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The Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c.1750-1783

P.J. Marshall


The loss of the greater part of the British Empire in North America, along with the independence of the former thirteen colonies and the creation of a new British territorial empire in eastern India, are conventionally interpreted as unconnected events. American independence has long been seen as marking the end of a ‘first’, largely trading, Atlantic empire of white settlement, while the extension of British rule over Bengal signalled the creation of a new ‘second’ empire of rule over non-European peoples that was to spread over India and into south-east Asia and Africa during the nineteenth ... More

Keywords: British Empire, thirteen colonies, American independence, Bengal, settlement, non-European peoples, France, elites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226665
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P.J. Marshall, author
Emeritus Professor of History at King's College, London.