Global Expansion

Global Expansion : Britain and Its Empire, 1870-1914

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In this clear and concise reassessment of British imperialism, Willie Thompson examines the underlying social, economic and political forces that facilitated expansion during the key period of 1870-1914. Relating colonial expansion to both domestic politics and international relations, Professor Thompson identifies the shifts in world economic and political relationships, especially the challenge from an emergent German Reich, as the driving forces behind the fresh burst of expansionist energy during the period. He considers in detail the relations with the British state and various types of colony, from the semi-autonomous settlement colonies to wholly subordinated African territories and semi-colonies such as China and the Ottoman Empire. The impact of imperial ideology on British society and culture, both official and popular, and on political perceptions is explored, as is the structure of international relations and tensions generated by this phase of imperialism. This is the first short text to bring together the various dimensions of late- nineteenth-century imperialism - not just colonial expansion - and view them within the context of a broader post-seventeenth-century imperial more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 12mm | 199.58g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 Maps
  • 0745312357
  • 9780745312354

About Willie Thompson

Willie Thompson was until his retirement Professor of Contemporary History at Glasgow Caledonian University. His books, published by Pluto, include The Good Old Cause: British Communism 1920-1991 (1992), What Happened to History? (2000) and Ideologies in the Age of Extremes: Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Fascism 1914-91 (2011). He is currently vice-president of the Socialist History more

Table of contents

Preface Chronology Maps 1. Introduction 2. The British Empire on the Eve 3. The Drive into Africa 4. Other Extensions 5. The Evolved Imperial Structure 6. Imperial Relations 7.Significance of Empire References Indexshow more