History of the British Empire


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Author  Charles E. Payne
Publisher  Lecturable
Publication Date   December 5, 2012
Pages  161


The British, following no preconceived plan, have found a way in which nations of infinite variety may yet combine in a friendly and harmonious federation. They have proved themselves the most politically minded and most politically gifted of all races, not only by making Britain the mother of Parliaments, but by the discovery that rigidity, uniformity and centralization do not supply the secrets of political union. In spite of many blunders and some crimes they have constructed the greatest and on the whole the most satisfactory political organization the world has yet known, and it is their offshoot, the United States, that has carried the federal idea to its fullest realization. Surely it is the better part of wisdom for the world to utilize and profit by British experience and British success just as it has accepted the spiritual heritage of the Hebrews, the culture of the Greeks, and the legal and political achievements of the Romans. Should this book give any of its readers a better understanding of the forces, motives and aims that have made the British Empire possible and of the light that it throws on the problem of world organization, it will have answered the purpose of its authors.

Contents: The Laying of the Foundation. The Coming of Sea-power. The Opening of the East. The Great Duel with France. Robert Clive and the Beginning of the Indian Empire. The American Revolution. The Beginnings of Australia. The Beginnings of South Africa. The Dominion of Canada. The Self-governing Colonies of the South. The Indian Empire. The Road to the East: Egypt. Imperial Problems: The Case of Ireland. The Effects of the Great War upon the Empire. A Balancing of Accounts.

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