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Britain's Imperial Century 1815-1914: A Study of Empire and Expansion Paperback – September 6, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0333993118 ISBN-10: 033399311X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd edition (September 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033399311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333993118
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hyam's efforts have strengthened an already brilliant interpretation of the forces and factors making for British imperial expansion in the nineteenth century. The book reads well, the arguments are compelling, and the scholarship is impressive.>>>> (Paul Kennedy Albion)

Hyam has written much more than a textbook of empire....The freshness which distinguishes, to a high degree, the first part of the book shows why he is the most interesting and provocative scholar writing on the empire from the centre....It is impeccable scholarship which draws from intellectual daring and original thinking.>>> (Paul Kennedy Historical Studies)

It is a pleasure to stress the lasting interest and originality of many of its ideas and its presentation... this book deserves a large readership.>>>> (Paul Kennedy Andrew Porter)

[The book] remains the best overview of the period, and will be required reading for anyone interested in the British empire....Hyam strikes the delicate balance between faithful representation of the imperial experience and fair but anachronistic analysis....balanced, clever, and elegant...>>> (powell, john)

Rich in detail and bibliographical notes, rewarding in intellectual content, and a first-class synthesis: at once it will go onto the 'basic reading' list of British imperial history.>>>> (Paul Kennedy)

Rich in detail and bibliographical notes, rewarding in intellectual content, and a first-class synthesis: at once it will go onto the 'basic reading' list of British imperial history. (Paul Kennedy)

Hyam's efforts have strengthened an already brilliant interpretation of the forces and factors making for British imperial expansion in the nineteenth century. The book reads well, the arguments are compelling, and the scholarship is impressive. (Paul Kennedy Albion)

Hyam has written much more than a textbook of empire....The freshness which distinguishes, to a high degree, the first part of the book shows why he is the most interesting and provocative scholar writing on the empire from the centre....It is impeccable scholarship which draws from intellectual daring and original thinking. (Paul Kennedy Historical Studies)

It is a pleasure to stress the lasting interest and originality of many of its ideas and its presentation... this book deserves a large readership. (Paul Kennedy Andrew Porter)

[The book] remains the best overview of the period, and will be required reading for anyone interested in the British empire....Hyam strikes the delicate balance between faithful representation of the imperial experience and fair but anachronistic analysis....balanced, clever, and elegant... (powell, john) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ronald Hyam is Fellow and Librarian of Magdalene College, and Emeritus Reader British Imperial History at the University of Cambridge.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A rewarding but sometimes confusing read, "Britain's Imperial Century" examines the rise and fall of the British Empire everywhere from North America, to India, Africa, and Australasia. Aimed at students, the book is a good, interesting read compared to most soporific textbooks. It is not however an ideal starting point if you are not familiar with the topic. Prof. Hyam assumes a level of familiarity with the subject I found a bit steep, even as a student of British history. Unfortunately, the organization is a bit tricky as well, and jumps from subject to subject with little order. If you know something about the British Empire and are looking for a scholarly, engaging study, Hyam is your man. If you are just poking around - keep going.
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