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eBook The Lion's Share: A Short History of British Imperialism, 1850-1983 epub
  • ISBN: 0582493870
  • Author: Bernard Porter
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Europe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman Ltd; Subsequent edition (June 1, 1984)
  • Pages: 418 pages
  • ePUB size: 1553 kb
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British imperialism is too big a subject for a 400 odd page book

Extremely informative and highly readable, Porter explores the nature of the "British Empire" during the last three centuries. British imperialism is too big a subject for a 400 odd page book. But Bernard Porter compressed it into this small book, which looks successful to me. This book would be very helpful to those who would study modern history from now on. But it would be also helpful to those who already have some knowledge about modern history in that the author closely examined the relationship between British Imperialism and British Economy.

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4th ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. This book is about the phenomenon of ‘British imperialism’ (not just the ‘British empire’) in the later nineteenth and the twentieth centuries: what it was, how it arose, why it fell, how it worked, what its repercussions and legacies were and are, and a number of other issues relating to it. It is a complex and fascinating story – more so than some simplistic popular reductions of it would have one think.

This leading general history of British imperialism, from its Victorian heyday to present times, has been thoroughly revised and updated

This leading general history of British imperialism, from its Victorian heyday to present times, has been thoroughly revised and updated. As well as presenting a lively narrative of events, Bernard Porter explores a number of broad analytical themes, challenging more conventional and popular interpretations. This leading general history of British imperialism, from its Victorian heyday to present times, has been thoroughly revised and updated.

This leading general history of British imperialism, from its Victorian heyday to present times, has been thoroughly .

This leading general history of British imperialism, from its Victorian heyday to present times, has been thoroughly revised and updated. He sees imperialism as a symptom not of Britain's strength in the world, but of her decline; and he argues that the empire itself both aggravated and obscured deep-seated malaise in the British economy. A refreshing look at one of the central aspects of British history.

Harlow, Essex, England ; New York : Pearson/Longman. Australian/Harvard Citation.

ISBN 10: 0582493870 ISBN 13: 9780582493872. Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman Ltd, 1984.

Bernard Porter is Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Newcastle, UK. One of the most important and controversial historians of the British Imperial period, his works include The Absent-Minded Imperialists (2006), winner of the AHA Maurice Forkosch Prize

Bernard Porter is Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Newcastle, UK. One of the most important and controversial historians of the British Imperial period, his works include The Absent-Minded Imperialists (2006), winner of the AHA Maurice Forkosch Prize. Country of Publication.

Comments: (6)
Tebei
I would strongly recommend "The Lion's Share" by Bernard Porter. Extremely informative and highly readable, Porter explores the nature of the "British Empire" during the last three centuries. Porter takes the unconventional view that the actual acquisition of colonial territory by Great Britain, particularly in the 19th century, was not a reflection of its ascendancy as a world power, but rather evidence of its decline as it faced increasing competition for trade in Africa and Asia by other Western nations, particularly Germany, France, and Belgium.

Porter calls Great Britain a "reluctant" imperialist. Its Foreign Office consistently opposed the acquisition of colonial territory in favor of free trade without the attachments and entanglements of colonial rule. Only when the choice was between colonizing a trading partner or losing the ability to conduct that trade altogether because of competition with other Western powers did the British choose to plant the Union Jack abroad. The outcome of assuming direct colonial authority over a large portion of the world map resulted in unwanted armed conflict between Britain and its "dependencies," particularly in India, and a general resentment of the British throughout the world.

The parallels between the history of the British Empire and recent attempts by the United States to "spread democracy" by the threat and use of armed force, rather than pursuing diplomacy to build relationships that respect the sovereignty and culture of other countries, particularly in the Middle East, are striking. We can learn much from Mr. Porter's analysis of the experience of the British overseas as we attempt to restore the image of the United States as a respected member of the community of nations rather than that of the neighborhood bully attempting to impose its will without regard for world opinion.

Porter doesn't neglect descriptive accounts of such major events during the period of the empire as the Great Rebellion in India in the 1850's. Both stirring and thoughtful, this is book that is suitable for both the general reader and for scholars of the period.
Danskyleyn
A dense read, since it's a textbook, but really it's very interesting and well-written. I wouldn't personally recommend it for light reading (although I'm sure a lot of people would love reading this book for pleasure), but it gives life to the topic and is very accessible. I'd recommend using it as an information source for a paper or something.
Zainian
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Jake
British imperialism is too big a subject for a 400 odd page book. But Bernard Porter compressed it into this small book, which looks successful to me. This book would be very helpful to those who would study modern history from now on. But it would be also helpful to those who already have some knowledge about modern history in that the author closely examined the relationship between British Imperialism and British Economy. Because my country Korea was once a victim of Japanese Imperialism, I never doubted before that imperialism is just a method of red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism. Now I learned that things are not that simple. The author says late 19th-century British Imperialism was both capitalist and anti-capitalist at one and the same time, which broadened my scope of understanding. Though imperialism contributed to British economic decline, it also protected its citizens from red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism.
Hulore
I have read more than a few books about the British Empire, and this is one of the best. The genre's more readable books, like James Morris's Pax Britannica trilogy and Denis Judd's Empire, tend to be too episodic for a good academic survey. Bernard Porter's The Lion's Share, however, presents a comprehensive, linear narrative that still manages to be consistently readable. I return to this book frequently for both reference and leisure-reading. My only complaint is that the recent edition's cover looks too much like a textbook's, and will probably discourage bookstore browsers from discovering its pleasures.
SiIеnt
I first read Lion's Share, when I was doing my Honours History at Stirling Unversity. I really enjoyed this book, it was a good read, as well as giving a good coverage of this very important period of history and its legacy. It helped to put the history of the British Empire in context, to see its both good and bad aspects, as part of the larger picture of European Imperialism.
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