Volume II of The Oxford History of the British Empire examines the history of British worldwide expansion from the Glorious Revolution of 1689 to the end of the Napoleonic Wars, a crucial phase in the creation of the modern British Empire. This is the age of General Wolfe, Clive of India, and Captain Cook. An international team of experts deploy the latest scholarly research to trace and analyze development and expansion over more than a century. They show how trade, warfare, and migration created an Empire, at first overwhelmingly in the Americas but later increasingly in Asia. Although the Empire was ruptured by the American Revolution, it survived and grew into the British Empire that was to dominate the world during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Series Blurb The Oxford History of the British Empire is a major new assessment of the Empire in the light of recent scholarship and the progressive opening of historical records. From the founding of colonies in North America and the West Indies in the seventeenth century to the reversion of Hong Kong to China at the end of the twentieth, British imperialism was a catalyst for far-reaching change.
The Oxford History of the British Empire as a comprehensive study allows us to understand the end of Empire in relation to its beginnings, the meaning of British imperialism for the ruled as well as the rulers, and the significance of the British Empire as a theme in world history.
P. J. Marshall is Emeritus Professor of Imperial History at the University of London.
List of Contributors; List of Maps; List of Figures; List of Tables; Abbreviations ; 1. Introduction ; 2. British Diaspora: Emigration from Britain 1680-1815 ; 3. Inseparable Connections: Trade, Economy, Fiscal State, and the Expansion of Empire 1688-1815 ; 4. The Imperial Economy 1700-1776 ; 5. The Anointed, the Appointed, and the Elected: Governance of the British Empire 1689-1784 ; 6. Religious Faith and Commercial Empire ; 7. Colonial Wars and Imperial Instability 1688-1793 ; 8. Sea-Power and Empire 1688-1793 ; 9. World-Wide War and British Expansion 1793-1815 ; 10. Empire and Identity from the Glorious Revolution to the American Revolution ; 11. Knowledge and Empire ; 12. 'This Famous Island Set in a Virginian Sea': Ireland in the British Empire 1690-1801 ; 13. Growth and Mastery: British North America 1690-1748 ; 14. The American Colonies in War and Revolution 1748-1783 ; 15. Britain and the Reovlutionary Crisis 1763-1791 ; 16. Native Peoples of North America and the Eighteenth-Century British Empire ; 17. British North America ; 18. The Formation of Caribbean Plantation Society 1689-1748 ; 19. The British West Indies in the Age of Abolition 1748-1815 ; 20. The British Empire and the Atlantic Slave Trade 1660-1807 ; 21. The Black Experience in the British Empire 1680-1810 ; 22. The British in Asia: Trade to Dominion 1700-1765 ; 23. Indian Society and the Establishment of British Supremacy 1765-1818 ; 24. British India 1765-1813: The Metropolitan Context ; 25. The Pacific: Exploration and Exploitation ; 26. Britain without America; A Second Empire? ; Chronology; Index