Abstract

Few historical subjects have generated such intense and sustained interest in recent decades as Britain's imperial past. What accounts for this preoccupation? Why has it gained such purchase on the historical imagination? How has it endured even as its subject slips further into the past?

In seeking to answer these questions, the proposed volume brings together some of the leading figures in the field, historians of different generations, different nationalities, different methodological and theoretical perspectives and different ideological persuasions. Each addresses the relationship between their personal development as historians of empire and the larger forces and events that helped to shape their careers. The result is a book that investigates the connections between the past and the present, the private and the public, the professional practices of historians and the political environments within which they take shape. This intellectual genealogy of the recent historiography of empire will be of great value to anyone studying or researching in the field of imperial history.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBloomsbury Academic Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9781474222990
ISBN (Print)9781474222983
StatePublished - Jan 28 2016

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    Introduction: The Autobiographical Pulse in British Imperial History

    Burton, A. M. & Kennedy, D., Jan 28 2016, How Empire Shaped Us. Burton, A. & Kennedy, D. (eds.). New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, p. 1-12

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Some Intimacies of Anglo-American Empire

    Burton, A. M., Jan 28 2016, How Empire Shaped Us. Burton, A. & Kennedy, D. (eds.). New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, p. 141-148

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Burton, A. M., & Kennedy, D. (Eds.) (2016). How Empire Shaped Us. Bloomsbury Academic Press.