British Imperialism: 1688-2015

British Imperialism: 1688-2015

Language: English

Pages: 794

ISBN: 1138817732

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A milestone in the understanding of British history and imperialism, this ground-breaking book radically reinterprets the course of modern economic development and the causes of overseas expansion during the past three centuries. Employing their concept of 'gentlemanly capitalism', the authors draw imperial and domestic British history together to show how the shape of the nation and its economy depended on international and imperial ties, and how these ties were undone to produce the post-colonial world of today.

Containing a significantly expanded and updated Foreword and Afterword, this third edition assesses the development of the debate since the book’s original publication, discusses the imperial era in the context of the controversy over globalization, and shows how the study of the age of empires remains relevant to understanding the post-colonial world. Covering the full extent of the British empire from China to South America and taking a broad chronological view from the seventeenth century to post-imperial Britain today, British Imperialism: 1688–2015 is the perfect read for all students of imperial and global history.

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Making of economic policy after 1850, and in its chief modifications after 1880. Gladstonian finance The great cry for a generation after 1850 – as it had been for over a generation before – was for a small state and ‘cheap government’.1 The demand is inexplicable unless placed in the context of the unprecedented success and dynamism of the private economy in Britain over nearly 200 years. The tremendous buoyancy of ‘natural society’ and the widespread ‘middling’ wealth which it entailed.

Hanover and continental Europe.85 The Bank of England and the national debt were founded after the Revolution and not before; the development of the stock market, improved means of payment through currency reform and bills of exchange, and the rise of private institutions, such as insurance companies, all followed.86 These innovations underpinned the Revolution settlement, funded an assertive foreign policy, facilitated domestic transactions, and made the City of London a world financial centre.

(2009); David R. Green, Alastair Owens, Josephine Maltby and Janette Rutterford, eds. Men, Women and Money: Perspectives on Gender, Wealth and Investment, 1850–1920 (2011). Examples can be found in a number of the studies referred to in n. 71. Reynolds, Aristocratic Women; Julia Bush, Edwardian Ladies and Imperial Power (Leicester, 2000); Dominic Allessio, ‘Domesticating the “Heart of the Wild”: Female Personification of the Colonies, 1886–1940’, Women’s History Review, 6 (1997); Anne Summers,.

A programme of moral and material advancement set within a cautious evolutionary context.58 These developments were accompanied by a renewed reverence for royalty.59 The panoply of state occasions was reinvented and much elaborated, the honours system was enlarged and refined by the introduction of arcane gradations, and the upper echelons of the social hierarchy were swollen by the entry of new nobles and knights. A spirit of chivalrous medievalism left its imprint on virtually every facet of.

Between the national credit and political order, and he saw, too, that there was a link between the fortunes of empire in Asia and in the New World. As he observed of the government’s attempt to rescue the East India Company’s declining fortunes in 1773 by giving it a monopoly of tea: ‘it is somewhat remarkable that the produce of that ruined country, transported to America, should there kindle up a war to punish their destroyer’.179 It is not necessary to accept Paine’s interpretation of the.

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