Envisioning Empire : The New British World from 1763 to 1773
Examining the pivotal period between the end of the Seven Years' War and the dawn of the American Revolution, Envisioning Empire reinterprets the development of the British Empire in the 18th century. With exceptional geographical scope, this book provides new ways of understanding the actors and events in many imperial arenas, including West Africa, North America, the Caribbean, and South Asia.
While 1763 has long been seen as marking a turning point in British and British-colonial history, Envisioning Empire treats this epochal year, and the decade that followed, as constituting a discrete 'moment' in Imperial history that is significant in its own right. Exploring the programs and plans that sought to incorporate the vast new territories and millions of new subjects into the British state and imperial system, it demonstrates how the period between the end of the Seven Years' War and the beginning of the American Revolution was one of contested ideas about the future of British overseas expansion. By examining these competing imperial visions and designs from the perspective of Britain's new subjects as well as from that of British ministers, Envisioning Empire both illuminates and complicates the boundaries that have been drawn between the first and second British empires and reveals how the Empire was being conceived, discussed, and debated during an era of rapid transformation.
“A collective work of seminal scholarship, Envisioning Empire is unreservedly recommended, especially for college and university library 18th Century History collections and supplemental studies lists.” —Midwest Book Review
“This important collection of essays ranges across the globe to illuminate key debates about the greatly enlarged and much more variegated British empire that emerged in the decade after the end of the Seven Years War. The various contributions, by established scholars and early career historians, add up to a rich feast for anyone wanting to know more about 18th-century Britain and its empire.” —Stephen Conway, Professor of History, UCL, University of London, UK