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A milestone in the understanding of British history and imperialism, and truly global in its reach, this magisterial account received numerous accolades from reviewers in its first edition. The first to coin the phrase "gentlemanly capitalism", Cain and Hopkins make the strong and provocative argument that it is impossible to understand the nature and evolution of British imperialism without taking account of the peculiarities of her economic development. In particular, the growth of the financial sector - and above all, the City of London - played a crucial role in shaping the course of British history and Britain's relations overseas. Now with a substantive new introduction and a conclusion, the scope of the original account has been widened to include an innovative discussion of globalization.
Foreword: The Continuing Debate on Empire
1. Introduction: 1688-1914
2. The Gentlemanly Order: 1850-1914
3. The Wider World: 1850-1914
4. Redividing the World
5. Introduction: 1914-2000
6. The Gentlemanly Order: 1914-39
7. The Wider World: 1914-49
8. Losing an Empire and Finding a Role: 1939-2000
Afterword:Empires and Globalization
- A combination of brilliantly-written narrative and authoritative analysis, provocative and engaging.
- New discussion of globalization brings the arguments right up-to-date.
- A must for all imperial historians and anybody interested in British history of the past 300 years.
P.J.Cain teaches in the Department of History, Sheffield Hallam University. A.G. Hopkins is based at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.
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