The Oxford history of the British Empire

by William Roger Louis

Paper Book, 1998




Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998-1999.


This volume explores the origins of empire. It shows how and why England, and later Britain, became involved with transoceanic navigation, trade, and settlement during the 16th and 17th centuries.

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LibraryThing member xenchu
This book is an overview of the first period of the creation of the British Empire. It covers all parts of that empire from India to the New World. Each chapter was written by a different expert. Each chapter has its own bibliography.

The writing is even but a little unimaginative. As I said this is
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an overview so interesting and personal details are left out. This is a book of reference so would be valuable for the writing of papers on the subject but it does lack in reading pleasure. I will not be buying the other four books in the series (they are expensive). I can recommend it for reference purposes.
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