Gareth Knapman, Anthony Milner, Mary Quilty
September 06, 2018

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,...

Outskirts of Empire: Studies in British Power Projection

Outskirts of Empire: Studies in British Power Projection

1st Edition

John Fisher
August 23, 2018

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...

Race and British Colonialism in Southeast Asia, 1770-1870: John Crawfurd and the Politics of Equality

Race and British Colonialism in Southeast Asia, 1770-1870: John Crawfurd and the Politics of Equality

1st Edition

Gareth Knapman
June 28, 2018

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...

A History of Italian Colonialism, 1860–1907: Europe’s Last Empire

A History of Italian Colonialism, 1860–1907: Europe’s Last Empire

1st Edition

Giuseppe Finaldi
June 28, 2018

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...

British Imperialism and Turkish Nationalism in Cyprus, 1923-1939: Divide, Define and Rule

British Imperialism and Turkish Nationalism in Cyprus, 1923-1939: Divide, Define and Rule

1st Edition

Ilia Xypolia
November 14, 2017

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...

Secularism, Islam and Education in India, 1830–1910

Secularism, Islam and Education in India, 1830–1910

1st Edition

Robert Ivermee
May 25, 2017

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...

Anglo-Korean Relations and the Port Hamilton Affair, 1885-1887

Anglo-Korean Relations and the Port Hamilton Affair, 1885-1887

1st Edition

Stephen A. Royle
April 26, 2017

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...

Class and Colonialism in Antarctic Exploration, 1750–1920

Class and Colonialism in Antarctic Exploration, 1750–1920

1st Edition

Ben Maddison
December 22, 2016

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...

The English Empire in America, 1602-1658: Beyond Jamestown

The English Empire in America, 1602-1658: Beyond Jamestown

1st Edition

L H Roper
January 21, 2016

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....

Slaveholders in Jamaica: Colonial Society and Culture during the Era of Abolition

Slaveholders in Jamaica: Colonial Society and Culture during the Era of Abolition

1st Edition

Christer Petley
January 21, 2016

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...

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