British Imperialism (Histories and Controversies) by Rob Johnson

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This crucial consultant bargains a succinct, easy-to-read creation to the main concerns and historiography of British imperialism from the past due 18th century to the current. each one bankruptcy addresses questions posed via the character of imperialism in its numerous army, financial, political, and cultural types, whereas present controversies--including the effect of Orientalism and post-colonialism--are defined and set within the context of earlier debates. the 1st publication in Palgrave Macmillan's new Histories and Controversies sequence, British Imperialism allows readers to swiftly assimilate either historiography and key elements of Britain's imperial energy and impact.

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56 Racial antagonism was a consequence of the rebellion, but it was created by a combination of British reprisals at the time and attitudes towards the ‘natives’ in the years that followed. However, treatment of Indians as inferiors had begun before the Mutiny/Rebellion, and British rule was successfully re-established. Therefore, 1857–8 probably marks a point in a continuum, rather than a turning point in history. British rule in India: conclusions British rule in India, like the rest of the British Empire, was shaped by continuities from preceding decades.

Ultimately, this rebellion to restore the status quo ante was ironic. After the great shock of the Mutiny, there were changes in commerce, in security requirements, and in the degree of centralised control in India (contrasting with devolved representation in the Colonies of Settlement), as well as in the nature of the ideas of leading philanthropists. These dynamics have attracted the interest of historians who have grappled with the problem of measuring the extent of the impact of the Raj on Indian society and the economy.

However, Lynn also notes that Britain’s economic success, through its world leadership in finance and manufacturing, made it possible to dominate trade in the region almost by default. It was, as Lynn notes, a de facto policy of expanding British influence. The freeing up of trade certainly benefited Britain. Trade with China (imports and exports) stood at £4 million in 1830 and rose to £15 million in 1860. Even though it was of obvious and immediate importance to the war with China, the commercial factor has sometimes been over-emphasised in interpretations of imperialism.

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