The Lion's Share: A Short History of British Imperialism, 1850-2004

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Pearson/Longman, 2004 - History - 445 pages
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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. 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. 

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Great overview of the British Empire. Clear, organized, and easy to read. Read full review

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User Review  - Freddie - Goodreads

Pleasant narrative to the history of the British Empire, could have been more critical at parts but considerably better than most British historian accounts of Empire - a refreshing alternative to the apologist agendas of most of the British historiography around Empire. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Bernard Porter is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Newcastle. His previous publications include Britannia¿s Burden: The Political Evolution of Modern Britain 1851-1990 (1994) and The Absent-Minded Imperialists: The Empire in British society and culture, 1800-1940 (2004).

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