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Arguing about Empire: Imperial Rhetoric in Britain and France, 1882-1956

Martin Thomas and Richard Toye


This book analyses the most divisive arguments about empire between Europe’s two leading colonial powers from the age of high imperialism to the post-war era of decolonization. Focusing on the domestic contexts underlying imperial rhetoric, Arguing About Empire adopts a case-study approach, treating key imperial debates as historical episodes to be investigated in depth. The episodes have been selected both for their chronological range, their variety, and, above all, their vitriol. Some were straightforward disputes; others involved cooperation in tense circumstances: the Tunisian and Egyptia ... More

Keywords: France, Britain, empire, rhetoric, imperialism, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749196
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Thomas, author
Professor of Imperial History, University of Exeter

Richard Toye, author
Professor of Modern History, University of Exeter