The Imperial History Wars: Debating the British Empire


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Bloomsbury Academic
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Dane Kennedy is Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University and Director of the National History Center, USA. His recent publications include How Empire Shaped Us (with Antoinette Burton, 2016), Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction (2016), and The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia (2013).


The Imperial History Wars can be a minefield - both academically and politically. Dane Kennedy is one of the few historians who could have negotiated this battlefield in such a wide-ranging and adroit way. Generous in its historiographic assessments while still being provocative and engaging in its analysis and insights, this volume will serve as a gateway for scholars and students wishing to make their way in British imperial studies for years to come.
Tillman Nechtman, Skidmore College, USA
Dane Kennedy is a judicious, omnivorous historian who is always at the forefront of historiographical debate. The chapters collected here include enduring classics and more up-to-date interventions. Taken together, they provide a comprehensive overview of the significant debates on the writing of British imperial history in the wake of post-colonialism.
David Armitage, Harvard University, USA
No other historian has paid more attention to the range of invigorating, and often conflicting, trends in the recent study of imperial history than Dane Kennedy. His work has been strikingly influential in opening out the field, in illuminating but never uncritical ways, to the influences coming from other disciplines and a variety of 'schools' of thought, such as postcolonial and subaltern studies. He has also been notably concerned with linking such debates to present events, as well as to the controversial analyses of a modern 'imperial' United States. This book presents an exceptionally valuable collection of material which illustrates and integrates these various approaches, notably bringing them up to date with the extraordinary elections of 2016, of President Trump in the USA, and of the 'Brexit' referendum in the United Kingdom.
John M. MacKenzie, Professor Emeritus, Lancaster University, UK