|The Oxford History of the British Empire
- Volume III The Nineteenth Century.
Andrew Porter (Editor). Oxford Univ. Press, 2001.
"The Oxford History of the British Empire" is a very serious historical work that looks at the history of the British Empire from
many very differing points of view. This book is the third volume of a five volume series on the history of the British Empire and
the general theme of this book is the history of the British Empire in the nineteenth century. Rather than being the work of one
author, "The Oxford History of the British Empire - The Nineteenth Century" is an anthology of articles written by twenty nine
different scholars, each of whom focused on their area of expertise.
This volume is divided in two parts. The first part addresses a range of themes related to the political, economic and social history
of the British Empire during the nineteenth century. These themes include migration, trade, religion, science, imperial institutions,
technology and many other topics. The second part is a series of articles that study different geographical areas, including South
East Asia, India, the West Indies, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Polynesia, Southern Africa and Egypt. This book is
also well supplied with graphs, maps, and a thorough chronology of the historical events that took place within the Empire during
this time period. One note is that each article tends to have different time frames that better correspond to important historical
events, so the book does not rigidly follow the history of events that took place between 1800-1900.
"The Oxford History of the British Empire" is an invaluable reference book that brings together numerous different facets of British
Imperial history. As such, with more than 700 pages of information, it is an excellent place source of information. I would
recommend this book especially to people who are interested in one facet of British Imperial history and would like a handy
resource to fill in gaps about other facets of British Imperial history. This book would also be of much interest to people who are
interested in world history.