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The British Empire, 1558-1995

The British Empire, 1558-1995

Paperback Short Oxford History of the Modern World (Paperback)

By (author) T.O. Lloyd

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 472 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 26mm | 686g
  • Publication date: 17 April 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198731337
  • ISBN 13: 9780198731337
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: maps, tables
  • Sales rank: 825,113

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This is a comprehensive survey of the entire history of the British empire. Avoiding the polemics or apologetics that were inevitable when the empire was still at the centre of political controversy, T. O. Lloyd describes the full sweep of expansion and decolonization from the voyages of discovery in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the achievement of independence in the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing out both parallels and differences between paths of development throughout the empire, Professor Lloyd provides a unified and coherent account of a vital period in the history of all the countries that make up the modern Commonwealth. For the second edition, Professor Lloyd has revised the text, updated the bibliography and tables, and added a final chapter on 'The World after the Empire', which examines the important events and issues of today in countries of the former empire, such as South Africa, Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia.

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by far the best one-volume history of the empire so far written. Times Literary Supplement

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This is a comprehensive survey of the entire history of the British empire. T. O. Lloyd describes the full sweep of expansion and decolonization from the voyages of discovery in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the achievement of independence in the second half of the twentieth century.

Table of contents

1. Colonies and Distant Monarchs 1558-1649 ; 2. Monarchs and their colonies 1649-1714 ; 3. Peace and War 1713-1763 ; 4. War and Survival 1763-1791 ; 5. The Stress of Revolution 1788-1826 ; 6. Expansion without Effort 1815-1854 ; 7. Victorian Stability 1848-1871 ; 8. Victorian Activity 1869-1890 ; 9. Victorian Imperial Enthusiasm 1883-1899 ; 10. Fighting and Reorganizing 1899-1922 ; 11. The Defeat of the Imperial Idea 1922-1945 ; 12. Independence by Degrees 1945-1960 ; 13. Independence at Once 1960-1983 ; 14. The World after the Empire