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Eclipse of Empire

By D.A. Low

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Format: Paperback / softback, 392 pages
Other Information: 3 maps
Published In: United Kingdom, 30 July 1993
The middle decades of the twentieth century witnessed the great dramas of the ending of Western imperial rule in Africa and Asia. A series of nationalist onslaughts was launched against the British Empire and these greatly reshaped the modern world. Professor Anthony Low has studied the end of the British Empire and its aftermath for many years. This volume brings together for the first time many of his major essays on the subject.

Table of Contents

1. The contraction of England: an inaugural lecture 1984; 2. The twentieth century revolution in Monson Asia; 3. India and Britain: the climactic years 1917-1947; 4. The forgotten Bania: merchant communities and the Indian National Congress; 5. Counterpart experiences: India/Indonesia 1920s-1950s; 6. Emergencies and elections in India; 7. East Africa: towards the new order 1945-1963 with John Lonsdale; 8. Africa Year 1960; 9. The end of the British Empire in Africa; 10. History and independent Africa's political trauma; 11. Political superstructures in post-colonial states (i) A register of constructs; (ii) A dislocated polity: Uganda 1960-86; 12. Little Britain and large Commonwealth (i) The post-imperial Commonwealth; (ii) Commonwealth studies and Commonwealth countries; 13. Australia in the eastern hemisphere.


'These essays reflect the interplay of autobiography and academic scholarship. Future authors ... will have to wrestle with the definitions of causes, categories, chronologies and consequences distilled in Anthony Low's pages.' Andrew Porter, The Times Literary Supplement 'His extensive scholarly experience of East Africa ... and of India, has conferred upon Low a rich understanding of national, sub-national and local politics in these regions. To his grassroot view of events and processes he adds a commanding metropolitan perception.' Ravinder Kumar, The Book Review (India) 'He ... displays ... astute analysis and the mastery of a wide range of sources.' Ian Talbot, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

EAN: 9780521457545
ISBN: 0521457548
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions: 22.66 x 15.01 x 2.31 centimetres (0.57 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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