Pax Britannica

Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon

Author: B. Gough

Publisher: Springer


Category: History

Page: 374

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This book by world-expert Barry Gough examines the period of Pax Britannica , in the century before World War I. Following events of those 100 years, the book follows how the British failed to maintain their global hegemony of sea power in the face of continental challenges.

Pax Britannica: British Counterinsurgency In Northern Ireland, 1969-1982

Author: Montgomery McFate

Publisher: Wilberforce Codex


Category: Social Science

Page: 410

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British forces conducted operations short of war in Northern Ireland for twenty-five years, yet they were unable to defeat the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA). In this heretofore unpublished dissertation from 1994, McFate identifies how certain cultural, legal, and political factors contributed to the longevity of violence in Northern Ireland. Viewing counterinsurgency as a self-reproducing cultural system with its own complex logic, McFate argues that limitations on violence prescribed by the counterinsurgency principle of minimum force paradoxically resulted in a very high degree of sustainability of conflict. Certain other factors—such as emergency security legislation, reverence of military competence, and geo-strategic compression of violence within a cordon sanitaire—enabled normalization and reproduction of the conflict. In opposition to this order, the 1981 Republican hungerstrikes used the silence of the body to incriminate the state, 'embodying' a resistance to the war system of counterinsurgency.

Traveling Genius

The Writing Life of Jan Morris

Author: Gillian Fenwick

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

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"Traveling Genius surveys the half century of work by British writer Jan Morris, including more than fifty books and thousands of essays and reviews, from 1950s America via Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Sydney, and Hong Kong to her home in Wales. Internationally known as a travel writer, she has also distinguished herself across many other genres by writing history, autobiographies and biographies, and literary fiction and essays." "Existing accounts of Morris's work are largely confined to reviews and magazine essays, and often concentrate on James Morris's sex change and transformation into Jan Morris. This is of course significant to the writing, and some critics detect a change of tone and style afterward, but a detailed analysis of how her writing works has not yet been undertaken. In Traveling Genius, Gillian Fenwick fills that gap in the scholarship with the first study to explore the depths of Morris's complete body of work, utilizing close readings and archival research."--BOOK JACKET.

Pax Gandhiana

The Political Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi

Author: Anthony J. Parel

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 220

View: 765

In this work, Anthony J. Parel makes the controversial argument that despite Gandhi's contributions to religion, nonviolence, civil rights, and civil disobedience, his most significant contribution was that as a political philosopher.

Constituting International Political Economy

Author: Kurt Burch

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers


Category: Political Science

Page: 252

View: 218

International political economy is both a discipline and a set of global practices and conditions. This volume explores how the two are related, illustrating the changing character of the global political economy, as well as changing perspectives on that character.

Imperial Reckoning

The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

Author: Caroline Elkins

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company


Category: History

Page: 496

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A major work of history that for the first time reveals the violence and terror at the heart of Britain's civilizing mission in Kenya As part of the Allied forces, thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British in World War II. But just a few years after the defeat of Hitler, the British colonial government detained nearly the entire population of Kenya's largest ethnic minority, the Kikuyu-some one and a half million people. The compelling story of the system of prisons and work camps where thousands met their deaths has remained largely untold-the victim of a determined effort by the British to destroy all official records of their attempts to stop the Mau Mau uprising, the Kikuyu people's ultimately successful bid for Kenyan independence. Caroline Elkins, an assistant professor of history at Harvard University, spent a decade in London, Nairobi, and the Kenyan countryside interviewing hundreds of Kikuyu men and women who survived the British camps, as well as the British and African loyalists who detained them. The result is an unforgettable account of the unraveling of the British colonial empire in Kenya-a pivotal moment in twentieth- century history with chilling parallels to America's own imperial project. Imperial Reckoning is the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.

The Routledge History of Western Empires

Author: Robert Aldrich

Publisher: Routledge


Category: History

Page: 544

View: 534

The Routledge History of Western Empires is an all new volume focusing on the history of Western Empires in a comparative and thematic perspective. Comprising of thirty-three original chapters arranged in eight thematic sections, the book explores European overseas expansion from the Age of Discovery to the Age of Decolonisation. Studies by both well-known historians and new scholars offer fresh, accessible perspectives on a multitude of themes ranging from colonialism in the Arctic to the scramble for the coral sea, from attitudes to the environment in the East Indies to plans for colonial settlement in Australasia. Chapters examine colonial attitudes towards poisonous animals and the history of colonial medicine, evangelisaton in Africa and Oceania, colonial recreation in the tropics and the tragedy of the slave trade. The Routledge History of Western Empires ranges over five centuries and crosses continents and oceans highlighting transnational and cross-cultural links in the imperial world and underscoring connections between colonial history and world history. Through lively and engaging case studies, contributors not only weigh in on historiographical debates on themes such as human rights, religion and empire, and the ‘taproots’ of imperialism, but also illustrate the various approaches to the writing of colonial history. A vital contribution to the field.

Events that Changed Great Britain Since 1689

Author: Frank W. Thackeray

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: History

Page: 217

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Ten major historical events are treated by both short factual summaries and longer interpretive essays. The introductions are penned by the editors, Thackeray and Findling (history, Indiana U. Southeast), while the interpretive essays are written by a group of American historians. The ten topics examined are presented in chronological order, examining the Industrial Revolution, the Seven Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, the rise of the British Empire, the Reform Act of 1832, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the movements for Irish independence and women's suffrage, the two World Wars, and the Thatcher era. Each essay is followed by a selected bibliography. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.