The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empire

ISBN : 9780198713197

Martin Thomas; Andrew Thompson
760 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Dec 2018
Oxford Handbooks
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  • Offers the most comprehensive treatment of the causes, course and consequences of the global collapse of empires in the twentieth century
  • Conveys the global reach of decolonization, covering the empires of Europe, Asia, and Africa
  • Connects the study of decolonization to the study of globalization
  • Contributions from a wide range of highly respected international scholars providing different geographical, methodological and theoretical perspectives

The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empire offers the most comprehensive treatment of the causes, course, and consequences of the ends of empire in the twentieth century. The volume's contributors convey the global reach of decolonization, with chapters analysing the empires of Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China and Japan. 
The Handbook combines broad, regional treatments of decolonization with chapter contributions constructed around particular themes or social issues. It considers how the history of decolonization is being rethought as a result of the rise of the 'new' imperial history, and its emphasis on race, gender, and culture, as well as the more recent growth of interest in histories of globalization, transnational history, and histories of migration and diaspora, humanitarianism and development, and human rights. 
The Handbook, in other words, seeks to identify the processes and commonalities of experience that make decolonization a unique historical phenomenon with a lasting resonance. In light of decades of historical and social scientific scholarship on modernization, dependency, neo-colonialism, 'failed state' architectures and post-colonial conflict, the obvious question that begs itself is 'when did empires actually end?' In seeking to unravel this most basic dilemma the Handbook explores the relationship between the study of decolonization and the study of globalization. It connects histories of the late-colonial and post-colonial worlds, and considers the legacies of empire in European and formerly colonised societies.


Introduction: Rethinking decolonization: A New Research Agenda for the 21st Century
1918 and the End of Europe's Land Empires, Robert Gerwarth
An Empire Unredeemed: Tracing the Ottoman State's Path towards Collapse, Ryan Gingeras

Part I: National Perspectives
1: Britain, Sarah E. Stockwell
2: France: the longue dur&eacutee of French Decolonization, Emmanuelle Saada
3: Germany, Andreas Eckert
4: Exceptional Italy? The Many Ends of the Italian Colonial Empire, Nicola Labanca
5: Apr&egraves nous, le d&eacuteluge: Belgium, Decolonization, and the Congo, Matthew G. Stanard
6: Portugal, Norrie MacQueen
7: The Collapse of the Romanov Empire, Alexey Miller
8: Empire by Imitation? US Economic Imperialism within a British World System, Marc-William Palen
9: Rethinking Empire: Lessons from Imperial and Post Imperial Japan, Louise Conrad Young
10: China, Tehyun Ma

Part II: Regional Perspectives
11: Decolonization in South Asia: The Long View, Joya Chatterji
12: Global Wars and Decolonization in East and South East Asia, 1927-1954, Christopher Goscha
13: The End of Empire in the Maghreb: The Common Heritage and Distinct Destinies of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, Sylvie Th&eacutenault
14: Decolonization in Tropical Africa, Frederick Cooper
15: The Caribbean, Spencer Mawby
16: Eastern Europe, James Mark and Quinn Slobodian
17: Decolonization and the Arid World, Robert S. G. Fletcher
18: The Open Ends of the Dutch Empire and the Indonesian Past: Sites, Scholarly Networks, and Moral Geographies of Greater India across Decolonization, Marieke Bloembergen

Part III: Thematic Perspectives
19: Self-determination and Decolonization, Brad Simpson
20: Anti-colonialism, Christopher J. Lee
21: Unravelling the Relationships between Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and Decolonization: Time for a Radical Rethink?, Andrew Thompson
22: Decolonization and Cold War, Piero Gleijeses
23: Violence, Insurgency, and Ends of Empire, Martin Thomas
24: Nationalism, Development, and Welfare Colonialism: Gender and the Dynamics of Decolonization, Barbara Bush
25: Repressive Developmentalism: Idioms, Repertoires, and Trajectories in Late Colonialism, Miguel Bandeira Jer&oacutenimo
26: Islamic Revolutionaries and the End of Empire, David Motadel
27: Refugees and the End of Empire, Panikos Panayi

Part IV: Legacies and Memories
28: Postcolonial Migrations to Europe, Elizabeth Buettner
29: Beyond Dependency: North-South Relationships in the Age of Development, Joseph Morgan Hodge
30: Imperial Business Interests, Decolonization and Post- Colonial Diversification, Nicholas J. White
31: Film and the End of Empire: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Colonial Pasts and their Legacy in World Cinemas, Paul Cooke
32: Remnants of Empire, Michael J. Parsons
33: Literature and Decolonization, Charles Forsdick
34: Apologies, Restitutions and Compensation: Making Reparations for Colonialism, Robert Aldrich

About the author: 

Edited by Martin Thomas, Professor of History, University of Exeter, and Andrew Thompson, Professor of History, University of Exeter
Martin Thomas is Professor of Imperial History and Director of the Centre for the Study of War, State, and Society at the University of Exeter. A specialist in the politics of contested decolonization, his most recent publications are Violence and Colonial Order: Police, Workers and Protest in the European Colonial Empires, 1918-1940 (2012), Fight or Flight: Britain, France, and their Roads from Empire (2014), and, with co-author Richard Toye, Arguing about Empire: Imperial Rhetoric in Britain and France (2017). He is an Independent Social Research Foundation Fellow and coordinator of a Leverhulme Trust research network, Understanding Insurgencies: Resonances from the Colonial Past.
Andrew Thompson's previous publications include The Empire Strikes Back? The Impact of Imperialism on Britain from the Mid-Nineteenth Century (2005), Empire and Globalisation. Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, c.1850-1914 (2010), and an edited collection, Britain's Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century (2011). He is currently a Council member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and serves on the editorial boards of South African Historical Journal and Twentieth Century British History.
Robert Aldrich, University of Sydney
Marieke Bloembergen, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
Elizabeth Buettner, University of Amsterdam
Barbara Bush, Sheffield Hallam University
Joya Chatterji, University of Cambridge
Paul Cooke, University of Leeds
Frederick Cooper, New York University
Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University
Robert S. G. Fletcher, University of Warwick
Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool
Robert Gerwarth, University College, Dublin
Ryan Gingeras, United States Naval Postgraduate School
Piero Gleijeses, Johns Hopkins University
Christopher Goscha, University of Quebec
Joseph Morgan Hodge, West Virginia University
Miguel Bandeira Jeronimo, Social Studies-University of Coimbra
Nicola Labanca, University of Siena
Christopher J. Lee, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania
Tehyun Ma, University of Sheffield
Norrie MacQueen, University of St Andrews
James Mark, University of Exeter
Spencer Mawby, University of Nottingham
Alexey Miller, European University of St Petersburg
David Motadel, London School of Economics
Marc-William Palen, University of Exeter 
Panikos Panayi, De Montfort University
Michael J. Parsons, Universite de Pau et des pays de l' Adour
Emmanuelle Saada, Columbia University
Brad Simpson, University of Connecticut
Quinn Slobodian, Wellesley College
Matthew G. Stanard, Berry College
Sarah E. Stockwell, King's College, London
Sylvie Thenault, University of Paris 
Martin Thomas, University of Exeter
Andrew Thompson, University of Exeter 
Nicholas J. White, Liverpool John Moores University
Louise Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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