The Empire Strikes Back? injects the empire back into the domestic history of modern Britain.
It takes as its premise the idea that the empire was integral to British state and society -not something off stage, which can be safely left to African and Indian history. It argues that the British developed a remarkably rich relationship with their empire that markedly extended the boundaries of domestic society. The book concludes by showing why the impact of the empire has become such a hot topic in recent years, and the influence this has had on how British people think about the society we once were, now are, and what we¿d like to be in the future.
Suitable for undergraduate courses in imperial history.
PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsList of Tables and Figures1. Elites
2. The Lower Middle Class and the Working Classes at Home3. The Working Class at Work
4. The Working Class at Play5. Women and Children
6. Domestic Politics7. Metropolitan Economics
8. The Forging of British Identities
Andrew Thompson is a lecturer at Leeds University and is the author of `Imperial Britain' (Longman, 2000).