British Empire

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The Age of Empire 1875 - 1914
Hobsbawm, E.J.
Book
1987
Covers the rise of bourgeois society, the growth of free market capitalism and the expansion of European colonialism abroad.
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1994
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
Britain and Nigeria: Exploitation or Development?
Falola, Toyin (ed.)
Book
1989
Some of Nigeria's most prominent progressive historians have combined to write a coherent and organized account of the economic relationship foisted on Nigeria by the British colonial occupation. The ...
The British Rule in India
Marx, Karl
Article
1853
England has broken down the entire framework of Indian society, without any symptoms of reconstitution yet appearing. This loss of his old world, with no gain of a new one, imparts a particular kind o...
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America: Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil
Frank, Andre Gunder
Book
1967
The four essays in this book offer a sweeping reinterpretation of Latin American history as an aspect of the world-wide spread of capitalism in its commercial and industrial phases.
The East India Company - Its History and Results
Marx, Karl
Article
1853
Thus the British Government has been fighting, under the Company's name, for two centuries, till at last the natural limits of India were reached. We understand now, why during ail this time all parti...
Expulsion of the Acadians: Wikipedia article
Article
The Expulsion of the Acadians, also known as the Great Upheaval, the Great Expulsion, the Great Deportation and Le Grand Dérangement, was the forced removal by the British of the Acadian people from t...
From Sykes-Picot to "Islamic State": Imperialism's Bloody Wreckage
Mather, Yasmine
Article
2014
When the Jihadist group Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) changed its name and declared the establishment of the Caliphate, it did so with the release of a promotional video entitled "The End of ...
The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies, and the Shaping of a Modern Nation
Cobain, Ian
Book
2016
Ian Cobain uncovers the role of secrecy in the British state - and the lies, omissions and misrepresentations we've been fed to maintain the facade of a fair and just Britain.
The History Thieves - Review: How Britain covered up its imperial crimes
Jack, Ian
Book
2016
A review of Ian Cobain's book The History Thieves, an engrossing study which identifies secrecy as a 'very British disease', exploring how, as the empire came to an end, government officials burned th...
Imperial silences: From Rhodes to Surabaya
Newsinger, John
Article
2016
The campaign last year to have the statue of Cecil Rhodes removed from Oriel College, Oxford, has provoked more discussion of the British Empire and its crimes than we have seen for many years. Rather...
Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India: Book review
Sinclair, Ian
Article
2017
A review of Shashi Tharoor's book "Inglorious Empire", which is a scorching indictment of British rule in India and British imperialism in general.
Ireland and the Irish Question
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Brings together all of Marx's and Engels' writing on Ireland in one volume.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 12: Marx and Engels 1853 - 1854
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Articles mainly on British colonialism.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 14: Marx and Engels 1855 - 1856
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Includes material on British politics and the Crimean War.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 15: Marx and Engels 1856 - 1858
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
1858
Mainly articles about Europe, colonialism, and India.
Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies
Anderson, Kevin B.
Book
2010
Marx’s critique of capital was far broader than is usually supposed. To be sure, he concentrated on the labor-capital relation within Western Europe and North America. But at the same time, he expen...
A Marxist History of the World part 44: Wars of empire
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
The English Revolution transformed Britain into a capitalist economy engaging in geopolitical competition. Neil Faulkner looks at how Britain became the dominant global superpower of the 19th Century.
A Marxist History of the World part 68: 1914: descent into barbarism
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In the summer of 1914 capitalism tipped humanity into an abyss of barbarism that would leave millions dead. Neil Faulkner looks at the First World War.
Memory Against Forgetting: the Resonance of Bloody Sunday
Kernan, Mark
Article
2017
The museum John guards is a physical manifestation of the moral necessity of remembering that day’s cataclysmic violence. An attempt to remember the silences imposed on peoples’ experiences by time an...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016: Depression and Joy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
It’s a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence t...
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital
Chibber, Vivek
Book
2013
Against the thesis that Western subalterns are made of different stuff, Chibber argues that human beings are, at their core, not that different across contexts. The winds of history and culture may ch...
Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games
Wallberg, Eric
Book
2011
An analysis of the development of imperialism over the past century.
Press for Conversion #47: March 2002
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2002
This issue begins with a series of articles examining the historical context of the conflict between India and Pakistan.
Revolutionary Centennial: Guyana's 1905 Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 114
Westmaas, Nigel
Article
2005
1905 was a landmark year in the history of Guyana, as it was for several places around the world. In Russia, the Tsar and his troops shot workers delivering a petition in St. Petersburg. In Bengal t...
The Rise of British Imperialism: Capitalism and Slavery (Part Two)
Article
2015
A presentation on the developments that made Britain the first modern imperialist power.
Roy, M.N. - Writings - Index
Roy, M.N.
Article
Writings of M.N. Roy (1887-1954).
The Scramble for Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912
Pakenham, Thomas
Book
1991
Describes the brief vicious scramble by Europe's imperial powers to seize colonies throughout the continent of Africa. Pakenham strips the impresarios of imperialism of their veneer of Victorian heroi...
The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440 - 1870
Thomas, Hugh
Book
1997
A comprehensive history of the Atlantic slave trade in which approximiately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in hou...
The Socialist Register 1965: Volume 2: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1964
Society and Politics in Colonial Trinidad
Millette, James
Book
This reissue of a classic study (The Genesis of Crown Colony Government in Trinidad 1783-1810, Trinidad 1970) traces the critical conflicts and issues as the island passed from Spanish to British colo...
Tasmania's Black War: a tragic case of lest we remember
Clements, Nicholas
Article
2017
Tasmania’s Black War (1824-31) was the most intense frontier conflict in Australia's history. It was a clash between the most culturally and technologically dissimilar humans to have ever come into co...
White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America
Walsh, Michael; Jordan, Don
Book
2008
White Cargo is the story of the thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain's American colonies.
Who Could Ever Feel Pride in the Balfour Declaration?
Fisk, Robert
Article
2017
Although the Balfour Declaration itself has been parsed, de-semanticised, romanticised, decrypted, decried, cursed and adored for 100 years, its fraud is easy to detect: it made two promises which wer...

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Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and underst...

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Black War
Wikipedia collective
2017
The Black War was the period of violent conflict between British colonists and Aboriginal Australians in Tasmania from the mid-1820s to 1832. The conflict, fought largely as a guerrilla war by both si...
Britain took more out of India than it put in -- Could China do the same to Britain?
Jack, Ian
2014
Large parts of India's economy were destroyed by British technology in the 1800s, and by deals that favoured British shareholders. Today, it's China that holds that kind of power.