Some Books About The British Empire

A Listmania! list by S Wood (Scotland)
 
Revolutionary Empire: Rise of the English-speaking Empire from the Fifteenth Century to the 1780's
1.  Revolutionary Empire: Rise of the English-speaking Empire from the Fifteenth Century to the 1780's by Angus Calder
The list author says:
  "Angus Calders readable and erudite history of the 1st British Empire - takes the reader up to the end of the 18th Century."
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American Colonies: The Settlement of North America to 1800 (Penguin History of the United States)
2.  American Colonies: The Settlement of North America to 1800 (Penguin History of the United States) by Alan Taylor
The list author says:
  "Good one volume history of the British Colonies in North America from their small beginnings to the War for American Independence."
£12.99   Used & New from: £5.49
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Green Flag: A History of Irish Nationalism
3.  The Green Flag: A History of Irish Nationalism by Robert Kee
The list author says:
  "Readable story of Ireland under the British from Napoleonic times until Irish independence after WW1."
£14.88   Used & New from: £3.12
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Honourable Company: A History of the English East India Company
4.  The Honourable Company: A History of the English East India Company by John Keay
The list author says:
  "Excellent one volume history of the "honourable" company and its exploits and exploitation of India up to the Rebellion of 1857.   Very readable."
£7.99   Used & New from: £4.94
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857
5.  The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple
The list author says:
  "An excellent piece of historical writing that covers the 1857 Rebellion/Mutiny from the perspective of the last Mughal Emperor in Dehli.  A richly written and well researched book."
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British Imperialism: 1688-2000
6.  British Imperialism: 1688-2000 by P.J. Cain
The list author says:
  "Enormous tome viewing the British Empire primarily from its Economic perspective.  A dense but interesting book."
£37.99   Used & New from: £23.04

A History of South Africa
7.  A History of South Africa by Frank Welsh
The list author says:
  "The history of one of those harmful colonial bequests: South Africa. Welsh takes the reader through the twists & turns of its colonial history to independence and right up to the present day."
£10.39   Used & New from: £0.01
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Scotland's Empire 1600-1815
8.  Scotland's Empire 1600-1815 by T M Devine
The list author says:
  "TM Devines excellent study of the Scotish input into British Imperialism which ought to serve as a wake up to those myopics who blame it all on the English."
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The Boer War
9.  The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham
The list author says:
  "A readable account of possibly the largest (and most expensive) colonial war the British were involved in."
£14.18   Used & New from: £1.93
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800
10.  The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800 by Robin Blackburn
The list author says:
  "Well researched, cogently argued history of Slavery (not just British) including the perenial question about its links with the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.  A difficult but rewarding read."
£19.99   Used & New from: £3.59
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850
11.  Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850 by Linda Colley
The list author says:
  "Colleys thoughtfull book on the multiple examples of Captivity within the British Empire.  Endlessly fascinating."
£11.38   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire
12.  The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire by Dr Piers Brendon
The list author says:
  "Readable account of the British Empires fortunes from the American War of Independence in the New World to the return of Hong Kong."
£9.59   Used & New from: £0.47
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

The Year Of Liberty: The Great Irish Rebellion of 1789: History of the Great Irish Rebellion of 1798
13.  The Year Of Liberty: The Great Irish Rebellion of 1789: History of the Great Irish Rebellion of 1798 by Thomas Pakenham
The list author says:
  "How those humanitarian Brits put down the Irish Rebellion of 1798.  Pakenham (again!) gives a detailed and colourful narrative account of this brutal episode in British-Irish history."
£14.99   Used & New from: £0.01
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The Fatal Shore
14.  The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
The list author says:
  "The history of the founding of Australia covering the period up until the ending of transportation.  An evocative and well researched account."
£9.09   Used & New from: £1.93
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World
15.  Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World by Mike Davis
The list author says:
  "The ever intersting and bolshy Mike Davis considers Empire and its Famines aswell as the El-Nino effect."
£13.48   Used & New from: £5.61
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

The Scramble For Africa
16.  The Scramble For Africa by Thomas Pakenham
The list author says:
  "A fantastic piece of narrative history that covers the period around the turn of the 19th-20th century when Africa was deemed "up for grabs".  Other European countries as well as Britain covered."
£14.18   Used & New from: £1.69
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One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate
17.  One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate by Tom Segev
The list author says:
  "The Israeli historian Tom Segev tells the story of the British Mandate over Palestine, a good generaly impartial account."
£16.99   Used & New from: £0.57
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Sowing The Wind
18.  Sowing The Wind by Keay John
The list author says:
  "John Keay again with a readable account of the British (and also the French) and their machinations in the Middle East in the first half of the 20th Century."
£18.40   Used & New from: £2.55
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Duel in the Snows: The True Story of the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa
19.  Duel in the Snows: The True Story of the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa by Charles Allen
The list author says:
  "The little known British Invasion of Tibet is colourfuly told in Charles Allens narrative history.  An interesting footnote (unless you were Tibetan) in the history of the British Empire."
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The Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
20.  The Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic by Peter Linebaugh
The list author says:
  "Peter Linebaugh accounts for what mischief the lower orders got up to in the 17th and 18th Century Empire."
£19.99   Used & New from: £15.67
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Britain's Forgotten Wars
21.  Britain's Forgotten Wars by Ian Heron
The list author says:
  "Not a great work of analysis, but rather a journalistic account of the numerous so-called "small" wars Britain was involved in throughout the 19th Century."
£19.99   Used & New from: £1.91
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849
22.  The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith
The list author says:
  "Famine in Britains first colony,  Classic history that examines the roots of the Famine, how it developed and the British response."
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Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire
23.  Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire by Tim Harper
The list author says:
  "The history of what happened in Britains imperial colonies after the turmoil of WW2.  A story of liberation movements, counter insurgency and much more besides."
£16.54   Used & New from: £2.61
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Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya
24.  Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
The list author says:
  "White colonies were always the hardest to decolonise no matter which empire they were under,  Kenyas movement to independence was no exception as Elkins much argued over book shows."
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The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: The Demise of a Superpower, 1944-47
25.  The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: The Demise of a Superpower, 1944-47 by Peter Clarke
The list author says:
  "Interesting account of the crucial few years at the end of WW2 and its ramifications for the British Empire."
£12.99   Used & New from: £0.19
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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