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The British Empire: Sunrise to Sunset (Recovering the Past) [Paperback]

Prof Philippa Levine
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8 Mar 2007 0582472814 978-0582472815 1

Violent, powerful, vast: the British Empire is typically viewed as distant and tropical. By contrast, this book examines the effects of the empire on men, women and children across the globe: both those under imperial rule and those who implemented it.  Looking beyond politics and diplomacy, Philippa Levine combines a traditional approach to colonial history with an investigation of the experience of living within the empire. 

Spanning the period from Cromwell’s rule to decolonization in the late twentieth century, and including an extensive chronology for ease of reference, Levine considers the impact of British rule for people in Africa, India and Australia, as well as for the English rulers, and for the Welsh, Scots and Irish who were subject to 'internal colonialism' under the English yoke. Imperialism often led to serious unrest; Levine examines the cruel side of imperialism’s purportedly 'civilizing' mission unflinchingly.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (8 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582472814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582472815
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philippa Levine teaches history at the Universityof Southern California. A historian of empire since 1990, her publications include Prostitution, Race and Politics: Policing Venereal Disease in the British Empire(2003) and an edited collection, Gender and Empire: History of the British Empire Companion Series (2004).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try 11 Jan 2014
By Billy
Levine's 'The British Empire' is a thoroughly interesting, well-researched and concise history of Empire. Do not be put off by the negative reviews of this brilliant book, which seem to have been written purely out of disagreement with Levine's historiographical interpretation rather than based on the quality of the work itself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Polemic 3 Aug 2011
By Cheryl
This is an unreservedly negative polemic about the British empire - it blames nearly everything that has ever gone wrong in the world on the British Empire and finds no positives whatsoever. It is certainly concise but offers almost no balance, analysis of complexity or wider context at any point.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This up-to-date and accurate description of recent postcolonial scholarship may be uncomfortable reading for those who wish to wallow in the nostalgic fantasies of Niall Ferguson and his ilk but good historians who study the British Empire are unafraid to deal with unpalatable truths.

This work is undoubtedly polemical and unreservedly negative in its assessment of the legacy of the British Empire. As such it represents the mainstream academic view and presents a reality that - sadly - many of us are simply too reluctant to face up to. It is a shame that a previous reviewer has decided to malign the academic credentials of the author because she has written something they do not agree with. I would suggest that those who take the pursuit of academic truth more seriously approach this work with the respect it deserves. They might learn something.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly biased 23 May 2012
By Bonqers
I'm afraid that I found this one of the most uncompromisingly biased books that I've come across. The empire was certainly responsible for many negative items, but to not find any positives whatsoever takes a peculiarly blinkered view of what was a massive institution that existed for nearly 500 years and was inhabited by many millions of people! Breathtakingly naive!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Narrow, Agenda-Setting, Historically Inaccurate 16 Dec 2012
By lexi1693 - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not by any means conservative, but even as a person with a very liberal view of the British empire, I was appalled at the way Levine sacrifices factual accuracy for her narrow ideology about gender, race and class. Reading this book told me very little factual about the British Empire and very much about Levine's personal views, often at the expense of very commonly known facts such as the chronology of the settlement of Massachusetts (for example, Levine mentions the 1629 voyage of the Puritans on the Mayflower early in the book). While I agree with most analyses of the British empire based on gender, race and class, Levine's way of telling the story was overtly simplified, overtly ideological and revisionist history at its worst. I do not trust Levine as a narrator, much less a historian, and I would not recommend her textbook.
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Polemic 23 May 2012
By Bonqers - Published on Amazon.com
A highly critical and unbalanced account of a massive institution that stretched all over the world, covering 500 years and involving millions of people. Very poor.
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 1 Oct 2011
By JVollen - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a class. I felt it was fairly easy to read. Enjoyed it. My "used" quality book was worth the price and the savings!
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