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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century$
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Judith Brown and Wm Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205647.001.0001

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The British Empire in the Edwardian Era

The British Empire in the Edwardian Era

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This chapter places the British Empire in the spirit of the times of the Edwardian era. The Dominions seemed unlikely to give as much help as Britain would have wished. The Empire came to an end, not from any failure of metropolitan will or from white colonial machinations, still less any physical degeneration of the British race. International pressures contributed to the eventual decolonization, but these were not quite those anticipated by the Edwardians. The challenges of the 20th century, many of them skilfully identified by the Edwardians, were tackled resourcefully, and not always unsuccessfully.

Keywords:   British Empire, Edwardian era, Dominions, metropolitan, decolonization, Edwardian apprehension, British race

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