The Making and Unmaking of Empires
Britain, India, and America C.1750-1783
By (author) Prof. P. J. Marshall
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Making and Unmaking of Empires by Prof. P. J. Marshall
Book DescriptionIn The Making and Unmaking of Empires P. J. Marshall, distinguished author of numerous books on the British Empire and former Rhodes Professor of Imperial History, provides a unified interpretation of British imperial history in the later eighteenth century. He brings together into a common focus Britain's loss of empire in North America and the winning of territorial dominion in parts of India and argues that these developments were part of a single phase of Britain's imperial history, rather than marking the closing of a 'first' Atlantic empire and the rise of a 'second' eastern one. In both India and North America Britain pursued similar objectives in this period. Fearful of the apparent enmity of France, Britain sought to secure the interests overseas which were thought to contribute so much to her wealth and power. This involved imposing a greater degree of control over colonies in America and over the East India Company and its new possessions in India. Aspirations to greater control also reflected an increasing confidence in Britain's capacity to regulate the affairs of subject peoples, especially through parliament. If British objectives throughout the world were generally similar, whether they could be achieved depended on the support or at least acquiescence of those they tried to rule. Much of this book is concerned with bringing together the findings of the rich historical writing on both post-Mughal India and late colonial America to assess the strengths and weaknesses of empire in different parts of the world. In North America potential allies who were closely linked to Britain in beliefs, culture and economic interest were ultimately alienated by Britain's political pretensions. Empire was extremely fragile in two out of the three main Indian settlements. In Bengal, however, the British achieved a modus vivendi with important groups which enabled them to build a secure base for the future subjugation of the subcontinent.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199226665
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Remaking the British Atlantic, Paperback (February 2015)
P. J. Marshall focuses on a crucial phase in the history of British-American relations: the first ten years of American Independence. Neither the trauma of war nor the failure to create harmonious political relations prevented the re-establishment of the very close links that had spanned the pre-war Atlantic.
British Discovery of Hinduism in the Eighteenth Century, Paperback (January 2009)
This book reprints some of the most significant English contributions to the early European understanding of Hinduism.
Proceedings of the British Academy, Hardback (March 2008)» View all books by Prof. P. J. Marshall
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Author Biography - Prof. P. J. Marshall
P. J. Marshall completed a D.Phil at Oxford in 1962. He was a lecturer in history at King's College, London, and became Rhodes Professor of Imperial History in 1981. From 1997 to 2001 he was President of the Royal Historical Society.
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