Empire-building and Empire-builders

Empire-building and Empire-builders : Twelve Studies

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The twelve studies of empire-building and empire-builders which make up this volume range widely across the dream world that was the British Empire from the late eighteenth century to the Second World War. The essays re-interpret the work of imperial heroes, eminent historians, and fictional heroines. They illustrate the variety of techniques used by British empire-builders and the variety of explanations they gave to account for their sometimes infamous behaviour.
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 467g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138968684
  • 9781138968684

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These twelve studies of empire-building and empire-builders range widely across the dream world that was the British Empire from the late eighteenth century to the Second World War. Nothing in the British Empire was as it seemed: victories were defeats, defeats were victories, and the use of power was disguised by the veneer of righteousness. The essays reinterpret the work of imperial heroes such as Marquis Wellesley, his more famous younger brother the Duke of Wellington, and Wellington's rival in the pantheon, Lord Nelson; of eminent historians such as A. J. P. Taylor; and of fictional heroines such as Rudyard Kipling's Mrs Hauksbee and George Orwell's Elizabeth Lackersteen. They illustrate the variety of techniques used by British empire-builders and the variety of explanations they gave to account for their behaviour. And they show that to the British image and self-image mattered as much as achievement. The presentation of the achievement was often more important than the achievement itself.
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Canadian Journal of History, Vol 31, Dec 96 - review by Douglas M Peers, University of Calgary

"Empire-Building and Empire-Builders is vintage Ingram: it is witty, iconoclastic, and sardonic, and yet its playfulness belies the serious scholarship upon which it rests, and the provocative insights it affords. Students of imperial and international history will find in it much that will amuse, excite and (in some cases) infuriate them. What better recommendation is there?
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