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Empire, Nation Redux
Mrinalini Sinha

reasons for, and implications of, this shift have been obscured in British imperial historiography for a variety of reasons. For one, the idea of a ‘Third British Empire’, in contrast to the First and Second British Empires, never quite caught on in imperial historiography; and, even when it did, it has been confined largely to the history of the Dominion colonies and of the Commonwealth or, in more

in Writing imperial histories

The book shows how people have come to approach the writing of imperial histories in the early twenty-first century. It explores the social and political contexts that informed the genesis and development of the Studies in Imperialism series, and the conceptual links it has sought to forge between empire and metropolitan culture. The book provides an insightful account of John MacKenzie's 'Orientalism': the problems of 'power' and 'agency'. The 'MacKenziean moment' needs to be read historically, as a product of the 'delayed arrival of decolonising sensibilities', where contemporary popular phenomena and new types of scholarship integrated Britain and its empire. Sexuality made early appearances in the Series through the publication of 'Empire and Sexuality'. MacKenzie's 'Empire of Nature', 'Imperialism and the Natural World', and 'Museums and Empire' convey the impact of his scholarship in the themes of exploration, environment and empire. The historical geographies of British colonialism have enjoyed a prominent place in the Series, and the book explores the ways in which different 'spatial imaginations' have been made possible. Discussions on colonial policing during the depression years, and on immigrant welfare during and after decolonisation, take their cue from MacKenzie's European Empires and the People. The later nineteenth century witnessed the interaction of many diasporas, which in turn produced new modes of communication. By dealing with the idea of the 'Third British Empire' and the role of the Indian press during and after the British Raj, the book repositions British imperial histories within a broader set of global transformations.

Making Histories, 1750 to the Present

This book begins from the assumption that race and empire have been central to early modern and modern British history. It addresses the question of how histories written in the past, in different political times, dealt with, considered, or avoided and disavowed Britain's imperial role and issues of difference. The book considers how we might re-think British history in the light of transnational, trans-imperial and cross-cultural analysis, for British history may come to look very different once it is decentered from the national and placed within an imperial and global framework. It, in the contrary, starts from the premise that the denial of racial and ethnic conflicts inside the United Kingdom together with the absence of race as a central category of analysis in historical writing has significantly limited our understanding of British history. In the final part of the book Kathleen Wilson, Antoinette Burton and Geoff Eley all pose fundamental issues about the terrains of contemporary imperial and domestic history writing and the challenges of transnational and trans-imperial work. Wilson uses her eighteenth-century case studies to think about the ways in which mobility across space and time unsettle the idea of the nation as a collective experience. She asks how the English and British overseas contributed to notions of nationality, moving away from the writings of those who thought of themselves as historians to the writings of those who were crafting new notions of national history and identity in their reports and letters from liminal sites of empire.

Saul Dubow

complacency (in 1936 he left the Round Table, frustrated by its mood of appeasement towards Hitler). Hancock records that at this time there was a tendency among politicians and professors to underemphasize the commonwealth’s external dangers and to exaggerate its ‘inward tranquilities’. ‘They took it too much for granted, as Sir Alfred Zimmern had done in his stimulating [1925] lectures on The Third British Empire, that all the territories marked red on the map were keeping their appointed places in a triumphant procession to the finishing post of self-government.’21 While

in Race, nation and empire
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An introduction
David Lambert
Peter Merriman

’ British Empire of settler colonies, India and the dependent empire, as well as the ‘informal’ empire beyond; and the changes that occurred in the aftermath of the First World War, including the acquisition of new colonies and mandates from Germany and the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific. While the political and constitutional changes associated with what is sometimes termed the ‘ThirdBritish Empire are not the focus of this collection, this period witnessed the increasing impact of new imperial mobilities, especially those associated with

in Empire and mobility in the long nineteenth century
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Andrew S. Thompson

on the ‘Third British Empire’, and by Chandrika Kaul on the role of the Indian press before and after independence, also seek to reposition British imperial histories within a broader set of global transformations. Developments in other empires were as likely to condition (and complicate) the ability of a metropolitan power to project its influence and secure its interests overseas as were the

in Writing imperial histories
Joanna de Groot

history of England (a Pitman reader), London, 1901, p. 157, Sanderson, Story of England, p. 210. 46 R. Holland, Britain and the commonwealth alliance, 1918–39, London, 1981; J. Gallagher, The decline, revival, and fall of the British empire, Cambridge, 1982; D. McMahon, Republicans and imperialists: Anglo-Irish relations in the 1930s, New Haven, CT, 1984; R. Coupland, The empire in these days, London, 1935; a useful summary is J. Darwin, ‘A third British empire: the dominion idea in imperial politics’, in and Louis, Oxford history of the British empire, vol. 4. 47

in Empire and history writing in Britain c.1750–2012
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D. A. J. MacPherson

-century Newfoundland, see W. G. Keough, ‘Contested terrains: ethnic and gendered spaces in the Harbour Grace Affair’, Canadian Historical Review, 90 (2009), 53. ‘The History of the Orange Order Wrapped in its Songs’, Sentinel, 6 July 1933. For this older historiography, see, for example, C. Berger, The Sense of Power: Studies in the Ideas of Canadian Imperialism, 1867–1914 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970), p. 5, 264. Buckner, ‘Canada and the end of Empire’, p. 108. J. H. Thompson, ‘Canada and the “Third British Empire”, 1901–1939’, in Buckner, Canada and the British

in Women and the Orange Order
Rhetoric, fragments – and beyond?
Neil Evans

the West’, in R. R. Davies et al. (eds), Welsh Society and Nationhood: Historical Essays in Honour of Glanmor Williams (Cardiff, 1984), pp. 90–107. 71 Myron C. Noonkester, ‘The third British Empire: transporting the English shire to Wales, Scotland, Ireland and America’, Journal of British Studies, 36 (1997), 251–84. 72 Hywel Davies, ‘ “Very different springs of uneasiness”: emigration from Wales to the USA in the 1790s’, WHR , 15 (1991), 368

in Wales and the British overseas empire
League, empire, nation
Helen McCarthy

Transnationalism, c.1880–1950 (Basingstoke, 2007), 48. 90 Alfred Zimmern, The Third British Empire (London, 1926). For scholarly assessments of Zimmern’s thought, see Paul Rich, ‘Alfred Zimmern’s Cautious Idealism: The League of Nations, International Education, and the Commonwealth’, in David Long and Peter Wilson (eds), Thinkers of the Twenty M2661 - MCCARTHY TEXT.indd 153 20/07/2011 10:08 154 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 The British people and the League of Nations Years’ Crisis: Inter-war Idealism Reassessed (Oxford, 1995), 79–99; and Morefield

in The British people and the League of Nations