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The British Empire

Ashley Jackson.

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism; British History. 160 pages.

The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction explores how the British Empire became so powerful and far-reaching. From the eighteenth century until the 1950s the British Empire was the...

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Defining empire: key characteristics

in The British Empire

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism; British History. 7471 words.

‘Defining Empire: Key Characteristics’ offers a mosaic of some of the Empire's main defining features beyond its physical presence. What was the British Empire? Beyond its physical presence...

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Engines of expansion

in The British Empire

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism; British History. 5554 words.

‘Engines of Expansion’ explores the impulses that led people overseas and engage in activities that drove imperial expansion. These forces included migration, trade, strategic rivalry, and...

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Introduction

in The British Empire

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism; British History. 3299 words.

At its height, the British Empire comprised over 13,000,000 square miles — nearly one quarter of the earth's land surface — and Britain was responsible for ruling over 500 million people,...

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Legacies

in The British Empire

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism; British History. 6727 words.

‘Legacies’ examines some of the legacies of the British Empire and the debate as to whether it was a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ thing. There are many substantial legacies that continue to shape the...

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The red on the map

in The British Empire

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism; British History. 3908 words.

Why did Britain control the world's greatest empire? ‘The Red on the Map’ seeks to answer this question and the related question: what was the British Empire? The British Empire comprised...

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Rise and fall

in The British Empire

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism; British History. 9332 words.

‘Rise and Fall’ charts how the British Empire grew in stages over the course of many centuries: in North America and the West Indies, through phases of expansion in South Asia and...

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Writing the Empire story

in The British Empire

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism; British History. 1894 words.

‘Writing the Empire Story’ examines how this powerful theme of Empire has influenced both British and postcolonial consciousness. Empire was once a central feature of the British national...

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