British Empire

Selected Articles and Resources

Last updated: 4th May 2016

British Empire

A selection of publications that link to the British Empire 

 

1. A Commercial Revolution

The pattern of overseas trade is always in movement: new commodities are...

 

2. The Slave Trade and British Abolition, 1787-1807

In the 1780's the British slave trade thrived. In that decade alone more than one thousand British and British colonial slave ships sailed for the slave...

 

3. Savages and rattlesnakes', Washington, District of Columbia: A British...

Henry Unwin Addington, a nephew of the former British prime minister, Henry Addington, had joined the Foreign Office at the age of 16 in 1806. After serving in...

 

4. Eighteenth-century Britain and its Empire

The concept of an ‘English' or even of a ‘British' empire has been in use at least from the sixteenth century. What the term then...

 

5. Why the OBE survived the Empire

An anomaly of the British honours system is the name of the award most frequently given - the Order of the British Empire created in 1917. Each medal carries...

 

6. Queen Victoria

A century ago Britain celebrated Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee - her reign having provided 60 years of stability at the height of...

 

7. British Cooperation with the Zionist Agency in Palestine 1940-42

Nicholas Hammond provides an account of a little known Strategic Operations Executive intervention in the Middle East. In the summer of 1940, when Italy joined...

 

8. The Pensylvanian Origins of British Abolitionism

It can have escaped the attention of very few people in the United Kingdom that 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in British...

 

9. Winston Churchill and the Islamic World: Early...

Winston Churchill had a major impact on British and world history in the...

 

10. The Migration of Indians to Guiana and Surinam

While migration from Europe to North America and elsewhere is well known, that from India is less familiar to Western readers. Ananda Dulal Sarkar provides an...

 

11. Pressure and Persuasion Canadian agents and Scottish emigration, c. 1870- c....

In February, 1907, the Canadian government's most northerly regional emigration office in the British Isles opened for business in Aberdeen. Located near...

 

12. War Plan Red: the American Plan for war with Britain

John Major discusses an astonishing aspect of past Anglo-American history. All great powers have developed contingency plans for war with each other, and the...

 

13. The Press and the Public during the Boer War 1899-1902

Dr Jacqueline Beaumont Hughes considers some aspects of the role of the Press during the Boer War. The conflict between Great Britain and the Republics of the...

 

14. The first trans-Atlantic hero? General James Wolfe and British North America

Early on the morning of 8 June 1758, British frigates unleashed their broadsides upon French shore defences at Gabarus Bay, on the foggy and surf-lashed island...

 

15. Attitudes to Liberty and Enslavement: the career of James Irving, a Liverpool...

Prior to abolition in 1807, Britain was the world's leading slave trading nation. Of an estimated six million individuals forcibly transported from...

 

16. From Disraeli to Callaghan: Britain 1879 - 1979

A previously unpublished survey of British history by A.J.P. Taylor. It is a characteristic piece, though marked by gloom about the then recent inflation....

 

17. Jawaharlal Nehru: The Last Viceroy

Judith M. Brown spoke on Nehru as her subject for the 1998 Cust lecture at the University of Nottingham. Her portrait of this major Indian statesman is...

 

18. The Industrial Revolution in England

Revolutions of the magnitude of the Industrial Revolution in England provoke...