The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction
by Ashley Jackson
Editor: Oxford University Press
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From the 18th century until the 1950s, the British Empire was the largest political entity in the world.The territories that make up this empire varied from small islands that vast segments of the continental land planet massesThe British Empire left its mark on the world in a multitude of ways, many of them permanentIn this Very Short Introduction, Ashley Jackson introduces and defines the British Empire, examining its historiography, answering a series of key questions: What was the British Empire, and what are its components?What were the phases of imperial expansion and contraction and the causes of expansion and contraction?How was the Empire governedWhat were its economic effects?What were the cultural implications of the empire, Britain and its coloniesWhat was the life of people living under the imperial governmentWhat are the legacies of the British Empire and make its place in world historyABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Presentations in the Oxford University Press series contains hundreds of titles in almost every fieldThese paperback books are the ideal way to get in advance into a new topic quicklyOur experts and authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to make it interesting and stimulating topics very readable.
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