Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Martin Kitchen
    Pages 43-60
  3. Martin Kitchen
    Pages 61-83
  4. Martin Kitchen
    Pages 103-122
  5. Martin Kitchen
    Pages 123-142
  6. Martin Kitchen
    Pages 143-161
  7. Martin Kitchen
    Pages 162-177
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 178-197

About this book


From its modest to its recent disappearance, the British Empire was an extraordinary and paradoxical entity. North America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Australasia and innumerable small islands and territories have been fundamentally shaped - economically, socially and politically - by a nation whose imperial drive came from a bewildering mixture of rapacity and moral zeal, of high-mindedness and viciousness, of strategic cunning and feckless neglect. Martin Kitchen has written a fascinating, crisp, informative account of the rise and fall of the British Empire, concentrating on the 19th and 20th centuries but giving the background of the 'First British Empire', which was lost with the creating of the United States of America. His book is of particular value in relating the importance of the Empire to Britain's success as the only genuinely world power in the Victorian era and to Britain's ability to win the two great wars of the 20th century.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBritish ColumbiaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The British Empire and Commonwealth
  • Book Subtitle A Short History
  • Authors Martin Kitchen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-67589-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-67590-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-24830-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Imperialism and Colonialism
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